Frequently Asked Questions
Is Lincoln Village Ministry Just a School?
The mission of Lincoln Village Ministry is to share the transforming power of the Gospel of Christ and to serve through educating, sheltering, comforting, and equipping the Lincoln Community for Christ and His glory. Educating children includes the Little Linc, Lincoln Academy, Lincoln Launch, Learning Lab, Camp LEAD and assisting the public schools in our community. In addition, Lincoln Village Ministry restores houses to provide an affordable and safe environment. The Field Staff disciples neighborhood residents and families of students. Financial/budgeting, healthcare, and mental health services are a few of the resources available to residents.
What’s Considered the Lincoln Village Community?
Lincoln Village Ministry is located in the historic Lincoln Elementary School at 1110 Meridian Street. The Lincoln Community is approximately a 2-mile radius within the borders of Pratt Avenue, Washington Ave, Max Luther Drive, and Cottage Street.
How is Lincoln Village Ministry Funded?
Lincoln Village Ministry is a 501(c)3 organization and relies on donations from individuals, churches, businesses, and granting organizations. SGO (Scholarship Granting Organization) covers 70% of the funding for Lincoln Academy. You can see the ministry’s financials at About > Financials | Reports. Please contact Alison Trefry at 256.701.4303 to find out more about supporting Lincoln Village Ministry.
How Can I Learn More and Get Involved?
The third Wednesday of each month Lincoln’s founder, Mark Stearns, shares a powerful testimony about how the ministry began. Afterwards, volunteer opportunities are discussed. Please bring a group and come! If you are unable to come, Mark would be glad to come to visit your group!
Have You Started This Ministry in Other Areas?
When Lincoln Village Ministry was formed, a 20-year commitment was made to this community. Our staff often educates other organizations – both local and around the country – on ways to implement this type of holistic approach so that other communities can be transformed by the gospel of Christ.
What Does Lincoln Village Need?
To make purchasing easy, we’ve created an Amazon wish list. (see below) We also post urgent requests for needed items on our Facebook page, so please make sure to follow us!
How are Students Accepted to Lincoln Academy? When Do You Accept Applications?
Potential students must qualify financially according to guidelines determined by the SGO. Then your family must complete an application and interview process. Applications for next school year will be available January/February of each year. Income limit requirements:
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Where Do Lincoln Academy Graduates Go to High School?
The Lincoln Launch program works with Lincon’s 8th graders to make them aware of the different opportunities for both public and private schools. Parents of graduates can apply for scholarships through an SGO to help with tuition costs at local participating private schools. Graduated Lincoln Academy students attending both public schools and private Christian high schools.
Do Students Receive Scholarships/Sponsorships to Attend Lincoln Academy?
Currently, over 90% of Lincoln Academy students receive a scholarship through an SGO, which covers 70% of the costs for the student to attend. The remainder of the costs is funded through donations.
What Grades Does Little Linc and Lincoln Academy Serve?
The Little Linc is a preschool program for three and four-year-old’s. Lincoln Academy is a K-8th grade. Approximately 100 children are served through these programs.
What is the SGO? Why is it Important?
Yes! SGO funds provide substantial funding for Lincoln Academy students and we depend greatly on their financial assistance. The Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) provides scholarships for students who are zoned for failing public schools to attend qualified private schools. Under some circumstances, it allows for lower-income students to enter a qualified private school. Through this legislation, taxpayers can receive a TAX CREDIT while designating half of their state income tax liability (up to $50,000 for individuals and no maximum for C corporations) to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO).
Is Childcare Available for Preschool Children?
Yes. The Little Linc offers after-school care on Monday – Thursday for three- and four-year-old children.
Who Lives in the Neighborhood? Where’s the Application?
The Village Neighborhood consists of parents who are looking for safe, affordable housing for their families. These working individuals or full-time students have often faced obstacles but are striving to meet their own personal goals including education, financial stability, or spiritual growth. Applications for residency are available in the Ministry office or under Our Work > Comfort|Equip.
What is the Rent for “Affordable” Housing?
Rent ranges from $300-$375/month, depending on the size of the home.
How Do You Purchase and Renovate the Houses?
Donations are provided by generous donors. Lincoln Village Ministry owns all our properties outright. The exterior of the building is kept during renovation but everything in the interior of the house is removed and rebuilt from the ground up.
What is the Evolve Program?
The Evolve Program is a Christian-based individualized development program that assists Lincoln Village residents in obtaining the resources needed to achieve financial independence and work towards being free of government assistance within four years of enrollment.
The first year of residency, a positive working relationship is established between the resident and a Field Staff Neighborhood Coordinator. Any roadblocks to success in the program are identified and addressed, and tools are provided to overcome these issues.
The second year of residency, the Evolve Program develops a financially healthy lifestyle which includes debt reduction, credit repair, and developing a savings plan. Personal goals are set and monitored for success.
The third year of residency a plan is identified and worked towards for moving past the transitional housing of The Village Neighborhood. This plan can include working with Lincoln Village Ministry partners, such as Habitat for Humanity, in order to prepare for homeownership.
The fourth year of residency, the Evolve Program works to move the resident into the final phase of completing personal goals. A savings account should be fully funded, financial independence should be fully established, and the resident should be finalizing plans to move out of The Village Neighborhood.
What are the Evolve Requirements? Can I Get an Application?
The application provides detailed information about the program. The application can be found under Our Work > Shelter or Comfort|Equip
TAX CREDIT – Donate up to 50% off your state income tax to Lincoln Academy. In other words, you can provide a scholarship at NO cost to you!