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Meet Nicky, A Lincoln Village Resident

See how Nicky is thriving living in the Lincoln Village Neighborhood and participating in the Evolve Program. Nicky lived in an unsafe neighborhood where she laid over her daughter to protect her from drive-by shootings and now her daughter spends her afternoons riding her bike outside. Now Nicky and her daughter live in safe, affordable housing provided by Lincoln Village Ministry.

“It’s like a bird flying or a butterfly in peace” – Nicky

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Just a few miles from the most expensive houses in the inner city of Huntsville AL were men, women, and children surviving without the basic necessities. No running water or electricity. Plumbing didn’t work and floors were rotted from leaking pipes. Children had broken toys and went to bed hungry. A man with a heart for this inner city neighborhood stepped into the home of a little girl and her mother. That visit opened the man’s eyes and eventually a community’s eyes to the great need in their midst: the  need for Christ.

Lincoln Village Ministries is the product of one man’s call to action. The call has spread all over the city of Huntsville to pour out the hope and love of Jesus Christ into the Lincoln community.

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The Lincoln Village Neighborhood

What is the Lincoln Village Evolve Program?

Lincoln Village Ministry provides affordable housing in Huntsville AL. The Evolve Program is a Christian based support system where we love one another through accountability and relationship development. Every person in neighborhood has personal goals but due to various life difficulties, some goals been difficult to reach. We work together to develop a successful and joyful future.

Participating in the Evolve Program

When you participate in Evolve, Lincoln Village comes alongside you to help remove stumbling blocks that have prevented you from seeing success. We also use our ministry contacts to access resources that will help you receive medical health, job training, etc. We also work together to develop a plan that will provide you and your family financial security. However, the main purpose of developing our relationship is to help encourage you to realize your God given talents. God has made each of us amazing but sometimes we need to be reminded when we hit those hard bumps in life. As you begin living in The Village Neighborhood, you’ll realize that we are like a close family where we protect and care for each other so that we can have a safe, affordable, and caring place to raise our kids. The best way to describe our neighborhood environment is found in a Bible scripture that says . . .

“God himself is teaching you to love each other, and you are already extending your love. Yet we urge you to have more and more of this love. Be busy with your own affairs and do your work yourselves. The result will be a reputation for honesty in the world outside and an honourable independence.” (1 Thes 4:9-12)

Evolve is different because the all of the plans, goals, and success is created around your personal goals. There are three phases that describe Evolve…

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Lincoln Village Ministry | Evolve Program

Phase 1 | Evolve Program | Affordable Housing

Lincoln Village Ministry develops relationships to help encourage each person to recognize their God-given talents and purpose for their life. How is this done?

We meet together, we get to know each other, and we develop a relationship so that Lincoln Village can become your accountability partner. Often times, during this first year, you might see that childhood wounds or personal loss have put obstacles in the way of reaching your goals. We have developed relationships with counselors and mental health professionals who will meet with you to work on overcoming these issues. These one-on-one meetings help develop a positive, mentally healthy plan to move forward.

There are several things we work on during this first phase of the Evolve Program. Together we create a livable monthly budget, we set up a regular habit of paying bills on time, we learn what bills have affected your credit score and we work on making your credit score higher. Together we develop a plan to which allows you to decrease stress. Through this phase, many residents say they like to learn more about the Bible but they may not have not felt comfortable asking questions. A Bible study is not required to be in Evolve but many residents have enjoyed these conversations.

Lincoln Village develops relationships to help encourage each person to recognize their God given talents and purpose for their life. How is this done?

We meet together, we get to know each other, and we develop a relationship so that Lincoln Village can become your accountability partner. Often times, during this first year, you might see that childhood wounds or personal loss have put obstacles in the way of reaching your goals. We have developed relationships with counselors and mental health professionals who will meet with you to work on overcoming these issues. These one-on-one meetings help develop a positive, mentally healthy plan to move forward.

There are several things we work on during this first phase in our accountability relationship. Together we create a livable monthly budget, we set up a regular habit of paying bills on time, we learn what bills have affected your credit score and we work on making your credit score higher. Together we develop a plan to which allows you to decrease stress. Through this phase, many residents say they like to learn more about the Bible but they may not have not felt comfortable asking questions. A Bible study is not required to be in Evolve but many residents have enjoyed these conversations.

Phase 2 | Evolve Program | Affordable Housing

The Evolve Program wants to create an opportunity for personal growth and a place to learn the skills needed to develop a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle. How is this done?

During this second phase of accountability, we work on skills that help us live a healthy lifestyle. Often times the plan may include reducing debt, credit repair, and develop a plan for savings. Since we’ve already identified your personal goals, we work on making these dreams a reality. As one of our residents said, “It gives another way of living where you go from the mindset of just getting by to a mindset of working towards something- a real goal.” This might look like completing school, learning a new skill, working on having healthier finances, creating healthier relationships, etc. Of course, having an accountability partner means that when things get hard, you’ll have someone encouraging you to keep going. This is how we live out what the Bible says which is “…encourage one another and build each other up…” (1 Thes 5:11)

Phase 3 | Evolve Program | Affordable Housing

The Evolve Program wants each resident to celebrate completing personal goals, be living a financially responsible lifestyle, and know God’s plan for their life. How is this done?

During the third phase of accountability, we work towards a plan for moving out of The Village Neighborhood. This plan can include you working with our partner resources, such as Habitat for Humanity, in order to prepare for homeownership. We also continue to live a financially healthy lifestyle including having a self-sustaining job, growing your savings fund, and eliminating outstanding debt. God will have been teaching you through these phases more about yourself, your talents, and the plan he has for you. We want to work together for you to be fully living this out.

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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. Homes are either two or three bedrooms.

What are the Evolve Program 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

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