Lincoln Village Ministry serves the community of the Lincoln Mill area now called Lincoln Village. In this community, poverty is widespread with women and children being disproportionately affected. These disadvantaged children face daily obstacles including physical, emotional, social, and psychological hardships. By making a long-term commitment to this community and by participating in every aspect of life, LVM desires to break the bonds of generational poverty and transform lives for Christ.
In 2002, with the support of churches in the community, concentrated interest and activity began in Lincoln Village. What was once a run-down area has become a neighborhood of committed friends and partners. Since the inception of Lincoln Village Ministry, over 20 historical properties within the Lincoln Mill Village area have been purchased and refurbished to provide safe and affordable housing for residents of the area.
Twenty-one houses have been restored with 68 current residents living in the neighborhood. Two additional buildings were renovated and provide rental office space for the administrative staff of HEALS, Inc. and LINC Research, a HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) business, which must employ 35% of its workforce from within a low-income area. Work was also just completed on a Community Center, where neighborhood residents come for fun, fellowship, and learning opportunities.
All of these structures have been completely renovated by thousands of volunteers from around the country. The vast majority of the credit for this portion of the work is due to two groups of retirees (the “old guys” and a few ladies) from Weatherly Heights Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, both of Huntsville. These two groups have been coming on a weekly basis for over 10 years. Their commitment and faithfulness has not only allowed LVM to make such progress in this area but they are also a huge blessing and encouragement to the LVM staff.
LVM continues to look for properties to expand this portion of the ministry. We currently have enough vacant lots that – Lord willing – will be used to provide an additional 14 housing units.
For details on how to apply for the housing program, please visit the Evolve Program page.