The primary mission of the Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. is to guide those in need toward stability and sustainability through compassionate, Christ-centered ministries and empowerment programs.
Donations are received by mail at our mailing address (785 Jackson Avenue, Memphis TN 38107). In-kind donations are also accepted on location or calls may be made for in city pickup arrangements. Online monetary donations can be made on our website (www.ncclife.org) as well as here on our Where to Give profile. Please contact Pamela Cox at 901-881-6013 x 115 for more information on how to give or to volunteer.
The Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. (NCC), established in 1978, is a provider
of numerous social services for the economically disadvantaged, as well as for
those in need of spiritual nurturing and counseling, and
educational/re-educational aids. The inner city of Memphis is in a destitute
state, and many of the area outside the inner-city are proving to be just as
destitute. The need for the services that NCC provides is escalating. It is our
desire to empower family units, men, women and children while equipping them
with the knowledge needed to be productive citizens in the city of Memphis.
Our vision for NCC is a community that lives and proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By conducting ministry that meets both practical and spiritual needs, we envision a transformation in the lives of those we serve, in effect “changing a generation.” Since 1978, NCC has laid a strong foundation of ministry in our community, and the coming years will build on that foundation to reach even more people by training likeminded churches and individuals to carry out compassionate, Christ-centered ministry.
Ephie Ballard-Johnson was born in Memphis, TN. After graduating from Treadwell High School, she attended the University of Memphis where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in technical writing. She then worked as an educator in the Memphis City School System for a number of years before serving as the Administrative Director of Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc., a nonprofit Christian organization that employs over 60 staff members and provides many programs and assistance for more than 50,000 neighbors in need annually.
After ten years as Administrative Director, she seceded her mother and NCC founding director, JoeAnn Ballard, as President/CEO of the Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC) in 2008. Since that time, Mrs. Johnson has spearheaded the creation of the Early Childhood Brain Development program- Operation Smart Child- in partnership with The Urban Childhood Institute, organized the First Ladies for Healthy Babies Network with the support of Tennessee First Lady Chrissy Haslam. Along with a committed staff, Ephie has a heart for the Memphis community, she is committed to the plight of the elimination of poverty through her service at NCC.
Operation Smart Child, is a program designed to improve brain and social skills development in children from conception to four. The goal of this joint effort is to drive the behavioral change of caregivers of children 0-4 in targeted neighborhoods by educating them on early childhood brain development.
Ministries program provides daily emergency food, clothing, and housing items
and rent and utility assistance to families in crisis throughout Memphis with
the strategic goal to stabilize their lives and then enroll them in
I. ImprImprove Compassionate Ministries (CM) service delivery to NCC clients at neighborhood based sites.
Adopt student engagement model into our Youth Programs to deepen relationships, more intentionally serve each child, and sustain partnerships with neighborhood schools.
Empowered to Succeed (WES) program serves
chronically unemployed women through basic life skill development, GED
referrals, computer skills training, goal setting, basic skills development,
mentoring, and job skills training in hospitality and customer service so that
they may gain employment and stabilize their families.
The Men's Legacy Program serves men ages 18-25, and provides them with positive opportunities to empower themselves and abstain from crime which include: free play/basketball tournaments, weekly community speakers or "Man Caves", crime prevention, and job readiness trainings/fairs. This program has approximately one hundred men actively engaged.
Family Enrichment program- NCC’s Love Builders program instructs, guides, and assists married couples and their children in framing healthy marriages/families. These couples then serve as healthy role models in their churches and neighborhoods through monthly educational seminars and an annual out-of-town retreat. Additionally our Legacy program focuses on increasing the involvement of men in the family unit within the impoverished community by building meaningful mentor relationships with them through recreation and Bible study.
Expand and enhance LoveBuilders and Family Enrichment programs to serve more married couples and families.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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Memphis, TN 38104