OUTREACH  INITIATIVES

The Whitefield Center is the host to a number of life-changing activities in the Thomas Square Area.   Find out about these ongoing initiatives below!

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Hope Academy

As Whitefield’s embedded partner and life-changing flagship initiative, Hope Academy offers GED and High School Diploma recovery instruction along with tutoring, mentoring, and career assessment . . . all in a relationship based atmosphere.

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Basic Adult Literacy

This program is offered through Hope Academy with one to one instruction.  Committed illiterate individuals have been taught to read in as little as six weeks.

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Women's English Club

This international initiative for women builds community and an understanding of American culture through English as a second language.  As of 2016, over 60 women and children representing 9 different countries are being served by this Hope Academy initiative.

 
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Common Threads 

This terrific enterprise was born out of the Women’s English Club. It is a vocational textile and sewing curriculum that prepares students for job placement as seamstresses and tailors.

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Elemental Reading Tutorials

Tutoring of elementary school children takes place at Savannah Classical Academy and Gadsden Elementary.  These schools both serve students in the Thomas Square area.  Savannah Classical is an AFTER-SCHOOL program while Gadsden is IN-SCHOOL.

Financial Literacy

What is a checkbook?  What’s a savings account?  What are stocks and bonds? What’s a budget?  These and many other basic and elementary financial issues are addressed on site in specific Thomas Square area middle and high schools.

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Senior Advocacy 

Senior Advocacy takes place at Williams Court Apartments, a Thomas Square area senior housing center for the financially disadvantaged.   This initiative includes a weekly Bible study combined with medical transportation and prescription medication assistance.  

Plans are underway to expand this program to Sister’s Court, a similar senior facility in the Thomas Square neighborhood upon its reopening.

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Summer Camp

After operating an inaugural, one-week “Cadillac” summer camp program in 2015, Whitefield partnered with Urban Hope to offer a 9 week program in 2016.  The day camp runs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 4 with a myriad of educational, artistic, horticultural and downright fun activities!

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Seasonal Tax Preparation

Whitefield is an IRS certified VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site.  This service is provided on-site at the Whitefield Center from January – March each year for individuals making $62,000 or less.

 
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CONVO Club

An outreach to international SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) students which includes community building with conversation regarding American culture and the philosophy of George Whitefield.