Programs

  • AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
    • CHILDREN’S- After School programming for grades K–5, Monday–Friday from 4:00– 6:30 p.m. Homework completion, gym and Bible teachings are components of our weekly classes.
      • Tutoring is available for all of our children. Students are matched with volunteer tutors to strengthen weak areas and assist with special projects.
      • Daily devotions allow us to examine scripture and how it applies to our lives. Children learn songs and participate in activities that help them to grow in their relationship with Christ.
      • A hot meal provided by Kid’s Café (Monday-Friday)
      • Field Trips are frequently scheduled to explore our surrounding world and to encourage our young students to embrace the diversity of the city.
      • Breakouts are offered periodically throughout the year to expose our students to topics such as art, craft-making, music, cooking, gardening and a variety of other activities. We look for talent and put it to use in classes that expand student horizons
    • YOUTH Daily after-school program for 6th–12th grades, Monday–Friday from 2:30– 8:00 p.m.
      • Open Gym / Youth Room – The youth room and gym are really hopping when the youth arrive. Video games and basketball as well as many other activities are available.
      • Mentoring – Youth are paired up with mentors who help them develop their hopes and dreams.
      • Tutoring – Volunteers provide tutoring and homework help to Youth on a daily basis.
      • Field Trips are planned throughout the year to have fun, build community and expose our youth to new places and experiences.
      • Breakouts – Educational breakout sessions are planned to give our youth opportunities to participate in visual and performing arts as well as to learn life skills.
      • Sports – We always have pick-up games of different sports going on around the center. We also are involved in some organized basketball leagues.
      • College Counseling – We offer college counseling to any of the kids in the program who are interested. This includes examining current course lists, grades, prospective schools, tuition expense, etc…
      • Weekly Bible Talks- Youth sign up to attend and participate in Bible studies that show them how to use biblical principles in their daily life.

 

  • SUMMER PROGRAM
    • CHILDREN’S- The goal of our Children’s Summer Program is to offer a fun, educational setting for our students during their school break. Our hope is to maintain a structured learning environment that keeps children learning year round.
      • Tutoring and remedial help is available during our summer hours.
      • Daily devotions allow us to examine Christian living and how it applies to our lives. Children learn songs and participate in activities that help them to grow in their relationship with Christ.
      • Weekly Field Trips are a special part of our summer program.
      • Summer breakouts are offered weekly to expose our students to topics such as art, craft-making, music, cooking, gardening and a variety of other activities. We look for talent and put it to use in classes that expand student horizons.
    • YOUTH- Daily programming for grades 6th–12th during the summer.
      • Field trips are planned throughout the year to have fun, build community and expose our youth to new places and experiences.
      • Breakouts – Educational breakout sessions are planned to give our youth opportunities to participate in visual and performing arts as well as to learn life skills.
    • POST SECONDARY EDUCATION CONNECTION
      • LUCAThis organization was created with a partnership between PPC, Neighborhood House and Nativity to combine efforts in exposing college bound youth to various campuses. We are currently trying to revamp this program to include exposure to all post- secondary opportunities.
      • SCHOLORSHIPS– PPC provides scholarships to applicant yearly. Deadline to submit an application is July 1, of each year.
    • CAMPING
      • CHILDREN’S- Children are invited and encouraged to attend Summer Camp at Camp Loucon in Leitchfield, KY. This United Methodist Camp helps third – sixth graders learn what it means to live as God’s children. Bible study, worship and vespers are integrated with games and activities that express the Christian lifestyle. Optional activities include swimming, hiking, crafts, teambuilding, canoeing, fishing, nature hikes, hayrides and campfires
      • YOUTH Each summer we take a group of youth for a Camping experience. There is just something about time set apart from business as usual to allow for some great things to happen. This special time serves as an introduction to a life-changing encounter with God for some and an opportunity to grow in their established relationships with Him for others. This time continues to be a wonderful way to have a powerful impact on the Middle and High School students at PPC!

 

  • YOUTH MISSION TRIP- Currently, we are beginning to train our middle school youth in the values and purposes of mission trips. It is our hope to do a local/out of state trip within the next two years.  We want our children to understand the true meaning of giving and service to others on this trip and not a “vacation” experience.  Our children/youth participate in local mission trips that come to the PPC.
  • BACK TO SCHOOL-  This program takes donations given by our supporters and assures that all children/youth have the basic needs to begin a school year successfully.  We attempt to hit the highlights of the schools’ supply lists along with uniform and clothing needs.
  • AGES AND STAGES- In partnership with Metro United Way, PPC hosts a group for the Ages and Stages Program. This program focuses on the developmental needs of toddlers.  Currently, a group of parents and toddlers meet biweekly on Fridays for a “Mother’s Day In” program where PPC provides a lunch and a coordinator of the program leads the group in networking conversation and educational/developmental tips for the toddlers.
  • KID’S CAFÉ- In partnership with Dare to Care, PPC provides a hot supper Monday through Fridays from 4:30-6:30 to all children toddler to 18 years of age in the community.
  • VITA TAX ASSISTANCE– The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program assists low-income people in filing their taxes at no charge with the assistance of trained volunteers. The program provides an enormous service to our community by helping our neighbors avoid predatory tax preparation services and allowing those who file to capitalize on benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. The VITA program is collaboration between the Portland Promise Center and the Louisville Asset Building Coalition. Over $5 million dollars in tax returns has come back to the community during the time this program has been in existence at the Portland Promise Center. Given its success, our VITA program is being used as a national model.
  • TOUCH TWICE HEALTH CLINICThrough the UMC Good Samaritan Grant and volunteers of various professionals, we will hold a Health clinic that will involve Doctors, Nurses, Heath Screening mobile units, hair stylists, dieticians and other health related specialist. Community members will sign in and be partnered with a volunteer who will accompany them and walk them through the process of various needed health screenings.
  • BLOCK PARTIES– At least once a year, PPC sponsors a Block Party held at Boone’s Park or on grounds as a community socialization and information time. Free food booths, games, face painting and information booths are set up along with a DJ.  A fun time for all!!!
  • HOST LOCAL MISSION TRIPS
    • SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN– A week long mission trip where participants camp out at the center and lead activities with the children and youth. They also team up with a local church and provide community service to various groups within the Portland Community.
    • SHELBYVILLE UMC– A week long mission trip where the group comes in daily and lead activities with the children and youth. They also team up with a local church and provide community service to various groups within the Portland Community.
    • UMW ASSEMBLY CONFERENCE DAY OF SERVICE– PPC will host a group of UMW from the Assembly to do a day of Service
  • TRUNK OR TREAT An evening where volunteers bring a vehicle to the PPC grounds, decorate it to a “Book Theme”, and bring bags of candy to participate in a trunk or treat for the community. Free food booths are set up and the children, upon sign-in, receive a card that gets stamped at each vehicle.  They turn the card in at the end to receive a free book!!!
  • COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER Held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the PPC staff along with volunteers, set-up, cook and serve a free Thanksgiving Dinner for the community. All are welcomed!!  We usually serve at least 350 people.
  • PARENT CHRISTMAS STORE- Organizations and individuals donate items and money to stock a Christmas store at the center. Parents of those children who attend the center must do community service hours throughout the year to earn an invitation to the store.  They come on the evening chosen and are able to buy a designated number of items for their children at a very reasonable cost.  This allows the parents to get Christmas toys and gifts for their kids at an affordable cost without being given a “hand out” for the holidays.  They also receive a Christmas food basket from Southeast Christian Church and free giftwrapping if they desire.  Any money received during this event is recirculated into the cost of gifts or used for the children/youth \Christmas parties/events.
  • CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS STORE– A store set up by the staff with donations of items that children can select for their parents/guardians for Christmas.
  • BREAKFAST WITH SANTAPPC staff and volunteers provide a Saturday where community families can make reservations to come to the center and have a free pancakes and sausage breakfast, get a picture with Santa and leave with some treats.
  • CHRISTMAS PARTIES
    • CHILDREN’S- The past two years, the K-5 classes have attended a party held at Southeast Christian Church. They have a meal, visit with Santa, play games, and receive presents that were donated from various groups (pajamas, coats, slippers, toys, etc.)
    • YOUTH- The past several years, the youth have gone to Crestwood UMC, Southeast Christian or Boyce College for their party, where they have a meal, play games, and receive presents (shoes, coat or sweatshirts, )
  • EASTER EGG HUNT WITH EASTER BUNNY– PPC staff and volunteers organize an Easter Egg hunt on center grounds for the Portland Community. Families make reservations to attend.  Snacks are provided along with pictures with the Easter Bunny.  Groups of children attend to hear the Easter story and participate in the egg hunt.
  • VARIOUS COMMUNITY CLASSES- Various classes are offered at the center. The topics of these classes are chosen through grants, community surveys, and social/community needs.
    • COOKING MATTERS
  • ORGANIZE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS Many individuals who need community service hours through internships, school credit hours, and community or church organizations contact us. We try to accommodate their needs through grounds/landscaping work at the center and throughout the community, pair them with needs by local partners (schools, churches, parks and individual homes) and various other cleaning opportunities.
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS-  We try to broaden our involvement with the Portland Community to better serve the people of Portland.  We have partnered with local organizations such as Portland Festival Committee, Portland Now, Habitat of Louisville, local schools(Atkinson Elem), and Neighborhood House to name a few.  We also have partnership with JCPS, Christ Church UMC, Southeast Christian Church, Portland Ave Baptist Church, St. Paul’s UMC, Jeffersontown UMC along with the Metro United Way, Dare to Care, and Kentucky Harvest.  The PPC has been visited and is supported by local government (mayor’s office and our Metro council rep)
  • BASKETBALL LEAGUE We encourage our youth to participate in the middle and high school basketball league held at the Beargrass Christian Church.
  • GALA EVENT (formerly SIDE BY SIDE)– This is our annual fundraising event. This is the night where we spotlight PPC and its programs.  The evening begins with Hors d’oeuvres served by our youth during the silent auction and social time.  This is followed by a dinner/program with a local celebrity MC and live auction, and ended with a children performance and final ask.
  • MONTHLY TOURS/LUNCHEONS– On most second Thursdays of each month, Board members are encouraged to bring in individuals to tour the center and learn about what we do. A lunch is provided along with videos, greetings from the staff and a tour of the facility.  This provides great exposure to what we’re about and how people can get involved in the ministry of the PPC.

 

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