We work with families to eliminate barriers to access by bringing hope and healing to families right where they live. Through our Powerlines Community Network platform, we are able to recharge communities and strengthen families by providing the support and wraparound services they need to succeed.
How do we know what they need to succeed? We ask, regularly.
It is our belief that those we serve know what they need, better than anyone else. For this reason, we hold regular discussions known as Community Cafés at which families are given the opportunity to communicate their desires and ideas. As a Christ-centered ministry, we want those we serve to have a voice and a choice in how we can help them regain hope and move toward their dreams for themselves, their family and their community.
Through this client-informed approach, we’ve learned that some of our families’ main concerns include safety, employment, education attainment and support, spiritual connection and healing, health, and social and economic support. In response, we’ve found or initiated programs such as after school tutoring, life skills classes, GED practice courses, workforce readiness programming and nutrition classes, just to name a few.
Powerlines is supported by a long list of educational institutions, religious groups, non-profits, corporations and individual donors who believe, as we do, that an entire community can be uplifted one family at a time.
We work collaboratively with more than 100+ area organizations to reach deep into neighborhoods and families in Memphis’ most under-resourced communities including Hickory Hill, Raleigh, Frayser and Whitehaven. Our goal is to connect residents with resources that can dramatically improve their lives.
We are honored to serve youth and families in 10 apartment complexes and 17 schools while also offering wraparound services to the surrounding neighborhoods. More than 3,500 households are served through Powerlines each year. In fact, it is the single largest two-generation program in the U.S., according to the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS).
- Hickory Hill: Hickory Ridge Elementary, Sheffield Elementary, Winridge Elementary, Hickory Ridge Middle, American Way Middle, Wooddale High, Sheffield High
- Frayser & Raleigh: Corning Elementary, Frayser Elementary, Georgian Hills Elementary, Whitney Elementary, Westside Middle, MLK College Prep
- Whitehaven: Robert R. Church Elementary, Winchester Elementary, A. Maceo Walker Middle, Hillcrest High
We’re seeing significant, positive changes in the communities we serve. Just a few examples include that school attendance is up, grades are improved, parental involvement is increasing, job skills and parenting skills are being learned, and we’re helping hundreds of homeless families on the road to self-sufficiency.