What does it really take to help children overcome barriers like poverty? Why is it so hard for homeless persons to get back on their feet? Find out when you take a Behind the Scenes Tour of Breakthrough Urban Ministries! Sign up now!

The tour was developed over four years ago as a way to give people an in-depth look at how Breakthrough addresses the challenges faced by families in East Garfield Park and adults in crisis. It also shows people how they can make a real and lasting impact.

“You can read about what Breakthrough does in an e-mail or letter,” says Brittany, a tutor in Breakthrough’s Nettie Bailey Student Achievement Program, “but taking a Behind the Scenes tour really helps you understand the extent of Breakthrough’s ministry reach.”

On the Tour, you will meet Executive Director, Arloa Sutter, in the library at the Breakthrough Joshua Center. She shares stories about the incredible transformation of lives–and Breakthrough itself– that began nearly 20 years ago and continues today. Afterwards, you’ll learn more about Breakthrough’s leading-edge approach to holistic care and about how volunteers play an important role. Then, you’ll finish touring the center, which houses programs for youth as well as overnight shelter and programs for adult women. After a short trip to the nearby Breakthrough Ministry Center, get a firsthand look at some of the latest ministry initiatives and hear about the exciting plans for Breakthrough’s future. This is followed by a time devoted to questions and answers.

One volunteer, Amy, signed up for the tour to familiarize herself with the Breakthrough Joshua Center as her group was to begin serving through the Manna Ministry program. “I had volunteered sporadically before, but I was surprised to learn so much about the range of services and Breakthrough’s commitment to end the cycle of poverty,” she says. “I was particularly affected by the story of one woman who had to give up her three children many years ago. She lived with that pain and devastation for so long, and even though she expressed the desire for grief counseling at many shelters in the city, it was not until she came to Breakthrough that she found the resources and support to begin healing.”

The Tour is even important to people who have even been involved in ministry for a long time. Ginger and John served in Christian ministry for over 20 years. After taking the Tour, they decided to become involved at Breakthrough. “We felt the integrity and compassion with which Breakthrough operates. The fact that this ministry is a good steward and takes a faith-based approach is important to us,” says Ginger. She adds, “Breakthrough has developed effective programs that work in the dynamic, urban culture of the 21st century.”