2000 - The Beginning
Working with St. Luke Catholic Church, we were able to provide a street ministry which offered clothing and food to the homeless population in Flint. These experiences help drove the creation of St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center.
2002 - A Permanent Home
St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center moved from working on the streets of Flint to the school building located by St. Luke Catholic Church. The first program began with 12 women who were ready to improve their lives by providing a safe place to meet, helping grow their self-esteem and further their education.
2008 - Social Enterprise
This milestone marks the launch of our commercial sewing business. After running a program of life change for six years, we knew the people we served need more than skills, they needed an opportunity for a job. Our social enterprises enable us to offer employment opportunities to our program graduates and provide value-added products and services in Flint.
2012 - 2017 New Ventures
Partnering with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Community Ventures allowed us to expand our mission to include a men’s work development program and a second social enterprise. Through several community partnerships we have grown these businesses and now offer dozens of employment opportunities to program graduates each year.
We continue to create programs to serve community needs, including a variety of initiatives developed in response to the Flint Water crisis. We also are also continuosly presented with new opportunities for our social enterprises, including sewing air filters for GM plants made from recycled water bottles!