In 2008, Marsha Jones was the Outreach and Music Director at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. She saw daily the struggles of the residents of Harrisburg. She was joined by Gloria Norwood. Gloria was drawn to the cause of turning this once thriving neighborhood around. They both recognized that the residents were battling the effects of poverty and needed intervention. Gloria was able to use funds from her late husband, Charlie Norwood, who was a U.S. Representative to begin their mission to help this community become a ???
To reach children, youth and adults living in poverty and to restore the foundation of a safe and caring community
for the residents while assisting with housing, transportation and promote education and literacy.
GNM recognizes that many of the young men in the community are at risk of not graduating from high school and potentially ending up in jail. They create another program that strives to help the at-risk teens break the cycle of poverty and succeed in life.
Boys With A Future mentoring program was started in September 2018 by three Christian men actively involved in the worship and outreach programs of St. Luke or Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Churches. Boys more so than girls from fatherless homes in low income neighborhoods are at very high risk for school failure, school exclusion, low educational attainment, gang involvement, substance abuse, and criminal justice involvement. The youth most at risk are those growing up in settings where there is limited access to positive adult male role models and the stresses of poverty and exposure to violence. One challenge for these youth is that their future appears to be one in which they are more likely to go to prison than they are to go to college, where they are more likely to support themselves and their families with criminal activities than with employment, and where they are more likely to die from violence than they are to live past their 21st birthday.