Felicia's Story – You Can Make an Impact

Felicia used believe she wouldn't live past her young age through a chronic history of abuse, victimization, and injustice. By a miracle she was able to get out, but with the help someone who intervened. Someone who visited her, someone who invited her in, someone who cared for her, someone who brought her home.

City Impact is an idea that one man or woman can make a difference. Through City Impact's multiple departments, a holistic approach is taken to revitalize a community and change a life.

Check out the video below and see the impact on one woman.  

City Impact Conference 2017 Recap

Thank you to everyone who gathered and supported City Impact Conference 2017! It was an incredible day to gather for worship and scatter to execute Biblical justice by serving people in the inner city of San Francisco. Over 45 outreaches were spread across the Tenderloin District where food was served, conversations opened up, feet washed, people clothed, made new and prayed for, children played and much more. 

  • 10,000 people served
  • 8,000 meals served across the Tenderloin
  • 600 sit-down meals served at the block party
  • 277 kids at the Carnival and Sports Bash
  • 260 people medically assessed
  • 200 people clothed
  • 160 people had their feet washed
  • 80 makeovers (including haircuts and nails)
  • 50 pets washed and groomed
  • Hundreds of isolated residents were visited in over 45 buildings
  • Many women lifted up through street ministry and prayer and worship spread all across the Tenderloin

Thank you to Pastor Ben Houston, Hillsong, and Matt Redman and everyone for joining the day! Check out the recap below: 

Thank you Thrivent Financial for becoming a platinum sponsor and partnering with City Impact Conference. Thank you TC Rentals for providing the street closure for the outreaches. Thank you Soldiers of the Cross for providing lunches for all the Conference attendees! Special thanks to SparcSound Productions!

Thanks to all our sponsors for intervening on behalf of the children of the Tenderloin and for empowering a child with education and mentorship! 

Learn more about sponsoring a child in the inner city of San Francisco below!

City Academy Graduation | Empower & Release to Succeed!

San Francisco City Academy ended the school year graduating the Kindergarten class and 8th grade glass of 2017! Staff, students, parents, sponsors, and volunteers all gathered together to celebrate the graduating students and classes. The Kindergarten ceremony was held on Thursday, May 25th and the 8th grade ceremony on Friday, May 26th. 

Students were each given a certificate of recognition as well as recognized for a character value they displayed throughout the year. 

Mrs. Laura Osborn, lead the ceremony for the Kindergarten class, "These students have learned to forgive and to love each other again and again. Something that's hard for us adults to do too. But I see it in them and they are ready to forgive over and over again. And many times as a teacher I would say, I'm here to teach them math, reading, writing, to play and share, to do this and to do that. But God put these 19 in my life to teach me something and to work in my heart to become a better teacher, a better person."

Ms. Nicolle Bremner shared in the 8th grade ceremony along with Ms. Pushpa Samuel, City Academy Principal. Guest Speaker, Pastor Malcolm of New Hope Gilroy made a charge to the 8th grade students, parents, and staff. Pastor Malcolm grew up in the Tenderloin and experience the hardships and stark reality of living in poverty and brokenness.

"Your past doesn't have to define your future. God is already in your future. He see's right where you are, and he knows right where you're going. If you take your teacher's advice, and you keep Jesus first, your relationships with Jesus first, He will take you places you could've never imagined. I've had the privilege to go all over the world, I've preached with missionaries in Thailand I've preached in Malaysia and the underground church in China. I've been blessed to be able to pastor a church. To be involved in my community, I serve as a police chaplain, I serve as a fire chaplain, where I can speak into the lives of police officers and victims of crimes that normally would never know. 

I'm reminded of the story of David...he was in the lineage of Jesus...as David was selected to be king he had 6 brothers. He was the youngest of all his brothers, the smallest of all his brothers, and he was selected to be the next king of Israel. After that took place he went to back to work as a shepherd in the fields. David went on to become a great champion of Israel. You have in you the by virtue of your birthright through Jesus Christ, you have in you the heart of a champion. You have in you the heart of a warrior. You have in you the privilege, the ideas, the thoughts of the mind of Christ flowing through your mind soul and spirit. Pastor Malcolm thanked everyone and recognized the work going on through San Francisco City Impact and San Francisco City Academy. 

Thank you teachers, staff, students, volunteers and parents for attending the graduation ceremonies. Special thanks to Pastor Malcolm for sharing at the 8th grade ceremony. 

The mission of San Francisco City Academy is to empower urban children and release them to excel academically, physically, spiritually and socially.

Kindergarten Graduation 2017

 

8th Grade Graduation 2017


Advanced Reading Awards

Staff, students and volunteers celebrated and recognized City Academy students who achieved high marks in reading goals this year. Awards included most books read, most words read and recognition for achievements in each class. Students who read 1,000,000 words or more received an $1,000,000 dollar bill to signify their achievement.  

The students have gone through an Accelerated Reading (AR) Program where the student picks a book at their own level and reads at their own pace. When finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz indicates the student understood what was read. AR provides feedback to both the student and teacher based on the quiz results, which the teacher uses to help the student set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Thank you to all the parents, volunteers, staff and sponsors who helped spur on and encourage their student this year! You truly have made a difference in the life of your child! We truly believe in the power of reading and developing a love for reading.

San Francisco City Academy's mission is to empower urban children and release them to excel academicallyphysicallyspiritually and socially. 

2017 School of Ministry Graduation

On Sunday, May 21st, staff, parents, and community members celebrated the School of Ministry (SOM) class of 2017. The graduation ceremony recognized the SOM class in completing the past 9 months in their time here at San Francisco City Impact. Students participate in bible and theology classes in the morning and engage in hands-on ministry in the afternoon through select City Impact ministries. Ministry worksites include: San Francisco City Academy (K-8 School), City Impact Rescue Mission, Thrift Store, Adopt a Building, Church, Missions, Volunteer Center, School of Ministry, Development, and Communications. 

Executive Director Christian Huang shared a bit of history of San Francisco's relationship with Christians. "In 1919, Bethany University, a four-year private Christian University opened up to be a training ground for an inner-city ministry in San Francisco. In 1950 it moved out of the city, and in 2011 shut down. The thought that popped up in my head was, "did God change his mind or did man divert from the original plan?." 

Christian mentioned the same year the university moved out of the city, in 1950, Jim Jones also started The People's Temple. "San Francisco has a tainted relationship with Christian's in the city." "How wonderful it is to see people restored, here in the inner city." 

SOM Director Chris Nye, and staff members, Keeley Anderson and Luke Walker had some encouraging words to say as well. "It's very tempting to think that with a program like this that your best years with Jesus are behind you now. Because you've been living in full time ministry for 9 months and my word to you is that you're best days with Jesus are ahead of you." Said Director Chris Nye. 

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)

The day was full of excitement to see the accomplishments and hear the growth of each SOM student. Students completing the 9 month school of ministry term were recognized and congratulated. Thank you to all the parents, community members, staff and supports who attended the ceremony!

Check out the video below to hear more about the City Impact School of Ministry.