Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries (CALM) is a partnership among the residents of the Prospect Avenue neighborhood (including Greenstone on 5th Apartments, Prospect & Orangedale Avenues, Bailey Road, and 7 1/2 Street) and volunteers from local churches and area nonprofits. The partnership began in 1995 when members from Trinity Presbyterian Church and community residents started praying together for change. Together, we desire to address spiritual, educational, and economic needs by offering Christ-centered programs and by sharing our lives together.
CALM believes in whole-family, holistic ministry, with incentive-based programming. Parents of children enrolled in tutoring, for example, complete two hours of volunteer service. Children learn about the predictable consequences of their behavior by earning “blue bucks” which are redeemed at our monthly “store” and for special field trips.
- Our programming spans grades 1 through 12; our desire is to develop long-term, lasting friendships with parents and children in order to share the love of Christ and encourage the positive development of our community.
- Prayer undergirds our activities and we teach Biblical principles in many of our adult and youth programs. It is our aim to depend upon God, to seek to glorify Him in all we do, and to live out the Gospel in our actions as well as our words so that more people will be drawn to Christ.
Five goals guide our program development:
- Home-grown Leadership Development
- Parental Involvement
- A Community of Faith
- Adult & Family Economic Development
- Ministry Sustainability