Message from the Executive Director
I am honored and elated to assume the role as the 3rd Executive Director for the Berean Community Center. 2019 was a transitional year for the Berean Community Center. Special thanks and recognition to Mrs. Kathleen High who served as the Executive Director for the first half of the year. In March, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our normal operations. Like so many other organizations our services were halted as stay at home orders mandated by the Governor was instituted to slow the spread of the virus. We took this as an opportunity to reevaluate how to best serve our community in this new environment and to meet the growing needs exasperated by the pandemic.
A leadership survey was created and conducted to assess our strengths and opportunities for the future. This was the foundation for the development of a 3-year strategic plan. Working with the Board of Directors, a funds development committee was established to draft a plan to increase revenue that would support our signature programs through grant opportunities. The Berean Community Center’s website was updated to reflect current events and initiatives. In June we were able to restart programming in a new way offering a virtual summer Math & Science Camp in partnership with The Center for Technology and Leadership Development. The Center was able to provide safe ways for our volunteers to participate in the summer food distribution in an effort to compact childhood hunger and assist students and families with meals during the summer months.
This report is just a glimpse of the impact we have been able to have in 2019 through dedicated leadership, volunteers and donors. It is our hope that in 2020 we will be able to have a greater impact on our community.
Christine Montague-Hicks M.ED, NCC, LCMHC
Berean Community Center received $27,064.36 in revenue for the fiscal year. 74% of the revenue came from general donations. Expenses for the fiscal year was $21,630.21. Payroll and operating costs made up 60% of the expenses.
2019 Board of Directors
Rev., Dr. Arlee Griffin, Jr.
Berean Baptist Church of Brooklyn, NY and Raleigh, NC,
Dr. Yolanda S. W. Moore
Optometrist, My Eye Doctor
Ms. Nia Mariso
Program Associate, NC Area Health Education Center
Mrs. Jacqueline Wynn, MPH
Associate Director, NC Area Health Education Center
Board Vice President
Mr. J’Sham High
Educator, Wake County Public School System
Mr. Dwight Thompson, Esq.
Attorney, SAS Institute
Mrs. Kathleen High
Executive Ministry Director, Berean Baptist Church of Raleigh, NC