Gateway to Heaven Christian Center

Gateway to Heaven Christian Center (GTHCCenter), INC., is committed to spreading the word of GOD, by empowering, encouraging, equipping, and educating people to live more abundantly. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, Gateway To Heaven Christian Center is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization.  The foundation of GTHCCenter ministries is “economic empowerment.” Ministries include:

  • At Risk Youth:

Serving more than 100 children in Jacksonville, Florida’s North-side, Gateway To Heaven Christian Church has set a goal to teach the gospel from Genesis to Revelations. Children will participate in fun-filled activities throughout the year, while learning Biblical morals. Gospel song and dance, visual arts and performance ministries are examples of activities youth may participate in.

  •  Work-net through Campus Crusades:

Statistics have shown that participating in meaningful employment-related activities can improve a person’s chances of finding sustainable employment. GTHCenterC is committed to empowering and encouraging people to live more abundantly, through the use of education.  GTHCCenter, in partnership with Campus Crusades (cru), is committed to helping members of the community with job training and preparation.

  •  Community Development:

GTHCCenter’s service area has an aging population, with aging housing and infrastructure needs.  One of our primary goals is to go into these neighborhoods to provide financial literacy to our Baby Boomer population, in preparation of retirement. Personal financial literacy should extend beyond the ability to write a check, and balance a check book. It should encompass long-term vision and planning skills; and the discipline to use those skills daily.  Among other things, GTHCCenter intends to help educate residents on the importance of using community banks to obtain low-interest loans; and protecting oneself against predatory lending. Low-interest loans can be used to update homes with ADA (American Disabilities Act) needs, like handicap ramps, door widening, ADA standards for kitchens and baths, elevators, etc. Updated homes provide residents with an alternative to costly nursing or senior citizens’ living facilities. In addition, we are identifying master planning opportunities within our service area to attract and provide other community development services. Plans include restoring and re-energizing our aging neighborhood infrastructure and neighborhood retail centers. Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for public participation.  We intend to empower our citizens, and other not-for-profit organizations, the City of Jacksonville’s Transportation Authority, Jacksonville’s Electric Authority, JAX Chamber, and elected officials to improve our neighborhoods so they become walkable, and accessible to public transportation. Furthermore, we intend to partner with these entities so that we might find cost-effective solutions for upgrading Jacksonville’s entire infrastructure; and where possible, encourage, that utilities be placed underground.  Moreover, GTHCCenter intends to lead efforts to help restore our public parks and public space, which includes street lighting, landscaping, trash removal and community maintenance.

  • Affordable Housing:

GTHCCenter is committed to developing at least 11 affordable housing units that may benefit citizens of the Northwest Jacksonville, Florida communities.

  • Career Transitions:

As a part of its ministry, GTHCCenter will help Gateway to Heaven Christian Church’s congregation and members of the community to navigate today’s challenging employment environment.  It will do so, by sponsoring interactive resume building workshops and career counseling. In addition, it will hold simulated interview sessions, so that participants can practice interview techniques. Biannually, GTHCCenter will partner with private and local businesses, non-governmental organizations, and local/state governments to host job fairs.

  •  Financial Wellness:

According to a 2014 survey done by PwC, the generational gap in employee financial health is growing.  PwC’s Employee Financial Wellness Survey tracks the financial and retirement wellbeing of working U.S. adults nationwide. This year it incorporated the views of over 2,100 full-time employed adults. While a 2013 survey showed that Generation X carried the heaviest financial burden, the 2014 results find that Generation X employees, along with Baby Boomers, appear to be recovering faster than Millennials (Generation Y). Employees benefitting most from the market gains are those who have savings and equity in their homes rather than those who are more reliant on their current incomes. Key findings of the PwC Survey:

  • Cash and debt: While Baby Boomers and Gen X employees have shown improvements, Gen Y employees who find it difficult to meet monthly household expenses increased to 41%. Of those Gen Y employees who carry credit card balances, 39% find it difficult to make their minimum payments.
  • Retirement: Overall retirement confidence rose to 40%. The percent of Gen Y employees who think it’s likely they’ll need to use money from their retirement plans for other expenses increased to 34%.
  • Financial stress: 24% of U.S. employees admit that personal finances have been a distraction at work. 60% of Gen Y employees report financial stress.
  • Healthcare: Healthcare costs are one of the biggest retirement concerns for 33% of U.S. employees. 59% of employees think that health insurance costs will increase as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Less than half of Baby Boomers are confident they’ll be able to cover medical expenses in retirement.

GTHCCenter’s’s goal is to empower people to make educated decisions to improve their financial wellbeing. Drawing upon the diverse skill sets and talents of Gateway to Heaven Christian Church’s Congregation, GTHCCenter will offer classes on “financial wellness.” These sessions will help to ensure that its members, and members of the community, have the wherewithal to combat financial peril. Each of the six aforementioned ministries provides outreach models for other churches and communities to duplicate and implement.