Since its founding a decade ago, the mission of 614 Restoration has been to bring the gospel-centered message of restoration to the youth of our city. Over the years, 614 Restoration has encountered many other organizations in our city with a similar heart and mission. One such organization is L.I.T. City whose stated mission is “to be light in the trenches of the Triad’s youth culture–from the classroom, to the corner, to the concert.”
In recent months, the leaders of both 614 Restoration and L.I.T. City have come to believe that the most effective way to faithfully live out our common calling is to join together as one entity. This merger will officially take effect October 1, 2015. The combined entity will keep the L.I.T. City name and will be led by L.I.T. City’s current Director, Terrance Hawkins. Jason Clubb, current Director of 614 Restoration, will serve on the Board of the combined entity and be available as a resource to Terrance and the other leaders as they manage day-to-day activities.
Another key change as a result of this merger involves 614 Restoration’s largest initiative–a citywide youth basketball league called Hoops4Him that reaches over 600 students. This program will now be led by Jamie Jessup who currently heads up sports and middle school outreach initiatives for L.I.T. City. Jamie is a life-long resident of Winston-Salem. He has worked as a school teacher and sports coach in public middle and high schools, has been an associate pastor, and has also served as an outreach director in our city for years. For the past two years, Jamie has led an amazing basketball camp thru L.I.T. City called Camp Clutch that has deeply impacted many students in our city. We believe Jamie is uniquely gifted and called to lead Hoops4Him into the future and reach more students than ever.
Finally, for those who have helped provide financial support for 614 Restoration or L.I.T. City in the past, please note that the combined entity will continue to be recognized as and operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity which means all financial contributions to the work of L.I.T. City are tax-deductible. As we embark on our mission to be light in the trenches with an even greater sense of calling and purpose, your support is going to be needed more than ever. We will have online giving opportunities available soon as we build out the www.litcity.org website. In the meantime, if you would like to make a financial contribution, you can write a check made payable to L.I.T. City and send to P.O. Box 20458, Winston-Salem, NC, 27120-0458. L.I.T. City will have a physical presence through a 24/7 co-working innovation space called Flywheel in the 525@Vine building in the heart of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. We welcome the opportunity to sit down and chat with anyone about the work we are doing.
Please direct any questions about the newly combined entity to Terrance Hawkins at email@example.com or to Jason Clubb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions about Hoops4Him should be directed to Jamie Jessup at email@example.com.