Resolving Conflict & Improving Lives, Since 1996


HISTORY

Nabhi Christian Ministries, Inc. (NCM) is an innovative and culturally diverse church embraced by people of all ages. NCM is known for its training and opportunity to equip church leaders to care for each other and for the disadvantaged and those in poverty who struggle to overcome the challenges of everyday life and meet their basic needs.

Nabhi Christian Ministries (dba NCM of Pittsburgh), located at 7060 Lemington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 was established in 1996 and incorporated in 1998. NCM was called to respond to the needs of families impacted by gang violence that endangered families and resulted in senseless deaths in Pittsburgh’s black community. The church's vision unfolded in the mission statement: Dedicated to enhancing impoverished communities by reducing havoc and cultivating healthy environments through a provision of services that mentor, train, and develop quality citizens of all ages.

Founded by the Rev. Jacque Fielder, the church was birthed in Larimer, the poorest community in Allegheny County and primarily served the residents of Larimer, Lincoln/Lemington/Belmar Gardens neighborhoods. The church became hands of hope to a community desperately in search of solutions to gun violence. NCM became a central meeting place to help unify local leaders and formed an outreach ministry called, Concerned Citizens of Greater Pittsburgh (CCOGP).

NCM is unique to the City-the only church in its area since its inception, dedicated solely to teaching, equipping and inspiring lives by substituting negative risk factors that would predetermine failure with positive support systems that predict successful transformation.

September 2, 1996 highlights NCM's first great outreach accomplishment. With its first grant from Best Health Care, CCOGP successfully mediated Pittsburgh's first ever gang peace rally held at the Rhododendron Pavilion in Highland Park, resulting in a public peace truce and a cease-gunfire between 5-rival gangs from neighboring communities. NCM received The Allegheny County Commissioner’s and State Auditor General Proclamations for improving Pittsburgh neighborhoods and reducing gang violence.

In 2000, NCM, in partnership with Agape Christian Fellowship and the City of Pittsburgh, formed partnerships with District Courts, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Abraxas, Shuman Detention Center, Probation Officers, East-Liberty Family Health Care Center and community groups to help implement a case-managed conflict resolution program. The program was most effective at transforming behaviors and a long-term solution to academic failure in high-risk students.

In 2004, NCM, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh created the first, unique, court-ordered Life Skills Community Service (LSCS) program component of its kind in Pittsburgh, PA. LSCS strengthened lacking support systems for troubled youth that significantly decreased their vulnerability to academic failure, expulsion, dropout and violent crimes. The LSCS significantly reduced truancy and became a model program replicated by other youth-serving and volunteer organizations throughout Allegheny County. NCM received 2 City of Pittsburgh Proclamations for tireless work and effective leadership towards the goals of making Pittsburgh a more peaceful and loving place; and for all its efforts in helping so many of those in need of aid in the city.

In 2015, through the generous support of the Heinz Endowments, NCM was invited to team with 4-H Pittsburgh and the Kingsley Association to deliver an innovative, assets-based self-sufficiency youth development program that gave African-American males leadership roles in their neighborhoods of Larimer and Lincoln-Lemington. NCM received the Jefferson and Soroptimist Awards for Outstanding Public Service for establishing the first African American Male Urban 4H Program Curriculum for the City of Pittsburgh through Penn State Extension and Proclamations from Congress and the City of Pittsburgh for appreciation of dedication, enthusiasm, cooperation and tireless community work;

In 2016, NCM received a City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for honoring community leaders for their achievements, value and impact on children and families; NCM founder was the recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence Award;

IN 2018, NCM received the City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for service and civic contribution to the City of Pittsburgh;

In 2019, NCM received the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. LLZ Chapter Community Service Award for ongoing service and unwavering dedication to community outreach & engagement.

In 2019, NCM also received a grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation Small & Mighty program to expand the Hands for Hope program to service more families experiencing hardship.

NCM Hands for Hope program has evolved to offer more components to engage participants, monitor progress and provide supports for struggling families to remove focus barriers to achieve happiness, child well-being, family stability and academic success.

NCM Sunday Worship Services is at 1:00 pm, Annual Meeting is in January, Back2School Slam in August, NCM Awards in October, Kid's Coats for Warmth Christmas Reunion and Gingerbread House Contest (judged by effort and family participation only) in December.  NCM welcomes you to participate in these events and hope that you will join in the important work.

Please read our story for further understanding of our mission.

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