A CHURCH BIRTHED THROUGH VISION
Nabhi Christian Ministries (NCM) Church, founded by the Rev. Jacque Fielder was birthed in the midst of extreme gang violence and economic neglect in the poorest community of Allegheny County in year 1996 and incorporated in 1998. In order to feed the flock of God, It was imperative for NCM to respond to the community's condition at hand with wisdom and a unique organizational structure that would demonstrate God's love to the church inside the walls as well as the church outside the walls. Strategies were put in place to enhance the community by reducing havoc and mentoring, training and developing quality citizens of all ages that would benefit the community-at-large. NCM heavily focused on grassroots community outreach and engagement as a tool to inspire mobilization that would unite people who wouldn't otherwise attend a regular church service, but would help promote peace, reduce violence, mediate and resolve conflict in their midst. NCM has consistently been the recipient of many awards, proclamations and recognition for its efforts since its inception.
NCM implemented a successful conflict resolution youth outreach during increasing community violence and when many innocent and fearful youth were being forced with impossible decisions including, initiate into a gang and wear gang colors or DIE! NCM was effective at winning trust from youth and helping them escape a cycle of violence to save their lives and the lives of others. NCM was invited by Dr. David G. Hall of East Liberty Family Health Care Center (ELFHCC) to run a conflict-resolution program for at risk youth from the Health Center located in Lincoln Lemington. As the group outgrew the space, ELFHCC provided larger spaces for NCM in East Liberty on Broad Street and Penn Ave., before Nabhi settled in its own building at 6260 Broad Street in East Liberty in year 2004. In year 2007, NCM church location would be sold to Target Department Store. Due to a lack of development in the Larimer community, NCM was forced to temporarily relocate back with ELFHCC on Lincoln Avenue just to keep it services accessible to the Larimer/Lincoln-Lemington/Belmar Gardens communities. NCM outgrew the space at ELFHCC. In 2007, NCM developed wonderful partnerships, including one with Faith Lutheran Church located at 7060 Lemington Avenue in Pittsburgh. Faith Lutheran Church gave NCM a home that provides NCM with a large sanctuary with balcony, spacious offices, classrooms, huge social hall with a stage, a full state-of-the-art kitchen and a parking lot in the rear to continue its outreach services to the community.
NCM has grown to become one of the most well-respected 501©3 grassroots community outreach & engagement organizations in the Lincoln/Lemington/Belmar Gardens area, providing meeting and training space, mediating and resolving conflict and providing social services, special events and life skills recreation for low-income children, families and individuals.
NCM expanded its services beyond Lincoln/Lemington/Belmar Gardens in 2004 with the addition of a case-managed conflict resolution programs that substitute negative risk factors with positive support systems and a combination of mentoring and therapeutic services. Since then, NCM extended its reach into Homewood, East Hills, East Liberty, Garfield and the Hill District in 2006; Wilkinsburg and Penn Hills in 2008 and the Southside of Pittsburgh in 2012 and most recently to the needy in Monroeville, PA in 2015.
We currently provide meeting space, administer life skills and conflict resolution programs that lead to relationship building, family strengthening and self sufficiency as well as Hardship Programs that include providing utility assistance grants to limited-income households. The demand for assistance for our Hardship program has grown significantly due to increased costs of everyday living expenses and severe weather conditions. To meet the need, we partner with Dollar Energy Fund to handle application intake for the fund while also connecting those in need with other forms of assistance.