Like every other nonprofit organization, 2020 was a challenging year for Empower 225. But seeing what can be accomplished with clients like Joshua Fieldings showed them it was worth it.
Fieldings, 22 and homeless for almost three years, now lives in an apartment with the organization’s help and plans to soon attend welding classes.
It’s a success story and a continuation of the work begun a decade ago by the ministry, which started as an outreach of Healing Place Church and took on the Empower 225 name in 2019.
The program got its start focusing on youths and young adults in Baton Rouge’s 70805 ZIP code area, which has become synonymous with poverty, crime and dysfunction. It combats those issues with an array of services: after-school programs for students in grades six to 12, high school diploma equivalency training, a homeless outreach, job training and transitional housing, and life skills training for youths who age out of foster care…