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The Life Enrichment Center is a faith-based, nonprofit organization providing life-building and life-sustaining services to the less fortunate in the Dayton and surrounding communities. We provide these services through the serving of meals, distributing groceries and offering a host of practical programs. Formed out of the Back Door grocery ministry of the Dayton Vinyard Church, the LEC became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit in 2002 and was located on Erwin Street in East Dayton. That space became too small and in 2008, after extensive renovations, the LEC opened in its current home at 425 N. Findlay Street. We are committed to serving all who enter the doors regardless of residency, race, religion, gender or life circumstance. With an eight-year database of 2,500 households, we actively serve over 350 families at any given time. On a weekly basis, this translates into 500-600 meals served (hot breakfasts three days a week and lunch on Saturdays), 150-200 bags of supplemental groceries distributed, and about 200 class sessions attended. New clients are registering every week!
The educational programs we offer aim to facilitate growth of the whole person, beginning at his/her point of need. Topics include GED and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, health and nutrition seminars and screenings, computer and job skills classes, conflict resolution, recovery groups, Bible study, craft classes, and access to a staffed fitness center. Every new client is encouraged to set an appointment with our Life Strategies team where they will identify their individual needs and set short and long term goals. We aim to help educate our clients and offer assistance so that in the end individuals and families help themselves to restore their purpose and dignity.
The LEC’s 57,000 square-foot building is also home to several local faith-based non-profit organizations including the Life Resource Centre (LRC) which provides parenting classes and support to single mothers as well an emergency baby pantry; Oasis House, ministering to women in the adult sex industry; Kingdom Connections of Greater Dayton, an organization committed to advancing God’s Kingdom through connecting the Body of Christ and others of goodwill, and resourcing leaders in support of grassroots ministries focused on community transformation; Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals afflicted with cancer by focusing on their physical and spiritual health; and Kids in New Directions (KIND program) which serves 75 school age children from East Dayton through faith-based after school and summer programming.