Our Mission

Promoting transformational growth through a holistic approach

Our Vision

Transformed Lives, Transformed Communities

Learn more about Executive Director, Randy Chestnut

The Life Enrichment Center is a Christian-based non-profit organization working to fight the spread of addiction, hunger, and joblessness on the East Side of Dayton. The East Side is one of the most impoverished areas of the city, but we believe it can be transformed once again into a vital, vibrant community. To do that, we’ve created a program called Pathways to Growth, which enables us to tailor a plan to address the holistic needs of each participant. So that we can offer a full range of services, we’ve created strong collaborations with key partners, many of which have offices onsite in our facility. Services are provided through a posture of Exchange Charity, which means that clients are incented to make investments in improving themselves. This concept is core to everything we do. We empower our clients to transform their own lives while also encouraging them to contribute their own unique gifts to their community, because everyone has value.

Our Core Team

RANDY CHESTNUT
RANDY CHESTNUTExecutive Director
DEB BRIGANTI
DEB BRIGANTIFinance Director
NICOLE STEVENS
NICOLE STEVENSCommunications and Administrative Director
KAREN JACKSON
KAREN JACKSONProgram and Marketing Director
SHAYNA THOMAS
SHAYNA THOMASDevelopment Director
STACY SIMPSON
STACY SIMPSONVolunteer Coordinator
JESSICA LAMBROFF
JESSICA LAMBROFF Facility Assistant
BUTCH HUNTER
BUTCH HUNTERKitchen and Facility Coordinator
ELLEN SHELLEY
ELLEN SHELLEYPathways to Growth Director
KAREN ALICE
KAREN ALICEGuest Services Director

Our Board Members

RICIA BALLAS
RICIA BALLASBoard Chair, Dayton Live
KAREN KING
KAREN KINGSecretary, Centerville-Washington History
RANDY CHESTNUT
RANDY CHESTNUTExecutive Director, Life Enrichment Center
DAN SHAFER
DAN SHAFERTreasurer, Caresource
TODD KELCHNER
TODD KELCHNERBoard Member, Headwaters Capital LTD
MARY SHANCEY
MARY SHANCEYBoard Member, Bank of America
KIM BELCASTRO
KIM BELCASTROBoard Member
TARA MCCAFFERTY
TARA MCCAFFERTYBoard Member, Sofo Solution Focused HR, LLC
KELLY GRANGER
KELLY GRANGERBoard Member

Our Young Professionals Board Members

LOUISA WOLTERMANN
LOUISA WOLTERMANNYoung Professionals Board Member, Caresource
TAYLOR JOHNSON
TAYLOR JOHNSONYoung Professionals Board Member, HAYA Healing
CALLIE HEILIGENBERG
CALLIE HEILIGENBERGYoung Professionals Board Member, Dignified Learning
TYLER RUPERT
TYLER RUPERTYoung Professionals Board Member, Altamira Technologies
DWAYNE HENDERSON
DWAYNE HENDERSONYoung Professionals Board Member, Marsh and McLennan
ADRIENNE DRAPER
ADRIENNE DRAPERYoung Professionals Board Member, Montgomery County Treasurers Office
LEONARD O'CONNOR
LEONARD O'CONNORYoung Professionals Board Member, Student
JAMES MALLORY
JAMES MALLORYYoung Professionals Board Member, Mont. County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services

Our History

The idea of the Life Enrichment Center (LEC) was brought to life by our Founder, Jeff Sorrell. Jeff had a vision “…to help people transform their lives. We don’t want to just give people food, we want to help them address their problems by becoming a partner on their journey to wholeness and purpose-filled living.” The ministry began under the umbrella of the Vineyard Church at 515 North Irwin Street in September of 2002 and became an independent nonprofit organization. Distributing groceries to individuals and families quickly expanded to serving meals and teaching Bible studies, GED classes, and English as Second Language classes. As we were outgrowing the Irwin Street location in 2006, the building at 425 N. Findlay Street became available. After two years of initial renovations, the LEC made the transition to our current location in 2008.

Programs and services continued to expand over the years to include showers, haircuts, and a clothing pantry. The fitness center became as much about social interactions and mutual support as lifting weights and cardio workouts. Between 2010 and 2015 the LEC added opportunities for other non-profit organizations to utilize shared office space, community gathering spaces, and catering services. A logo change and leaning into the phrase, “Because everyone has value,” helped to reinforce our core values, focus on personal dignity, and our holistic approach to ministry.

In 2015, the LEC began to transition some of our programs and services from a one-way charity to an exchange charity model. This enabled our neighbors to shop in the choice pantry using “points” that they earned themselves. Like many places, the LEC was shut down due to the COVID-19 virus in 2020. Despite the difficulty of finding volunteers, the kitchen continued to serve carry-out breakfasts. Programs reopened safely and slowly as 2020 turned into 2021.¬† The news that Founder and Executive Director, Jeff Sorrell had been called to a new ministry and phase of life brought another turning point for the ministry. We are so thankful for Jeff’s 19 years of dedicated leadership in starting and growing this ministry!

Trusting in God, the leadership took on a search for a new Executive Director. Change is hard, but God is faithful. In November 2021, Randy Chestnut was called to the position of Executive Director. The Life Enrichment Center staff and volunteers hope to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Dayton for years to come. We are blessed to be a blessing because everyone has value.

Picture of Jeff Sorrell

Life Enrichment Center Founder, Jeff Sorrell

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