Community Life Concepts (CLC) has a history of founding programs that fill in gaps in services. These have included low cost food programs for families, coordinating emergency relief efforts for natural disasters, youth leadership training programs, volunteer mobilization, and organizing scholarships for low income children to attend private schools, to name a few. Additionally, CLC has provided infrastructural support to branches, such as Community Kids and Transfiguring Adoption, including office and meeting space in a state of the art facility, book keeping, office equipment and supplies, and a proven ability to market new programs effectively.
CLC works with partners to address practical community needs.
- Coordinating with churches, government and local agencies for disaster relief
- Organizing mission groups to go to under resourced countries to provide gifts, food and training
- Writing grants for state and local groups
- Managing grants
- Developing programs to provide emergency money to families in crisis
- Assisting groups with strategic planning and program marketing
- Offering a food program that provides quality food to families at reduced prices
- Working with educators to provide scholarships to low income families and to develop a leadership training institute.
Branches and Programs of Community Life Concepts
Transfiguring Adoption creates media and resources that nurture growth in foster and adoptive families. The program recognizes that most new foster/adoptive parents are not prepared to handle behaviors caused by trauma such as PTSD, sexualized behaviors, malnutrition and more. Their online resources and projects empower parents to help children heal and keep parents from moving children to a new home. www.transfiguringadoption.com
The Compassion Closet’s mission is to show the love of Christ by providing quality clothing and tangible items to foster children and their families. We also desire to serve birth families, aging out youth, kinship placements, and domestic/international adoptive families as God allows and needs arise. The Compassion Closet is located in Knoxville, TN, and serves the greater Knoxville area.
Portraits of Eternity
Portraits of Eternity will be an educational website conceived around Eternity. The site will feature the life and work of ten pairs of writers or artists from different eras in order to show how Eternity entered actively into their lives in order to make what Moses calls in Psalm 90 “the work of their hands” perennial, that is, enduring in human significance either intermittently or across great reaches of time. Specific examples are the life and art of Vincent van Gogh and the American singer and performer, Don McLean; the Brontê sisters and the Brontê legend in modern secular biographical scholarship; Don Quixote (Spanish Catholic) and Sam Wassermann (New York ethnic Jew) and the Impossible Dream; Jane Austen in movie theaters, television series, comic books, and other contemporary media.
When finished, the website will consist of about ten portrait galleries. Each gallery and the site as a whole will be made up of oral narration, music, podcasts, visuals of paintings, sculpture, movie trailers, and photographs, e-book collections, and journals or blogs, either oral or in text.
Community Kids (CK) is a support network for foster, kinship, and adoptive families that was conceptualized in the fall of 2009 and began programming in the spring of 2010. The purpose of CK is to provide foster and adoptive families supportive services that are not currently available through the state or other non profits. The first step was to initiate a monthly support group. Free child care from approved care givers is offered during the meetings. In the past, the group offered a free store to aid families in equipping new placements and also offered a summer camp for foster and adoptive children with the aid of a respite grant from AdoptUSKids. While its cofounders, Darren and Margaret Fink, currently reside in Tennessee and no longer provide programming, a support group continues to operate on a monthly basis in Southern Illinois from the group they began.