The goal of the Perkins Center is to transform lives for Jesus Christ in the crime ridden area of West Jackson, Mississippi. Each life that is transformed can witness to others. We have learned from over 56 years in evangelical ministry that passionate, active involvement in the lives of Children and families helps to significantly shape and influence communities of need. We believe that creating a village to surround and uphold families, especially single mothers, provides a more stable environment where children are raised to know they are loved and protected.
By providing volunteers, facilities, and staff support, The Perkins Center is in essence a village family that is able to reach into the at risk community of West Jackson and make positive changes in the lies of our neighbors in the following ways:
- Bringing children to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ;
- Youth Discipleship through High School and College years;
- Motivating parents to achieve Higher education;
- Providing better housing & a cleaner neighborhood;
- Reducing the achievement gap between lower and upper income aged students;
- Increasing the high school graduation rates for at-risk students, and reducing the dropout rate;
- Reducing teenage pregnancy through education, moral, and spiritual development; and
- Reducing neighborhood crime rates by giving children and teens a place to be and helping them discover that they do not have to fit into the mold that society dictates; helping them to discover their Life Vision (their God given passion and direction)
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The John and Vera Mae Perkins philosophy is a community development concept. It wasn’t developed in a classroom, nor formulated by those foreign to the poor community. Our Biblical principles are practical and evolved from years of living and working amongst families living in our target area. In rural Mississippi, John Perkins first developed this philosophy. He, his wife, Dr. Vera Mae Perkins, and their children have lived out this philosophy for more than 56 years.