Cross of Christ Church Receives $5,000 Grant
Cross of Christ Church, 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. in Anthem has received a $5,000 Lutheran Community Economic Outreach Bridge Grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. Funding was awarded to Cross of Christ based on its effectiveness in addressing basic needs of the local community such as food, clothing or shelter.
“Difficult economic conditions and high unemployment rates have caused many Americans to seek support for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter from local non-profits,” said Kathy Larson, grants program manager for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. “This grant program is designed to help effective organizations maintain their financial stability in the face of increased demand on their resources.”
Cross of Christ hosts the monthly youth event, Amped Up, for students in six through eighth grades. Once a month, students enjoy dodge ball, concessions, dancing, loud music and a great atmosphere to hang with friends. Admission is $5.00/person. School dress code is enforced and all bags are checked at the door. For the last seven years, Amped Up has provided youth with a safe and fun place for socializing and having fun.
Funding from Amped Up has also provided funds for local outreach efforts through various foundations such as Foothills Food Bank, We Care, St. Vincent de Paul, Habitat for Humanity and many more. This year, the church is also participating in a matching grant program that will make those dollars go farther.