“We must become less so we can be filled with something greater” says Connie Harmotto, referencing John 3:30. Connie is thinking of her experience as a mentor with Aliquippa Impact. She began school-based mentoring in 2012 and then transitioned to one-on-one mentoring in 2013.
Connie spends time with her mentee once a week. She says, “[My husband and I] have an opportunity to be friends with her. My husband looks forward to her visits and they shoot basketball in the driveway while I am finishing dinner. We do simple things together – making dinner, taking the dog for a walk. Read more
“I think the value lies in that Christ is exalted most. The community of the team I work with comes with the same set of values, so the thoughts, teamwork,and goals all are seamless because Aliquippa Impact is rooted in who Christ is, and what we want to accomplish. I love the fact that I can learn, grow, toil, and make a difference on a team.” These are the words of Asset Coordinator, Danny Murphy, as he shares what he values most working with Aliquippa Impact.
Danny first heard about Aliquippa Impact through his wife, Erin, who worked at the summer day camp program in 2006 and 2007. Since then Danny and Erin have served at a Christian international boarding school in South Korea as dorm parents, soccer coach, and school/dorm nursing. They moved back to this area in 2013 and have become reconnected to the community.
In his role of Asset Coordinator, Danny oversees the school-based mentoring program at Aliquippa Elementary School where he encourages and develops the mentor/mentee relationships and builds relationships in the school. He also has a cohort group of about eight youth that he leads, along with his wife Erin, during the afterschool program. In addition, he is in charge of the Summer Day Camp program, which includes recruiting, training, and developing the summer interns and the program to the children as a whole.Read more
Aliquippa Impact is not the only youth organization on Franklin Avenue. Deliverance Temple, which has existed approximately 35 years, reaches out to at-risk youth through their ministry, Roots Christian Academy.
Roots Christian Academy is an alternative school for children around the age of 12 to early adulthood. The academy seeks to plant seeds in the lives of kids and enable them to mature into productive citizens.
The partnership between Aliquippa Impact and Roots Academy began nearly 8 years ago when Pastor Paul Dordal, the senior pastor of Crestmont Alliance Church at the time, introduced Pastor Marvin Moreland of Deliverance Temple to Joel Repic and Aliquippa Impact’s ministry.Read more
Our community as a whole has a unique story that is worth telling. Also, the individuals that
make up or community have unique and interesting stories of their own.