Community Development Corporation
The Eternal Light Community Development Corporation was founded in 2005 by Reverend Terry L. Richardson and the congregation of the First Baptist Church of South Orange. Eternal Light is a nonprofit 501(C)3 corporation organized to provide services that impact the families and communities in South Orange and the greater surrounding area. Building on the 114 year heritage of its founding members, which has serviced the South Orange/Maplewood and the immediate and surrounding communities of Newark, Irvington, East Orange and Orange.
Eternal Light Community Development Corporation is proud to be founded as a faith based community development organization.
Eternal Light CDC is dedicated to restoring family wholeness and equipping individuals to participate more fully in the family unit, and thus impacting, positively the greater community.
The following fall under FBCSO Eternal Light Community Development Program:
SHARE Self-Help And Resource Exchange (Food Program)
Share is a program where people get a break on their grocery bills by exchanging volunteer time for the opportunity to buy affordable food. For each package of food purchased, participants pledge 2 hours of volunteer service with us or other organizations in our community.
Food packages distributed for $20(worth up to $45) offer meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and grocery items. SHARE purchases the food from growers, brokers and packaging plants. SHARE Food is never donated, government surplus, or salvage.
Through a collaborative of volunteers, Eternal Light actively sponsors a Share distribution site in its headquarters in South Orange NJ.
Monthly, Eternal Light provides grocery packages to residents in South Orange, East Orange, West Orange, Irvington, and Newark. In the 2014, over 300 boxes of food were distributed during the holidays.
SHARE is for everyone; “If you eat, you qualify.” Everyone in the community can participate. Because it is for everyone, it can help break down barriers that divide people – barriers like race, religion, social and economic classes, gender and age. When we break down barriers, we can begin to see each other as real people, and begin to build community and neighborhoods.
SHARE Youth Programs
Rites of Passage Program services young boys ages 9 to 15. Young Lions seeks to address the mind set of each boy, teaching them the value of self-respect, self-discipline, commitment, non-violent problem solving, and focus. A central goal for the rites of passage is to prepare students for adulthood by developing their world view. Young Lions promotes appreciation for all cultures, the program centers around four key areas to help young boys develop.
The four areas are:
The Young Lions Rites of Passage Program provides a structured mentoring program utilizing a Rites of Passage Curriculum.
Activities take place pursuant to the curriculum, which focuses on the 4 core values.
Youth are provided concrete exercises that enable concepts to be taught as well as explored by the youth. Sessions include training in the areas of purpose, goal setting, economic and political literacy, conflict resolution, character education and career exploration to name a few. In addition, the youth collectively decide on a community service project. Youth devote time to their community service project during their sessions, while also participating in various educational, cultural and recreational trips.