…Ethan is an exception to the rule. With an absentee mom…dad came to the rescue when he was around 5. He and his dad went to care for his terminally ill grandmother on the Eastside and they still live there. He’s been bullied BAD, a white kid on the Eastside with no mom, but he’s rising above it all. Ethan says Straight Street has been like a lighthouse – solid, faithful, true – a SafePlace for him for as long as he can remember. He found friends at Straight Street, just like him, who understand him and what he’s going through. As J.J. says, “Ethan is one of those kids we may see do something quite special with his life and sports”. Ethan says, “Straight Street has taught me who God says I am, and I’m working on believing it”.
Straight Street is our local mission field. It was birthed out of gang violence, and is creating change in the lives of young people in our community.
The mission and purpose of Straight Street is to provide a SAFE Christian environment where “at-risk” youth can obtain the necessary skills and training needed to mature and discover God’s divine plan for their lives.
For our purposes, an “at-risk” youth is a young person between the ages of 11 and 18 years old who is behaving in such a way that if a caring adult does not step into their life with some help, there is a high likelihood they will hurt themselves or someone else.