Serving Our Community through AmeriCorps

Peacemakers thrives on helping, loving, and serving the people of our community. It is the vision of the church and the heart of our service to help people reach their fullest potential. To attain that vision, we partner with many organizations and non-profits to help facilitate life transformation. Here’s an update on what the staff of Peacemakers Family Center (PFC) has been up to in the past week. Trinity Church has partnered with Volunteer Florida for 10 years, as a grantee organization, to serve the Miami-Dade County community. When Trinity first began its commitment to serve our community through AmeriCorps,...Read More

Spring into Love & Hope

We are so excited about what God is doing at Peacemakers! In the first three months of this year, we’ve taken time to reflect on how lives are changing in our community, and we are amazed at the differences we see! Thanks to your support, volunteers and staff at Peacemakers are able to fight against poverty and hopelessness every day. We do this by bringing Jesus’ Love and Hope to individuals and families in practical and meaningful ways. Your support helps us: Provide Food to hungry children and families through the Peacemakers Food Pantry. What a joy to see the...Read More

Inspiring Dads with KidPower2015

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ~ Albert Schweitzer Ten years ago, when I sat around a table with Shellie Solomon, Yvonne Sawyer, and Kate Witte brainstorming about how we could help children who had an incarcerated parent, we had no idea how our concept would become Children of Inmates, Inc. (COI). COI has served more than 2,500 children in the State of Florida, since our first strategy meeting. Every quarter, COI takes children and their caregivers to visit their incarcerated parents. The COI Bonding Trip is COI’s...Read More

Inspiring Moms with KidPower2015

Something very special happened on our Children of Inmates, Inc. (COI) Bonding Trip at Lowell Correctional Institution. In our group of seventy (70) children, caregivers, staff and volunteers were three children who hadn’t seen their mother in seven months. They had traveled down from Jacksonville, Florida with their grandmother who had been acting as their guardian. The baby had been born in prison and had been quickly removed to live with his grandmother. This was the first time he had ever met his mother. This was the first time his mother had ever met him. The bicycle generator project opened...Read More

KidPower2015’s Kinetic Energy

“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” ~ Daniel Goleman While on our fifth and final day of Children of Inmates, Inc. (COI) Spring Bonding Visits at Everglades Correctional Institution, I realized that our KidPower2015 Earth Day Project had truly released kinetic energy. According to Live Science’s website: “Kinetic energy is the energy of mass in motion. The kinetic energy of an object is the energy it has because of its motion.” The kinetic energy we set in motion as we brought this project to life was the kinetic energy of:...Read More

The Death of Death

The Death and Resurrection of Jesus is essential to the core of Christian theology. In fact, it’s what sets us apart from all other religions. Something that amazes me about Jesus is that the movement of Christianity actually grew exponentially larger after His death. Consider many political and religious leaders who had a great impact during their lifetime, and you may see that their teachings and followers dwindle in the years after they have passed. Their life is what sparked the interest of others, and they were able to gain momentum during their time on earth. Jesus, however, started a...Read More

From King to Criminal

I’ll never forget one of the most glorifying moments of my life. It was my senior year in high school and I had spent every day committed to my competitive cheerleading squad. Now, just so you know, we weren’t your typical cheer squad. We did encourage our teams by yelling chants but we would also have two a day workouts that involved conditioning outside in the hot Florida summers until we nearly passed out. Then we would throw our bodies into unnatural forms that we call toe-touches, run at full speed to perform gymnastic passes by throwing ourselves in the...Read More

Energy is Life!

Linda Freeman It’s been a busy week! On Saturday, two of our KidPower2015 Earth Day Ambassadors, Annabelle and Destiny, took one of our new bikes out for a spin. This is one of the bikes that we will be using to construct the bicycle generators for the KidPower2015 Earth Day Project. This particular bike will travel across the State of Florida as a renewable energy learning activity on Children of Inmates (COI) Spring Bonding Visits at Florida Department of Corrections facilities. Annabelle and Destiny will be two of our spokespeople for the project and will lead our Skype conversation with...Read More

Embrace the Unexpected

Only a year ago, I was visiting New York City with Taylor over Valentine’s weekend. Walking through the snow and freezing weather of NYC, I fell in love with the beautiful city, although I was perfectly happy to escape the cold and fly back home to Florida. I’m a very calculated person. I like to have a plan and I like to follow it. Living in the northeast has never been a part of the plan. Yet, here I am, sitting in a coffee shop in Harlem, NYC in the dead of winter. We married on October 9, 2014 in...Read More

Hope Jam 2015

3rd ANNUAL HOPE JAM FAMILIES RECEIVE FREE FOOD, MEDICAL AND DENTAL CARE, AND HOPE! Over 5,000 attended Hope Jam in 2014, even MORE expected in 2015! This year’s event will be a time of fun for the entire family! All who attend will receive free food, free groceries—including fresh produce, free medical and dental exams, haircuts, games, and a grocery give-away! Adults and children alike will enjoy the live entertainment, arts and crafts activities, bounce houses, and games. Hope Jam is a large-scale community outreach event presented by Trinity Church Peacemakers Family Center in partnership with Hand of Hope, a...Read More