NLEC – Charles W. Spratt Jr. Community Center

New Life Evangelistic Center’s new homeless shelter and community center in Venice, Illinois is also known as the Charles W. Spratt Jr. Community Center. The Charles W. Spratt Jr. Community Center is about “People helping People”. Our name sake, Charlie […]
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Coordinators of the new shelter David and Carrie Hale being interviewed by NLEC’s Charlie Hale!

New Life Evangelistic Center’s new homeless shelter and community center in Venice, Illinois is also known as the Charles W. Spratt Jr. Community Center. The Charles W. Spratt Jr. Community Center is about “People helping People”. Our name sake, Charlie Spratt, was the son of a volunteer who went down the wrong path in life. Drugs, Alcohol, a failed marriage, homeless and destitute the streets claimed Charlie’s life at a young age. If there had been programs and people there for Charlie,his death and tragic life could have turned out differently.

This is a full service homeless shelter and community center that benefits those who are homeless, and the community as a whole. This center can shelter over 80 men, women and children, veterans and families every night in separate areas. Classes will be available to help the homeless with GED completion, personal hygiene, job readiness and opportunities, money management, Roomcivic responsibilities and more. The goal is to help individuals gain employment and become a productive member of society. Counselors will work with those who need help to devise a plan and goals for each individual. Counselors and mentors will monitor and track the progress of each individual. Medical and dental evaluations and appointments will also be made. A day center will provide a place for the homeless to be off of the street and have access to a recreation room, laundry facilities, a microwave and computers. The homeless will be able to socialize and help each other with encouragement and positive motivation.

The Goat Locker, a new veterans lounge, will be a place for vets to hang out and encourage and support one another. The lounge’s design and structure is inspired by the Chief Petty Officer Mess on USN ships. Snacks, coffee, TV, couches, tables and a non-intrusive host will be available. Pastor David Hale will serve as senior ranking officer as a retired Chief Petty Officer with 24 years of service and most of the same medals and experiences as members.

BasketballCoach Marin Keys will set up and hold numerous activities for the community children and teens. These include basketball 3 on 3 tournaments, indoor volleyball, and family dodgeball tournaments. The gym will also be used for concerts, movies and parties.

Individuals of all different ages are getting involved now. If you would like to join them please call (314) 881-3218.