In April 2001, the Sacramento Bee ran a front-page story revealing a staggering Census finding: a single neighborhood block located in the Gardenland/Northgate neighborhood of North Sacramento was home to 567 children. This block, full of high-density, low-income apartments, housed more people under 18 per capita than any other urbanized block in the six-county region, making it one of the highest concentrations of children living in Sacramento.
The GreenHouse was founded in response to that article. Since 2001, The GreenHouse has been intentionally located in the heart of that block, working collaboratively with parents and the community to support neighborhood youth in reaching their full potential. GreenHouse staff and volunteers work in-depth with seventy youth and their families over the course of each year through free after-school, summer, leadership development, parent engagement, and discipleship programs, and impact hundreds more through community events and activities. Our high-quality programs run year-round, on the block where kids live, for the entire duration of their growing up. As a result, we are uniquely able to develop long-term, in-depth mentoring relationships with youth, encouraging them to grow in relationship with God and develop healthy life, relational, academic, and social-emotional skills year after year.