First Baptist Church-West has a distinguished history of working with children. During the 1960s and 1970s, church members tutored children at Oaklawn Elementary across the street. The church also provided a summer reading program for a number of years.
In 2003, we put it all together with the formation of a separate, nonprofit organization to provide community services. We began providing summer and afterschool services a year later. We started with 50 summer students and 30 afterschool students and now serve nearly 200 students a year. More recently, we added the SMART Tutoring Program for students below grade level in reading and the Grab & Go Hot Lunch Program for seniors 60 and older.