Welcome to the John 3:16 Center

C.A.R.E. / Child Abuse Resource and Education is an interdenominational Christian, board directed, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, founded in 1998. As the organization grew, the need for its own facility became apparent.

Through the support of many donors and volunteers, The John 3:16 Center was built in 2004 and C.A.R.E. was able to expand its program offerings. Current programs include: GED classes, Camp J316 (a free summer day camp), Parenting Classes, an Emergency Food Pantry, School Supply/Uniform Drive, Christmas Outreach, Recreational Activities, Wired for Success After-School Program, and Classes on Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect.

C.A.R.E. serves families in Halifax, Warren, and Northampton counties in North Carolina and welcomes the involvement of volunteers in its programs. All services are offered in a safe, structured, and faith-based environment. While we welcome people from all backgrounds to register and participate, we share our faith openly and include Bible-based devotions in many of our programs.

The board and staff of C.A.R.E. continue to examine and evaluate the needs of children and families within the community to ensure that the organization continues to be an effective resource for family growth and stability.

Upcoming Events


School Supply & Uniform Drive (now through August 19)

We want every child to start the new school year prepared for success. We are collecting school supplies and new or gently used school uniforms (navy or khaki bottoms and white, navy or light blue shirts). Items will be distributed by appointment beginning on August 10.

“Wired for Success” After School Registration (Begins August 1)

In addition to providing homework help, the Wired for Success After School Program offers van pick up directly from William R. Davie/Everett’s Elementary and Vaughan Elementary, enrichment and skill building activities, as well as a healthy snack and daily devotional. This program is free of costs but does require a three hour per week volunteer commitment from each participating family. Space is limited to 20 students in the first through eighth grade. This program begins on September 6.

Helping Hands Work Day (August 12)

Volunteers and center staff will work on various projects around the John 3:16 Center to get ready for fall. This includes working on the grounds, organizing the back to school room, and more. For a full list or to volunteer Click Here.

Understanding Poverty Presentation (August 20)

Speaker, Susan Pennock will present  “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” taking you into the world of generational poverty. This session is designed for educators, community & faith based leaders, agencies, non-profits and individuals working with those who live in poverty. This presentation will be held at the Littleton United Methodist Fellowship Hall.  Registration Fee: $5.00 (includes lunch). To register email: mchambers@john316center.org or call 252-586-1800.

The John 3:16 Center Yard Sale (September 3)

The John 3:16 Center is accepting donations of furniture,  appliances, electronics, tools & useful household items,  for their yard sale.  Donations may be dropped off Friday from 3 – 5:00pm  or Saturday from 10-2:00pm at the center now through  August 27.  For larger items or to schedule a different drop off time please call 252-586-1800.
Volunteers are needed to assist with pricing, sorting and hauling donations prior to the sale, as well as the day of the sale for  selling and packing up any unsold donations. If anyone is interested in helping please email bsinka@john316center.org




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