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

The John 3:16 Center Yard Sale (October 22)

The John 3:16 Center’s Fall Yard Sale was rained out at this year’s Lake Gaston Festival. Not to worry, we have rescheduled the yard sale for October 22. The sale will be held at The John 3:16 Center from 8:00am to 1:00pm. As our storage is full we are asking any donations you wish to make be dropped off Friday, October 21 from 3:00-5:00pm. 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

Open House (November 3)

The John 3:16 Center would not exist without the support of community members and donors like you. Join us on November 3  from 6:30-8:00pm. Enjoy light refreshments and take a tour of the center as you learn about the programs and volunteers making an impact in our community.

Christmas Toy Drive (November 1 – December 9)

We believe every child should experience the joy of Christmas through receiving a special gift. Join us in collecting new toys and gifts for children ages newborn to 17. Is your church or organization interested in being a Santa Drop Stop? Contact mchambers@john316center.org to find out more information. All donations should be delivered or scheduled for pick up prior to December 9.

Interested in sponsoring a family? Sign you church, family or organization up by contacting bsinka@john316center.org before December 2. Each sponsor will receive the first names, ages, clothing sizes and needs of the family.

Veteran’s Day – Center Closed (November 11)

The center will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Thanksgiving Holiday – Center Closed (November 23-26)

The center will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Giving Tuesday (November 29)

After you have had your fill of turkey and indulged in some Black Friday shopping, join us for our first virtual event. We will kick off at 12am on November 29 as we aim to raise $3,160.00 to fund new and existing programs at the center. Whether you can give $3.16, $31.60 or $316.00 know that your funds will help bring hope the lives of children throughout our community. Join us on social media using #GivingTuesday316.

Winter Coat Drive (November 14 – December 16)

We are collecting slightly used and new Winter Coats for families and children in need. Coats are needed in all sizes. We will also be collecting new hats, scarves, and gloves. All items donated should be in good repair with no missing zippers or buttons.

Center Closed (December 2)

The center will be closed as we prepare for the Holiday Banquet.

Holiday Banquet: The Gift of Giving (December 2)

Join us for our annual Holiday Banquet on Friday, December 2 at Mystique in Roanoke Rapids.  This year’s Holiday Banquet will feature a silent auction, music and dinner. Hear presentations from our Executive Director and Board President as they share our impacts from 2016 and our vision for 2017. Table sponsorship opportunities are available now, contact Megan at mchambers@john316center.org for more information.

Christmas Wrap Up (December 12-16)

Are you a master of tape dispensing? Do you get unprecedented joy from covering boxes with paper? We need your help! We will be wrapping gifts for the Christmas Outreach Party from 10:00-6:00pm until all gifts are wrapped. Refreshments and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Please contact Brittany at bsinka@john316center.org to volunteer.

Christmas Holiday- Closed (December 22- January 1)

The center will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.






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