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.

What’s Happening?


Summer Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am-7:30pm during the months of July and August; Monday and Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm; Saturdays 9:00am-3:00pm
GED Classes: 11am-3pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Bible Study: 11:00am-12:00pm
Positive Parenting Program: Thursdays – Call for Schedule
Job Skills Class:  4th Tuesday of the Month
Volunteer Project Day: Fridays – Call for Schedule
AA Meetings: Mondays at 7pm and Fridays at 6:45p

Stock the Classroom/Uniform Drive (through August 21st)

Check the Calendar of Events page for a list of items in need.

Wired for Success After School (registration begins August 1st)

2017 Wired for Success Afterschool Application available. Go to  our Services tab to download.


November 3 at Kirkwood Adams Community Center – 5:30 – 6:30 Social & Silent Auction – 6:30 Dinner and Speaker presentation featuring Susan Pennock (see biography below)

 – Advanced ticket reservations available now! – $35 each / Table of 8 – $240

Presented by our Harvest Sponsor DDandMoreLOGO

Sower Sponsor: BB&T of Roanoke  Rapids 

Seed Sponsors: ACE Hardware of Lake Gaston and Hilton Garden Inn of Roanoke Rapids

Susan Pennock

Susan Pennock, Consultant on Rural Reconciliation and Understanding Poverty

Susan Pennock has been engaged in community development for over twenty years. The focus of her work has been focused on solutions and support for children and families impacted by poverty, primarily engaged in developing collaborative community of faith and school partnerships. Susan has a heart for rural communities and believes relational collaboration is key to providing relevant support and creating change at the state, regional, and local level. Susan is a facilitator, trainer, program developer, and mentor/coach at the local, state, and national level. She is currently an independent consultant, primarily engaged in work with the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church and LeaderComm. Additionally, she provides training to schools, churches, communities, nonprofits, and agencies. Susan and her husband live in Aiken, South Carolina and have four children.









We hope to see you soon!! Thank you for your support!





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