Success Stories

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Mary Linda

 
 

I first met John at Cityteam in Chester when I became unemployed in my 50s. I was attending their food service program weekly to get groceries for my family, and after becoming a regular for about six months he encouraged me to volunteer with the team to serve the community. That’s something that John always does: he encourages you to take action — even if you are in the queue line.

Serving when I was in a tight spot helped me not only connect with others but to feel valued. I could both receive and give back at the same time. Because he believed in me, I ended up becoming the fresh produce coordinator as a full-time volunteer, working five days a week, and raising up another 15 plus volunteers.

John is a natural leader. He leads by example, so that you begin to prioritize people and work extra hard to ensure everyone’s needs are also met. When you serve, it blesses you more than you can imagine. It truly becomes addictive.

Because of this non-profit in Chester, I was able to successfully retire, and I now spend my time volunteering with Greenhouse Project, coming to house events weekly and pouring my soul into everything we do there.

It doesn’t matter what age you are. If you’re young and ready to make a difference or if you get laid off at 50 and don’t have the resources to feed your family and show up in the queue line. You can make a difference and that’s beautiful.

“That’s something that John always does: he encourages you to take action — even if you are in the queue line.”

— Mary Linda, Chester Volunteer

 
 

Chris Forrest

 
 

One of the best things about John is that he’s able to meet people where they are, wherever that might be. He treats everyone with the same level of compassion and respect, whether they are the CEO of a huge company or someone on the street.

I know this because I was enrolled in CityTeam’s recovery program three times. When someone has failed to get their life on track after three strikes usually it’s lights out for them. But with John, he never gives up on you. Instead he chooses to continually walk you through difficult situations rather than tell you “I told you so”. When my six-year-old daughter passed and I was separated from my wife, he took me through AA and gave me the courage to join the team as a volunteer cook.

Because John believed in me, I was able to be promoted to Manager, overseeing three teams at Hope Cafe in Chester. I completed the final recovery program and moved into a house with some men that I met through the program.

I now have my own construction company and am part of Project RENOVATE.

I’m excited to give back and be a great example and mentor because of the path I had to walk down. John has shown me that it’s okay to be kind to others and that it’s not a sign of weakness. He’s been a great mentor to me because he’s not afraid to call me out on stuff when I need it, but he does it out of a place of total love. It’s never harsh or judgmental.

I hope I can do the same or more as a thank you to him for changing my life.

“One of the best things about John is that he’s able to meet people where they are, wherever that might be.”

— Chris Forrest, Chester Volunteer

 
 

Cajua Robinson

 
 

I first met John when I was attending Widner University. I decided to volunteer in Chester and chop vegetables for the Hope Cafe kitchen team, and we immediately hit it off.

One of the best things about my experience there was meeting John. He immediately took me aside, seeing my potential, and taught me how to lead. He mentored me in the art of public speaking, which I now do for a living weekly along with full-time work as a personal trainer.

We began meeting weekly so that I could hone the craft of my own public speaking style, create disciplines around studying the Bible, and curate messages.

John gave me the opportunity, as a young scholar and teacher, to practice and hone my skills in public platforms. He always encouraged me in my calling and provided critical feedback in a loving way.

Because of him, I now lead Hope Cafe’s church as their pastor and spiritual advisor. I’m excited to team up with him for Project MENTOR and any other future Greenhouse Project endeavors!

 

“John gave me the opportunity, as a young scholar and teacher, to practice and hone my skills in public platforms.”

— Cajua Robinson, Chester Volunteer

Ryan Vance

 
 

I was raised in Delaware County by my mother who was a single parent after my dad left years ago. Coming from a broken family, my life was full of abuse, addiction, and chaos. I would even smoke dope with my own mother.

I was at the lowest point in my life when I came to Cityteam at 19 years of age from prison. That’s where I met John. He told me at that time that I had a calling to be a pastor. I thought he was crazy.

Never being told who I was or what purpose I had though, I actually started to think about it. A family from ccdelco began to spiritually mentor me, and I was even given the opportunity to go to Bible college. It seemed that I was finally on a successful path. Until I relapsed again.

I lost everything. My fiancé. My college career. My life. That’s what addiction does. You don’t realize it at the time, but it slowly steals everything from you.

Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to go to another year-long program in Maine. It was there that I became truly free.

It was also at this time that I felt called to Africa. I took a huge leap of faith and moved to Uganda. Not being the best student growing up, I couldn’t even tell you where it fell on a map or what other countries surrounded it or what languages were spoken. It is truly amazing that I am now a Pastor in the School of Ministry for Calvary Chapel Uganda, that I have been serving there for close to 9 months, and that John and Emily support me as a missionary.

I’m now 25 years old and am grateful to say that I’m engaged to be married to a woman in Uganda, one of the most beautiful people I know, who has similar dreams and visions for Africa’s renewal. We’d love to see Greenhouse Project and our ministry team up to do exchanges. I’m excited for what the future holds and know all things are possible.

“I’m now 25 years old and am grateful to say that I’m engaged to be married to a woman in Uganda, one of the most beautiful people I know, who has similar dreams and visions for Africa’s renewal.”

— Ryan Vance, Chester Volunteer