WHY LOVE THY NEIGHBORHOOD IS GOOD FOR YOUR CHILD








Below are some benefits of your child joining Love Thy Neighborhood.


  • Leadership Development – After serving with LTN, your child will have life experiences that will develop their leadership skills. Make no mistake: Like most growth in life, this growth will likely come through trial and perseverance. (The most important things in life are usually the hardest) But your child will have a gracious and helpful community surrounding them to help this growth take place.

  • Greater Self-Awareness – As an LTN Team Member, your child will participate in the Enneagram test and go through the Storyline curriculum – two tools used to help you grow in self-understanding, self-development and God’s vision for their life.

  • Diverse Knowledge & Training – Your child will grow in their breadth of knowledge on a variety of topics. Guest speakers and the LTN curriculum are very diverse and cover a variety of topics from poverty, addiction, reconciliation, the Gospel, church involvement, race and more.

  • Writing Skills – During their time with LTN they will be writing a monthly newsletter, bi-weekly blogs, weekly reflections and probably tons of journal entries. We also provide them with some helpful writing training and they will be editing many newsletters from their teammates. All this to say: their writing skills will significantly improve through their service with LTN.

  • Scholarships – Educational institutions and foundations look very favorably on volunteerism of this caliber and it can often lead to financial help to pay for ongoing education.

  • Resumé – All the time and energy your child puts in during LTN looks great on a resumé. The skills your child learns during their time with LTN translate well to any job you will have in the future. It is a proven fact that those that volunteer are 27% more likely to be hired for employment over those that do not volunteer.

  • Community Involvement – Your child is more likely to give back to their community in the future, more likely to be a better neighbor, more likely to become a member of a local church and serve.

  • Preparation for Marriage – Living together in intentional Christian community with others for an extended period of time is great preparation for marriage. Your child will learn a lot about themselves as well as the people they are living with. As they hold each other accountable, share meals, budgets, vehicles and service they will learn a lot about themselves as well as the people they are living with and we think that this prepares them for marriage.

PARENT FAQ


We’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions, but if you don’t see yours here, please contact us.

All applicants have the opportunity to share their top 3 service site preferences during the admissions process. Our staff then places Team Members based on their preferences, skill assessments, needs of our Service Site Partners, team formation and dynamics. Lots of prayer goes into this decision.

To see a list of our current service sites, click here.

Love Thy Neighborhood goes into communities where we have been invited. This strategy means that we have church and service site partners who have welcomed us into their neighborhood and the work already happening there. We find that joining with our service site partners also means that our Team Members enter neighborhoods already connected to good things going on there, which contributes to their relationships and safety. Knowing neighbors is one of the most powerful ways to be safe in any place, and our Team Members spend a great deal of intentional time forming friendships with those living around them. Love Thy Neighborhood takes Team Member safety very seriously, and we include training on this topic in our week of orientation upon arrival and continue to check in and maintain structures that keep everyone’s well-being as a priority.

Yes! We host a “Come and See” weekend at various times through out the year. We encourage you to come and see what the Love Thy Neighborhood experience looks like, meet Team Members currently involved in the program, tour some nonprofits we work with and enjoy a time with the Executive Director.

If those times don’t work for you to visit please contact us and we can set-up an alternative time for you to visit. You can contact our Operations Administrator, Kiana Brown.

LTN Team Members are provided with a significant amount of time away and flexibility. Here’s how our time off breaks down: Summer Team Members are provided with 3 floating days off that they may use as desired. Full Year Team Members are provided with 7 floating days off that they may use as desired as well as 12 days away around Christmas. (In addition, Team Members take part in various retreats away from the city.)

In each household lives a Team Captain, who will be there to answer any questions and encourage the team. Teams meet together daily for devotions and enjoy “family nights” once a month. Team Members live with 3-5 other Team Members of the same gender.

The Love Thy Neighborhood staff make themselves available for any needs that arise that cannot be handled by other Team Members or the Team Captain. We also have local churches that have free counseling services available to our Team Members, if needed.

Each year we have many Team Members who step out of school for the year to get a hands on experience serving the urban poor. Many return to school right after Love Thy Neighborhood. We do work with them to provide time for applications or necessary interviews so that they can be prepared to return to school.

Also, higher education is typically very expensive. We often find that when students take a year off to serve with us, they return to school with more focus and clarity which creates a better “return on investment” for financial investment on education.

Because everyone joins Love Thy Neighborhood for different reasons, they leave and continue on different paths. However, there are some patterns. Since many Team Members come right after college, they may pursue graduate school. High school graduate Team Members or those that took a year off often return to school as well.

Many Team Members pursue traditional employment after the program ends. Many obtain jobs in their field of choice, but their outlook and engagement with the poor is radically changed by their experience. We also have a career counselor we work with that can meet with your child. Love Thy Neighborhood has alumni in fields like education, medicine, social work, ministry, business, and many others.

In addition – for those staying in Louisville – we encourage our LTN Alumni to consider being a part of Urban Experience – an intentional community of Christians living and working together in urban Louisville under the guidance of Sojourn Community Church pastors.

LTN is supported by a variety of evangelical churches and Christians that are committed to being fully formed by the Bible as the Word of God and fully driven by the Great Commission as their mandate. In addition, each of our Staff, Board Members, Alumni Council and Team Members are actively committed to local evangelical churches. To read our statement of faith, click here.

Team Members raise $9,900 for the year and $2,700 for the summer. Every LTN Team Member is guided step by step through the fundraising process – making raising funds achievable even for a fundraising novice. Our staff provides a fundraising guide, ideas, resources, and encouragement for this process, walking with you from start to finish. Teams work together to raise enough funds to meet all needs collectively. Team Members do not have additional financial responsibilities during the year. Donations cover housing, utilities, groceries, transportation within the city, curriculum, program expenses and a monthly stipend.

For our full year Team Members, they can either stay on your current health insurance plan or sign-up to be on Medicare health insurance. Health insurance through LTN is not available for Team Members. However, all Team Members are required to have health insurance.

“Because of Love Thy Neighborhood I recognized the broken relationship I had with my parents and the great need I had to reconcile it. LTN gave me the tools I needed to graciously ask my parents for forgiveness and restore that relationship. I will be eternally grateful for that gift.”Kiana Bullard, 10/11 Team Member

PARENT TESTIMONIES


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Karen Alberton | Parent of Team Member Lindsey Spencer

“My daughter Lindsey began her 15 months of serving with LTN the summer after she graduated from college. I could see some growth in her spiritually from being involved in Christian activities and meeting good Christian friends in college. But when she served with LTN she began to love and care about people who were hurting and broken. She stepped out of her comfort zone and reached out to a hurting world. She began to have a strong desire to serve others and show the love and mercy of Jesus to to those in need. There is no question that God had lead her there to serve him and to serve others so that he could also deepen her walk with him.”

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Barb SZABO | Parent of Team Member Rachel Szabo

In her Senior year of college, our daughter Rachel learned about the LTN program after volunteering for a day in Louisville. Upon graduating, she began the summer session and then continued on with the year long session.
After reading the website information, my husband and I were tentative at best about her decision. Rachel was raised in a middle class, home schooling family, familiar with church ministries but never involved in an inner city setting.
However, the realities of poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, broken lives and relationships opened her heart to experience the gospel displayed powerfully, seeing lives changed and also seeing individuals who spurned the gospel message.

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JACK Brooks | Parent of Team Member Alex Brooks

“It was definitely a faith-growth experience for all of us, watching our son Alex raise his own support and then work at the mission. It took faith to do both. He worked as part of a team of ministers, rather than as an individual; he learned something about a large, culturally diverse city; and he worked closely with men that he probably would not have met otherwise. I know all of it was an important, formative experience for him.”