Mrs. Jennifer Kaufmann

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Mrs. Jennifer Kaufmann
Church Info
Home Church Address
St Clement's Church
810 N Campbell
El Paso, TX 79902
United States
Church Website URL
Organization Name
Ciudad Nueva
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Program Coordinator
Organization Address
810 N Campbell
El Paso, TX 79902
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Community Development
Youth Development/At-risk Youth
Organization Email
Description of Organization
Ciudad Nueva seeks to embody the gospel of Jesus Christ by advancing the renewal and development of inner city El Paso through the transformation and empowerment of its residents. In 2004, we started walking alongside just 10 third graders in the Rio Grande Historic District. Ten years later, Ciudad Nueva is building long term relationships with hundreds of kids and their families through after school programming, mentoring, summer camps, soccer teams, financial literacy porgrams and community dinners. We are empowering youth, supporting families, equipping leaders and building community. Over the past ten years, Ciudad Nueva students have excelled in school and earned academic scholarships to college, youth have grown deep in their faith and now disciple students younger than themselves, parents work hard to learn English and acquire relevant work skills, residents come together to advocate for improvements in the neighborhood, and a mosaic of downtown church denominations work alongside each other with a profound care for the well-being of their church neighbors.
Organization Years In Operation
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, high school internship(s).
Yes, college internship(s).
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
Building relationships with kids and families Programs for kids 3-12th grade Launch Pad after school for 3rd-5th graders Kids Create - after school program for 6th-8th graders Young Life - club and bible study for high school students Catalyst - job training program for high school students Working with other organizations in neighborhood Fellows Programs for College Graduates Summer Camp opportunities Aware of resources for families Many staff and volunteers live in the neighborhood
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Part Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
I have no formal training. Most of my training has come from learning on the mission field. I have been on several mission trips before working full time for 3 years in Juarez, Mexico. I began working for Ciudad Nueva in 2012. Since I have been working at Ciudad Nueva I have attended various conferences through the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). I also participated in our oraganization's Border Fellows class.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Balancing time with my family and giving my ministry the time it needs and learning how to have them intersect. Also learning to do some parts of the job on my own and not among a team.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Seeing kids happy to be at my program, learning new things, seeing our kids feeling cared for by their mentors. I enjoy helping our kids think ahead with goals and dreams for the future. Watching kids blossom through the program; sometimes there is a big transformation from when they enter in 3rd grade and move to the next program after 5th grade. I also love to take kids to summer camp.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
prayer, talking to other people about issues, stories and ideas (community)
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
When Helping Hurts, Bridges out of Poverty,
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
It takes a long time. Change does not happen overnight and comes for ling term relationships.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I starting coming to Juarez, Mexico on mission trips in college (2001). This began my journey towards missions and working on the border.