Our History and Our Hope
Back in 2005, a neighborhood church started hosting a weekly kids' Bible study at the park in west Fondren. With every passing year more children came, and the church began hosting Bible clubs in the summers as well. Relationships deepened and hearts started to soften. By the end of the 2011-2012 school year, the adult volunteers realized that through one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, students would experience the love of Jesus Christ in a more life-changing way than had been possible before. The Fall of 2012 marked the official launch of Red Door Tutoring and the partnership between Red Door and Fondren Church. This change breathed new life into everyone involved. Over the summer of 2015, Red Door Tutoring became Red Door Jackson - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Each year more students and tutors join this team as word spreads throughout the neighborhood of all that God is doing. We will continue to say "yes" to whatever He has in store!
The Red Door
In the early days, students and volunteers often gathered at two leaders' house in our neighborhood that had a red door. The house with the red door saw beautiful things happen as students and volunteers came together to play, to tell stories, to make art, to laugh, and to talk about life and Jesus. Often safe houses on the Underground Railroad had red doors to show they were a haven, and many churches paint their doors red to show that the space beyond them is a refuge and a sanctuary. At Red Door Jackson, we long to be a safe place, a refuge, and a sanctuary for students, their families, and their tutors. We believe that true community cannot happen without mutual need. We believe that each student, family, and tutor has gifts to share with our community. Relationships are at the core of who we are, and through those Relationships we strive to Empower students through education and Disciple them in the way of Jesus Christ.