Taking Action: Our Critical Pathways

W242 embraces the idea that every community has a unique calling:

Who are we?
Where are we?
How can we love our neighbors well and, as learners, how is the city transforming us?

After a season of listening within and beyond the walls, three focused pathways that are a blend of local & global engagement in the life of Warehouse 242 have crystalized.

Caring for Resilient Children

Jesus remembers the children saying, “The Kingdom belongs to such as these.”

Now is the time to surround youth with a village. From local foster care and adoption, to holistic community development in the Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe, partnering with Ashley Park PreK-8, and the promotion of high-quality art education, W242 is committed to affirming the gifts, talents, and potential of resilient children and youth as leaders in this generation and the next.

Learn more by checking out Warehouse Talks on Resilient Children

Ashley Park PreK-8
Reading Mentors: Contact Marc Dickmann
Raven’s Uganda

Lorien Academy of the Arts
Dominican Republic Medical & ELS Teams
Congregations for Kids (foster care & adoption)
Hope for Kids Zimbabwe

Welcoming Families Affected by Incarceration

Jesus knows the pain of incarceration saying, “You visited me in prison.” 

Now is the time to welcome local parents and youth into a restorative community. From furnishing apartments, to letter writing, providing transportation and support groups led by practitioners, to the annual Advent banquet with families whose loved ones are incarcerated, W242 is committed to dignified friendships where those unlike each other grow into an understanding that all of us are affected by incarceration. When one part of the body suffers, we all suffer. Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.”

Learn more by checking out Warehouse Talks on Rethinking Mass Incarceration.

Changed Choices
Families Doing Time

Waging Peace Builders in a World of Trauma

Jesus promotes non-violence saying, 
“Put down your swords” and “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Now is the time to practice peace, re-neighboring, and the strength of non-violence in a polarizing society. From West Charlotte to the South Side, across the city, and around the world, W242 is committed to building peace through listening, solidarity, and mutuality with those between worlds, across the lines, loving our enemies, healing racism, creating equitable environments, and waging peace For the Queen City.

Be the Bridge Resources
Peacemaking Resources:
Living Gently in a Violent World” by Stanley Hauerwas & Jean Vanier