Guadalupe is the main place we are working day to day. In the other neighborhoods named, we do some coaching, training, and helping of other organizations already present in these communities. In Guadalupe, we get to roll up our sleeves and work with our very good friends.
In Guadalupe, we are developing a community from residents and neighbors who all have a heart and passion for seeing the Kingdom of God grow in Guadalupe. We use Christian Asset Based Community Development; developing relationship with people in the community, learning the hopes and dreams of the community and then working with the assets God has already given to make the change they seek to happen. As we go, we learn to walk more closely with Jesus, we learn we can with Him and we cannot without Him.
Guadalupe Arizona is a town sandwiched between Phoenix and Tempe; geographically he 0.81 miles just east of I-10 between the Baseline Road and Elliot Road exits. It is a small community of numbered at about 5500 people at the 2010 census. Traveling through Guadalupe is reminiscent of traveling through a rural Mexican town instead of a major metropolitan area. A review of the 2010 US Census data also gives a sense of the challenges faced by the community. Economic development is low; retail sales in the area are 25% the Arizona average. Per capita income is half the Arizona average and less than half of the adults have completed high school. The town and its people have amazing assets. The town settlement has existed since 1904, with many of the current families descendants of these initial settlers. Most the people are Hispanic with 51% of the population from the Pasqua Yaqui tribe (a Native Mexican tribe with settlements in Tuscon as well as Guadalupe), giving the people a cultural heritage. Family and friends are highly valued and this prompts people to want to stay with their families and friends in this location. To learn more go to our Guadalupe page.