2017 Annual Golf Scramble

 Kick-Off Father's Day Week On The Links.  Join us on a June summer day and help fatherhood programs in the Springfield and Dayton Area.  Urban Lights Ministries invites you to out 2017 Golf Scramble at Windy Knoll Golf Course located at 500 Roscommon Drive in Springfield, Ohio on Monday June 12th 2017.  Registration starts at 11:00 am with Shot Gun promptly t 12:00 noon.  This is a four player scramble with a 2 putt maximum.  Entry fee per foursome is $500.00 which includes green fees, carts, lunch and dinner, and freebies.  Prizes include 1st place $200 & 2nd place $100, Longest Drive (Men & Women), Closest to the pin (Men & Women), Longest Putt and Shortest Drive.  Preregister your foursome today by clicking here.   Mark your calendar today and we will see you on June 12th.  For more information contact Urban Light Ministries at 937.328.0122 or email Rhonda Day.

1985 – Eli and Judy Williams moved to Springfield, Ohio. They joined a local church, and immersed themselves into community outreaches that eventually become Urban Light Ministries

·        Eli created a weekly radio show featuring Christian music. It is now Hot Gospel 20, a weekly countdown show

1986 - Eli joined the Springfield Optimist Club. He eventually became club president, Lt. Governor, Governor, and Ambassador

1988 – Eli and Judy formed Lifeline Ministries. Activities included children, jail, prison, food pantry, free meal, medical, singing and mobile DJ ministries. They have ministered to groups and one-on-one to countless    
             individuals over the years        

1992 – Eli and Kevin Moehn launched a racial reconciliation ministry. Eli later starts Christian Cross Cultural Fellowship

1993 – The Sonshine Club Saturday Morning sidewalk Sunday School started in Lincoln Park neighborhood with partners

1994 – The Sonshine Clubs after school ministry began at Lincoln School

·                                     Eli served as founding chair of The Nehemiah Foundation (first 2 years). Nehemiah supports many local ministries

1995 – Lifeline Ministries’ name was changed when it was incorporated as Urban Light Ministries, Inc

1996 – ULMI received IRS 501(c)3 designation

1997 - Urban Light Center opened on S. Yellow Springs Street, improving the neighborhood.

·                                    Judy started food pantry, free physician ministry, and free community meals. 100s were served monthly

·                                    Eli ordained for Christian Ministry by Pentecostal Assemblies of the World

·                                     Adopt-a-Block pioneered at ULM. 100s of families served weekly by volunteers. Spun-off in 2004

1998 – Eli established the SALT Club, a Christian leadership development/community service club in Hayward Middle School. 2002 – ULMI Board acquired WBLY 1600 AM. It was sold to Radio Maria in 2007

2006 - Nurturing Fathers for Life (NFL) program begun at ULM to help fathers develop skills and attitudes for male nurturance

·                                    Eli begins daily Crossing Over radio interview program on WULM and later, a weekly cable TV show

2007 - Basic Training for Men program begun with Marriage Resource Center to help men develop relationship skills

·                                   NFL fatherhood classes started in Clark County Jail. 65 fathers served that year

·                                   Eli and Judy founded Fountain of Life Christian Assembly

2008 - $224K Regional fatherhood grant awarded to Urban Light by the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood

·                                   Miami Valley Partnership for Fathers established. 300+ fathers served in 5 counties

·                                    Eli elected to the board of Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF)

2009 - Clark County Board of Commissioners vote to support the creation of the Clark County Fatherhood Commission

·                                   The Fountain merged with Christian Community Church to become Fountain of Life Christian Community

2010 – Urban Light wins $100K contract to establish Montgomery County DJFS Fatherhood Initiative. More than one hundred, fifty fathers and their children served in 9 months

·                                  Urban Light hosted the regional Advance Fatherhood Ohio! Summit in Springfield. Nearly 250 attended

·                                   Urban Light co-sponsors the Forum on African American Males with Ohio Commission of African American Males

·                                   The Sonshine Clubs expanded to Enon, Ohio and Eagle & Dove Academy, Springfield

·                                    Eli publishes the area’s first Dads Resource Guide

2011 – Eli forms committee to plan Celebrate Fatherhood Clark County to raise awareness and to increase father involvement. The campaign included My Dad ROCKS essay/poster contest & Cookout on Father’s Day    
             weekend attended nearly 350.

·                                     Eli authors the Community Fatherhood Policy which is signed by dozens of community leaders

·                                     Ohio Commission on Fatherhood funds Ohio County Fatherhood Initiative grant for community mobilization

·                                    The Sonshine Clubs expand to Hustead and New Carlisle, Ohio

·                                     Springfield/Clark County’s first POPS Club established in Lincoln Park neighborhood in Springfield. Members start a crossing guard program, mentor students, and perform other community service

·                                     Ohio Commission on Fatherhood funds ULM’s POPS Project. Darryl Grayson was appointed Program Director

·                                    HHS’ Administration for Children and Families awarded MRCMV and partners (including ULM) a $798,380 Healthy Marriage grant. Urban Light Ministries focuses on helping males develop relationship attitudes   
            and skills

·                                   Eli appointed Director of Fatherhood Clark County, the county’s official community mobilization initiative

 2012 – Eli and Darryl present ULM’s programs and Fatherhood Clark County initiatives to a Virginia delegation Second Annual Celebrate Fatherhood event is held in Snyder Park on June 16th

·                                     ULM’s Sonshine Clubs number 15 in 14 locations, serving over 800 children per week

·                                   Fatherhood Clark County’s website goes live. Promotional campaign begins with placement of six resource kiosks

2013 – Fatherhood Clark County’s Fathers Resource Center opened in Urban Light Center

·                                      ULM awarded 2013 Creative Youth Program at ML King, Jr Annual Luncheon on January 18th for The Sonshine Clubs

·                                     Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) awards ULM additional funds for a Montgomery County pilot project

·                                    Work begins on creating Fatherhood Ohio, a fundraising and granting organization to support fatherhood initiatives

2014 - Fourth annual community event, renamed FatherFest, and My Dad ROCKS held downtown on Fathers’ Day weekend

·                                   Fatherhood Clark County (FCC) is presented a Fatherhood Achievement Award by Ohio U, OCF, and OPNFF

·        FCC is recognized by OCF as a model community mobilization effort. Featured in a summit workshop and an OCF webinar

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