Ice Cream On A Mission: Help our underserved teens & community

By The Father's Heart Ministries

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JOIN OUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION TO
CHANGE A LIVE ONE SCOOP AT A TIME!

In 2002, The Father’s Heart Ministries launched Alphabet Scoop, a neighborhood-run ice cream shop in Alphabet City with a social mission. The vision was to use this for-profit store to hire and mentor underserved teens who live in the nearby public housing projects that have low graduation rates. Providing these teens with a job and life skills, in turn, gives them an opportunity to reclaim their future, one scoop at a time.

HOW IT WORKS

Alphabet Scoop is a job and life skills program for youth. The program is designed to prepare them with the skills needed to advance in their school and work endeavors.

We recruit and screen mentors to work with the trainees, offering friendship, guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. We belong to the Mentoring Partnership of New York. Every time you buy our ice cream, you are helping a youth remain in a teaching and nurturing environment and off the streets.

BUT WE HAVE A PROBLEM

Alphabet Scoop has yet to be profitable and has relied on the financial support of The Father's Heart Ministries to keep the lights on.

The mission is incredible but there are three main problems:

  1. The business is undercapitalized and the store has not been properly maintained or renovated in over a decade.
  2. An undifferentiated brand limits awareness and the ability to reach a wider audience.
  3. The lack of systems has led to operational inefficiencies.

It's possible to do good and be profitable, but Alphabet Scoop needs a kickstart to reposition the business for success.

HERE'S WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT

A group of professional volunteers from various fields who are passionate about the mission has donated their time and expertise to provide a comprehensive solution to reinvigorate and re-position Alphabet Scoop for success.

The team is made up of designers, an architect, a contractor, a financial analyst, a lawyer, and project managers who are working collaboratively to implement a holistic solution.

JOIN THE MISSION!

We need $70,000 to make our solution a reality. Over the next 6 months, we will be executing our solution for the April 2018 Alphabet Scoop relaunch party.

BUT WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

Here's what it will take to set up Alphabet Scoop for long-term success.

Please donate and share NOW to help this come to life!

* Terms and Conditions: All donations over $2 are tax deductible and receipts will be issued to you via email.

Perks are non-transferable and you must show email proof of your donation. All perks are valid in-store only and only once, unless otherwise indicated. All perks are valid up to 1-year from donation. Free ice cream for 1 month and 1 year only valid for double scoops once a day. "All the swag" indicates 1 hat, 1 shirt, and 1 tote. Creating your own flavor requires discussion and with staff and approval to ensure quality and safety.

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Team Members

Stephanie Park

Colleen Castle

Esther Mun

James Sutherland

Johnathan Agrelius

Rob Bundy

Taena Kim

Tina Gaudin

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