What is Metanoia?

Metanoia began in 2002 as the SC Cooperative Baptist Fellowship decided to engage in an effort to combat metanoiachild poverty in the state. After finding that the southern half of North Charleston had the highest concentration of child poverty in SC, they hired a married couple, Rev. Evelyn Oliveira and Rev. Bill Stanfield, to begin work in this area that would alleviate child poverty. Oliveira and Stanfield were ordained ministers who were also trained in some of the newer approaches to community development and organizing. After spending a year assessing the community and building local support, the couple began Metanoia with a board comprised of a majority of community residents. An initial focus was placed on the Chicora Cherokee community because there were significant issues and local leadership was receptive. Metanoia began by offering after school programming to a fairly small group of children, but has since gotten involved in housing and economic development as well. They now offer year round youth leadership development programming for students in the community. Metanoia is built off the research of John McKnight and Jodi Kretzman of Northwestern University who discovered that needs based community development efforts often do more to entrench dependence and perpetuate problems than build capacity in individuals to bring change. At Metanoia they seek to identify neighborhood assets (whether individuals, physical, or otherwise) and lure investment to those assets to help strengthen the neighborhood’s ability to improve itself. They believe that neighborhood residents are the true experts on their own problems. When their feedback is paired with researched best practices and sound back office management, they can create a powerful force for community transformation. A majority of Metanoia’s board members are local community residents and many of Metanoia’s staff live in the communities they serve (including founders Oliveira and Stanfield).

Metanoia’s Mission Statement reads: Metanoia is a movement of people rooted in faith. We invest in neighborhood assets to build leaders, establish quality housing and generate economic development. We are pushing forward into new relationships with God and one another to create strong communities.

How to get more info on this topic?
Mailing address:
2005 Reynolds Ave.
N. Charleston, SC 29405
Fax: (843) 529-3639
Phone: (843)529-3014
Youth Leadership Director – AJ Davis ext.405
CEO – Rev. Bill Stanfield – ext. 403 *
Director of Housing Development: Anthony Joyner ext. 404

Bill Stanfield:
Charmaine Townsend:
Anthony Joyner:

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