A second site was established in 2001 when Sheri was introduced to Royce Hathcock of Neighbor 2 Neighbor Ministries. N2N had been in search of arts programming and CITC was in search of a site to serve teens. The two shared a strong foundation in the Christian Community Development model (CCDA). They saw a God thing happening and a partnership was formed. Together they conducted a pilot program and the effectiveness of program strategies in the lives of teens was readily visible. CITC incorporated in 2001 and received 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2002.
CITC has served an average of 55 youth and engaged up to 60 volunteers annually. Currently the ministry is positioning for phase 2 in rallying resources to hire a staff team and fully establish a central ministry site based on this fruitful model. The site will serve as a model that can be replicated and as a training base.
In 1999, the Lord gave a powerful revelation of His heart for youth at-risk to founder Sheri Bedsole. In days following, He unfolded a plan for a unique model of strategic preventive programs formed around skill and talent development and discipleship. Sheri submitted the vision to the elders of her church, who took the matter to prayer and gave their blessing. Having been associated with Building Together Ministries for many years, Sheri worked with Afterschool Director Linda Riggins to set up a pilot project in the Building Together Afterschool Academy. Specialized electives were provided in drama, dance and music to children K-5. The program quickly evidenced positive impact on lives. Prayer partners were recruited and a board of directors was formed.