When Laynie was a student at Stanford University, she became a Christian while studying abroad. She had gotten involved in homeless ministry there and sought local opportunities in the Bay Area where she could continue the work. A friend referred her to the School of Ministry, and she started the program three months after being saved. After witnessing a little girl being trafficked in an SRO, God grew her heart for the women and children of the Tenderloin through the SOM program and called her to stay. Laynie is now on staff as the principal of our K-8 School.
After a weeklong mission trip experience at City Impact, Caitlin decided to return for a 9 month School of Ministry term. Caitlin felt the call to slow down and learn what it means to live out her identity in Christ. While Caitlin left a career in the entertainment industry, she found a life of following Jesus. She is now being empowered and sent to Ireland to serve as missionary with youth and families.
Before City Impact, Garrett was praying for a place to grow spiritually and to be challenged in his faith. “[At City Impact} I learned of things I didn’t know I needed,” explains Carr, “things like true accountability, godly friendship.” What he describes as a “giant answer to prayer,” the community that Garrett experienced during his first year was new and very impactful to him. Garrett returned for a third year at City Impact College in partnership with Northwest University to pursue his degree. He has served and led in worship ministry and has been released to serve the local church in the Pacific Northwest.
After obtaining her master's degree, Nicole had career aspirations to gain vital experience early on. Nicole was called to the inner city of San Francisco to serve in ministry and thought her creative development career was coming to an end. Once she began working with City Impact, avenues opened for Nicole to further her creative development abilities through the Social Enterprise program. Nicole’s work at City Impact changed her outlook on ministry and shifted her focus from growing her own career path to leveraging her life and skills to help others. She now serves and lives in the Tenderloin community.