Nehemiah Programs

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Our Vision

We engage the greater Madison area to empower African American individuals, families and communities to bring about hope, transformation and justice.

Our Values

We are committed to:
Connecting with people through meaningful relationships
Rebuilding the cultural and spiritual identity of those we serve
Respecting the inherent worth and value of each person
Serving with cultural awareness and competency and
Honoring the wisdom and leadership within the community.

Our Distinctives

We are an organization:

  • That is faith-based- recognizing the inherent God-given worth and talent in each person
  • That develops leaders- seeing and shaping the potential in those not often seen as leaders
  • With a unique staff and approach to community development – using the expertise of culturally competent staff who have walked in the shoes of those we serve
  • That serves all people but focuses on strengthening the black man and family – empowering them to become those who contribute to the health and betterment of our community
  • That listens to and learns from the community – who has invited our presence and programs

Our Work

We work to interrupt the school to prison pipeline and the cycle of poverty, racism and discrimination that many families face by concentrating our efforts on prevention, early intervention, education, restoration and community and economic development.

Youth Empowerment & Leadership Development

ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) develops the academic talents, leadership skills and character of elementary age children.

MID (My IDentity) is our program to develop leadership skills in middle school students. Many of these participants serve as “Junior Coaches” in the summer ACE program.

BROTHER (Building Real Opportunities That Help Everyone Rise) is Nehemiah’s strategic program reaching African American middle school boys, guiding them to a productive, healthy manhood.

LIGHT (Learning is Our Greatest Hope for Tomorrow) reaches out to high school students to support them as they pursue graduating from high school and going on to family supporting jobs or college.

Madison Inspirational Youth Choir is a youth gospel choir that works to spread the message of “hope, strength and the power to overcome.” Participants develop discipline, skills and teamwork as they work via the arts.

Community Chaplain

Our Chaplain collaborates with churches and nonprofits serving the at-risk, under-resourced Allied neighborhood. The Chaplain provides advocacy for residents, serves as an intermediary with a wide range of social service providers, offers direct assistance with basic needs and offers spiritual care.

Community & Economic Development

Our Community & Economic Development focus seeks to create healthy, equitable communities for all. We will work with mission-driven organizations to create opportunity for economic growth for individuals and the African American community as a whole.

Urban Impact

Urban Impact is a new initiative that will offer culturally competent, relevant training in urban community development and social justice issues. We will serve local and national pastors, community members, service providers and civic leaders.

South Madison Field of Dreams

Plans are drawn up and fundraising is taking place to build an athletic complex at the intersection of Park Street and Badger Road that will offer youth an opportunity to develop confidence, teamwork and leadership skills. This will be a place where future leaders can bridge our city’s racial divide.

Our 2015 Impact

  • We changed hundreds of lives!
  • We housed 160 ex-offenders, preventing them from becoming homeless.
  • We mentored and coached 200 ex-offenders through our Man Up program
  • We assisted 85 ex-offenders in finding employment
  • We built trust with 45 middle school boys – offering them a positive same race role model
  • We helped 50 elementary children be more successful in school and life

Nehemiah’s Executive Leadership

Rev. Dr. Alexander Gee, Jr. is the founder and CEO of Nehemiah. Dr. Gee provides strategic visioning for Nehemiah. Dr. Gee is Senior Pastor at Fountain of Life Covenant Church on Madison’s south side. Dr. Gee’s graduate work centered on understanding the impact of fatherlessness on the African American community.

Rich Henderson is the Executive Manager of Nehemiah. Rich provides operational and executive leadership to multiple Nehemiah programs.  Rich has more than 20 years of leadership experience with non-profits where he facilitated strategic planning, built high functioning teams and developed new leaders.

Reentry Services

We provide a wide array of culturally competent and relevant services to meet the needs of men who are leaving jail or prison. We offer emergency and transitional housing along with reentry and recovery coaching to help ex-offenders successfully transition back into our community.

Community Chaplain

Our Chaplain collaborates with churches and nonprofits serving the at-risk, under-resourced Allied neighborhood. The Chaplain provides advocacy for residents, serves as an intermediary with a wide range of social service providers, offers direct assistance with basic needs and offers spiritual care.

Community & Economic Development

Our Community & Economic Development focus seeks to create healthy, equitable communities for all. We will work with mission-driven organizations to create opportunity for economic growth for individuals and the African American community as a whole.

Urban Impact

Urban Impact is a new initiative that will offer culturally competent, relevant training in urban community development and social justice issues. We will serve local and national pastors, community members, service providers and civic leaders.

South Madison Field of Dreams

Plans are drawn up and fundraising is taking place to build an athletic complex at the intersection of Park Street and Badger Road that will offer youth an opportunity to develop confidence, teamwork and leadership skills. This will be a place where future leaders can bridge our city’s racial divide.