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Our Mission

To provide positive guidance and access to HIV/AIDS interventions, literacy, counseling, temporary shelter or housing, substance abuse awareness and prevention, at-risk youth programs, elderly care and job training or placement programs.

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Who We Are

Nehemiah Educational and Economic Development, Inc. is a non-profit organization and was initiated to coordinate outreach programs for high-risk individuals, education, and economic development. The community’s need outgrew the church’s budget and Reverend Barnes created a separate organization to provide assistance to underserved residents in Central Florida.

N.E.E.D. seeks partners in the community to work with us in meeting our goals of helping youth and their families be successful and enjoy healthy relationships.

What Inspired Us

In 1990, Erline Moore-Cobb, a nurse and member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, became infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from a needle stick. Willie C. Barnes, pastor of Macedonia, was moved by Mrs. Moore-Cobb’s experience to help those infected and affected by HIV and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Reverend Barnes implemented a ministry called Just Like Me which provided outreach, food and support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS. The services were funded by the church for 10 years and on average, provided care for 45 people each year.

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