MISSION AND VISION
E49 stands for Ecclesiastes 4:9 “where two are better than one…and a three cord strand cannot be broken.” We exist to Unite, Develop and Mobilize civic, business, non-profit and church leaders into collaboration solutions to social issues. We do this through Unifying events, Social Innovation and Social Impact in local communities.
We dream of a day when homelessness has an answer, where there are no more kids in foster care, where sexual exploitation and broken relationships are replaced with loving, Christ-centered marriages, where poverty is a choice, where every school has a church caring for it, where racism is overwhelmed by love, where Christians are seen as the answer, not the problem and God is worshiped openly in the public again.
We started in 2009 by connecting with leaders in the region and building relationships through networks and service projects like Convoy of Hope and Luis Palau’s Season of Service. Those connections and service opportunities then provided trust and a platform to begin to dream bigger for our region. In 2012 we began working on a Faith Based Initiative with Sacramento City Unified School District and in 2013 partnered for our fist collaborative “Day of Hope” at American Legion High School and Father Keith B. Kenny Elementary School. 2013-2014 we worked with leaders from church, nonprofit, business and civic organizations to strategize on an initiatives that would provide a foundation for transformation. Suite 210 was opened in 2013 as a center for Social Innovation and Housing & Hope was launched in 2015 as a collaborative strategy focused Housing, Mentoring and Employment.
Our “Day of Hope” is a one day localized event that serves a community by providing food, groceries, haircuts, medical/dental, family portraits, live entertainment, kids carnival and more. Day’s of Hope have impacted multiple communities and continue to be a great unification event in local communities. This event model has expanded to multiple Days of Hope and to student leadership at Luther Burbank High School, School of Law and Social Justice, planning and organizing their student led Day of Hope in the community of South Sacramento.
Suite 210 Collaborative Space Opens in 2014
As a result of building relationships through networks and service, in 2013 we were able to take those relationships and go deeper through a collaborative work environment we call Suite 210. Using a business model of a shared co-working space we have been able to bring approximately organizations together in one building not just to share physical work space but to be “on mission” together through incubating, accelerating and resourcing these organizations to serve the Sacramento Region. And now, this concept is catching on in other regions as we open Suite 210 in Modesto, CA with anchor organizations focused on serving their region. And our dream is to use this same model for service in the region through“Hope Centers” on the ground in neighborhoods of need.
Finally, as a by-product of the connecting and resourcing, we have been able to gain momentum in gathering these leading believers in collaborative caused-based initiatives for our Region. In Partnership with the ACTS Group, World Relief, City Pastors Fellowship and Sacramento Prays, issues such as Immigration/Refugees, Homelessness and Sexual Exploitation are on their way to having strategic, collaborative plans for how we can all come together in unity and solve some or our region’s most difficult issues. These collaboratives are already beginning to have incredible impact in our region. As they grow and materialize our dreams of eliminating these issues gets closer to reality.