The Problem

There are over 2,000 non-profits in Greene County, and each of them is aiming at relief. What Springfield needs is deeper than relief—it needs restoration. We know because we were there.

We thought we were doing good, and we felt good because of it, but we realized the charity we were giving was toxic. There weren't a lot of other people we could share this experience with here in Springfield, and that's why we've created SGF Urban.

The Plan

We're here to push the conversation away from relief and towards restoration. We want Springfield to create, iterate and own the solutions to her problems. We aren't here to offer solutions—that's your job. We're here to facilitate conversations and meeting spaces for those solutions to rise up from within, and to give a platform to those who are already working on this.

Who should join?

While some may be taking their first steps, others have been doing this for years—maybe even unknowingly. This is a call to those who are doing the work of mending and building in Springfield's urban landscape:

  • the grandmothers who watch over the kids in the neighborhood
  • the bankers who make capital available in under resourced areas
  • the neighborhood gardener
  • the artist who paints poles
  • the pastor who mentors a teenager
  • the kid selling cookies on the sidewalk
  • the shop owner who keeps a day job open to give someone a chance
  • the marketing genius who embraces graffiti
  • the school teacher who keeps a stash of coats for cold days
  • You
With all people, we can make this happen.

Jason Leininger

Executive Pastor at Schweitzer UMC
Jason is an encourager of entrepreneurs, and curator of dreams and communities.

Krista Rosenbaum

Associate Pastor at Schweitzer UMC
Krista is passionate about people experiencing life change.

The Problem

There are over 2,000 non-profits in Greene County, and each of them is aiming at relief. What Springfield needs is deeper than relief—it needs restoration. We know because we were there.

We thought we were doing good, and we felt good because of it, but we realized the charity we were giving was toxic. There weren't a lot of other people we could share this experience with here in Springfield, and that's why we've created SGF Urban.

The Plan

We're here to push the conversation away from relief and towards restoration. We want Springfield to create, iterate and own the solutions to her problems. We aren't here to offer solutions—that's your job. We're here to facilitate conversations and meeting spaces for those solutions to rise up from within, and to give a platform to those who are already working on this.

Who should join?

While some may be taking their first steps, others have been doing this for years—maybe even unknowingly. This is a call to those who are doing the work of mending and building in Springfield's urban landscape:

  • the grandmothers who watch over the kids in the neighborhood
  • the bankers who make capital available in under resourced areas
  • the neighborhood gardener
  • the artist who paints poles
  • the pastor who mentors a teenager
  • the kid selling cookies on the sidewalk
  • the shop owner who keeps a day job open to give someone a chance
  • the marketing genius who embraces graffiti
  • he school teacher who keeps a stash of coats for cold days
  • You
With all people, we can make this happen.

Jason Leininger

Executive Pastor at Schweitzer UMC
Jason is an encourager of entrepreneurs, and curator of dreams and communities.

Krista Rosenbaum

Associate Pastor at Schweitzer UMC
Krista is passionate about people experiencing life change.