The Banyan Community is rooted in the Phillips neighborhood to transform lives by developing youth, strengthening families, and creating community.
Started in 1990 by Tim and Joani Essenburg, the Banyan Community has grown from seven families and 25 kids to 75 families and 120 kids today. St. Edward’s parish members, Nancy and Rich Peacha, have been involved with the Banyan Community for the past five years and Rich currently serves on the board of directors. St. Edward’s provides financial as well as volunteer support for the Banyon Community’s mission.
Banyan is a Christian community development organization in which youth, family and community must be synchronized to achieve the greatest impact:
• YOUTH attend programs to succeed in school, build life skills, develop assets, and cultivate healthy relationships.
Tyler and Abby, celebrating their high school graduation with Banyan’s help
• FAMILY is strengthened with Banyan staff by bringing parents and children together. Parents learn how to advocate for their children.
• COMMUNITY is strongest when neighbors know each other and begin to care for each other. Banyan uses the Lighthouse Network of block clubs to build community.
“Since moving into the Phillips Neighborhood as a young child, Banyan has been my rock.” – a current college student
For information about the Banyan Community and how you can get involved in supporting this organization, contact Rich Peacha.