Our Mission & Vision

Providing Christ-centered help to at-risk youth and adults who are homeless or addicted.

We seek to develop positive learning outcomes for youth and transform former addicts into productive members of society.

The City Outreach Foundation Team

What We Aim to Solve

Education
We take the education of our youth very seriously. Many inner-city children and teenagers do not receive a quality education because of neighborhood poverty and crime.
Addiction Recovery

There’s an opioid crisis in America, including in Indiana. Opioid overdose deaths have increased by 500% since the year 1999 in Indiana. The economic impact of this crisis on our state is devastating. Opioid misuse in our state resulted in $4.3 billion in economic damage in 2017 and $43.4 billion in economic damage since 2003. Additionally, statewide, more than 11,000 people die each year from tobacco and more than 1,800 people died in 2017 due to drug poisoning.

Homelessness
Hammond, Indiana and the surrounding areas have many homeless citizens who need a safe, warm place, where they can have food.

Meals Served in 2016

Men Housed in 2016

Consecutive Generations Educated

Meet the City Outreach Foundation Team!

Pastor (Dr.) John Wilkerson

Pastor (Dr.) John Wilkerson

President, City Outreach Foundation Board

Dr. John Wilkerson spent much of his childhood in Tennessee and was saved as an elementary school-age child. He has experience teaching, a school administrator and began pastoring for 13 years in Long Beach, CA. In February 2013, Dr. Wilkerson and his family moved to Indiana, where he currently serves as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond and chancellor of Hyles-Anderson College. Dr. Wilkerson and his wife, Linda, have been married for 28 years, and they have nine children. He enjoys reading, making new friends and watching his kids play school sports.

Jennifer-Ruth Green

Jennifer-Ruth Green

Community Liason

Jennifer-Ruth hails from California and trusted Christ in 1991 at a Christian camp. She earned her pilot license in 2005, and after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy she served as an Air Force officer. She is an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, where she served as a mission commander in Baghdad, Iraq as a counterintelligence agent. She serves as a Major in the Indiana Air National Guard, loves flying and desires to aid and serve missionaries and aviators. She is an avid traveler and has visited all seven continents.

Rachel Updyke

Rachel Updyke

Assistant to the Community Liason

Rachel grew up in the ministries of the First Baptist Church of Hammond and was saved at a school camp at the age of 16. She graduated as the valedictorian from Hammond Baptist High School and earned her pilot license at 19 years old. She is studying secondary education at Hyles-Anderson College and works as a part-time reading tutor at Hammond Baptist Schools. Rachel flies regularly with the goal of becoming an FAA Certified Flight Instructor.

John Francis

John Francis

Administrator, City Baptist Schools

John Francis was saved as a young man in Massachusetts and graduated from Hyles-Anderson college in 1989. Upon graduation, he began serving as the Assistant to the Bus Director for First Baptist Hammond. In 2002, he became the Bus Director. He is an assistant pastor at First Baptist Church Hammond, teaches at Hyles-Anderson college and oversees HomeTown Thrift, the FBC Hammond thrift store. He is married and has 3 married children.

Matt Turner

Matt Turner

Director, BRRM Men's Home/Hammond City Rescue Mission/Hometown Thrift

Matt’s journey began when he arrived at the Better Roads Recovery Ministry in 2009 as a resident. He graduated the program, and stayed while enrolled in Hyles-Anderson College. In 3 years he overcome addiction, met his wife, began to acquire a counseling degree, and felt the Lord’s hand leading him to help others in the same struggles. He enjoys construction and he and his wife Amber have three children.

David Talbott

David Talbott

Assistant Director, BRRM Men’s Home

During Dave’s teenage years he started on a path to destruction. At 28 years old he acknowledged he had an addiction and needed help. After four years of rehabilitation programs he came to the BRRM home where he completed the program in 2008. He graduated from Hyles-Anderson College and then worked at a boarding school for teenage boys. In 2017 he returned to the BRRM as the assistant director. In Dave’s down time he enjoys watching baseball and football.

P.J. Pallini

P.J. Pallini

Executive Administrative Assistant, BRRM