Prayer of Good Courage:

2020 saw the inception of a new Westwood initiated Outreach ministry, initially called 'The Prayer of Good Courage Project'.  After much prayer and groundwork, a new 501 C3 non-profit called Rise Early Learning Center was incorporated with the vision of opening a 62 spot childcare with 31 of the spots designated as affordable (paying on average 50% of full price).  The center is projected to open in 2022 in a CommonBond Communities development of 100-120 units of affordable housing.

Here were the major developments in 2020:

  • Rise Early Learning Center was incorporated in May of 2020.

  • On Sept. 15th the Westwood council, after a process of congregational feedback, approved a 3-year $1 million dollar appeal launching in 2022 with all proceeds going to Rise Early.  This is the catalyst for Rise Early to move ahead.

  • Six other faith communities, including Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, committed $125,000-$175,000 of support over the first 12 years of the program.

  • Rise Early received over $200,000 in donations in 2020.

  • Rise Early board established its vision, core values, and 3-year goals as part of a business planning process.

Please watch our conversation with

Common Bond Communities

Common Bond Communities is our housing partner in this proposed project.


They will be building and running 120 units of affordable housing and have invited Westwood to initiate a 62 spot affordable childcare within the apartment building. 

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