John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation

About John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation

The goal of the Perkins Foundation is to transform lives for Jesus Christ in the crime ridden area of West Jackson, Mississippi. Each life that is transformed can witness to others. We have learned from over 56 years in evangelical ministry that passionate, active involvement in the lives of children and families helps to significantly shape and influence communities of need. We believe that creating a village to surround and uphold families, especially single parents, provides a more stable environment. Our desire is to raise children who are assured of love and who are inspired and empowered to reach their dreams in life. Most of all, we want each child to know the love of Jesus Christ and to give that love away.

By providing volunteers, facilities, and staff support, The Perkins Foundation is in essence a village family that is able to reach into the most vulnerable and at-risk community of West Jackson and make positive changes in the lives of our neighbors in the following ways:

✓Bringing children to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ;
✓Youth Discipleship through High School and College years;
✓Motivating parents to achieve Higher Education;
✓Providing better housing & a safer, cleaner neighborhood;
✓Reducing the achievement gap between lower and upper-income aged students;
✓Increasing the high school graduation rates for at-risk students, and reducing the dropout rate;
✓Reducing teenage pregnancy through education, moral, and spiritual character development; and
✓Reducing neighborhood crime rates by giving children and teens a secure place to be and helping them discover that they do not have to fit into the mold that society dictates; helping them to discover their Life Vision (their God given passion and direction).


Summer camp intern

June 2019 - August 2019 Jackson, MS
“I liked that I was working with urban youth who needed mentors in their lives to work closely with them on a daily basis. I also liked that there were times to learn and time to have fun so we did activities around the city with the kids! ”
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