GEORGE LEILE VISIONS, INC.
Rev. George Leile was born in Virginia circa 1750. He was removed to Georgia where he was converted and baptized by Rev. Matthew Moore. Rev. Leile was licensed and ordained to preach the gospel which he did traveling from plantation to plantation. Around 1781, the British armies were leaving American shores and Rev. Leile decided to travel with them, seeking a home in the West Indies. Led by the Spirit, he sailed to Jamaica and began preaching the Gospel. In 1784, he organized the first Baptist church in Kingston, making him the first Baptist missionary of record. Inspired by the legacy of Rev. George Leile, George Leile Visions, Inc. was created to continue the work of service and evangelism in the Savannah community. GLV was founded in 1990 by First African Baptist Church to meet the physical, social and psychological needs of impoverished people. George Leile Visions, Inc. was incorporated on March 13, 1990 and received 501(c)3 status the same year.
The mission of George Leile Visions, Inc. is to provide a positive impact on the quality of life of others, in order to build a healthy community.
"Helping Others With Our Hands"
The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. (Deuteronomy 28:12)
GLV collaborated with the Economic Opportunity Authority of Savannah-Chatham County in 1993 to obtain a HUD grant for developing transitional housing and services for homeless families with children. The transitional facility, named Tom Austin House, houses 12 families in fully furnished apartments. Services to the transitional center include financial assistance, mentoring and life skills, and budgeting training.
The Tourism Division of George Leile Visions, Inc. is responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and operating tours of First African Baptist Church. The tours offer guests the opportunity to experience the history and legacy of First African Baptist Church. This division oversees the operations of third-party tour vendors, including contractual agreements and payment collection.
Media & Marketing
GLV is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of direct marketing promotions and supervises marketing and media efforts concerning events, services, functions, and activities of First African Baptist Church and George Leile Visions, Inc. This division coordinates the designing of marketing materials and collaborates with all media outlets regarding press releases
GLV seeks to address the need of returning citizens seeking employment. A training program was established to prepare participants as parking attendants. They learn to hone their skills in customer service, document preparation, oral communication, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship. They receive monthly training to grow in their positions, share ideas to expand the program, and address individual problems.