Common Good was founded in 2011 by John and Laura Gallaher. They first began working with families in under-resourced neighborhoods in North Lexington in 2006 and they moved into the neighborhood soon after in 2007. John served as the youth pastor for The Rock/La Roca, an urban mission congregation, for five years. Living and working in the neighborhood provided a transformative education for John and Laura. During these years they were learning, growing and being challenged through relationships with their neighbors and the larger community to think differently about ministry and the wholistic nature of the gospel. The neighborhood came to be a place they loved deeply and found a deep sense of belonging.
Through the youth group model, spiritual transformation was happening in the lives of students, but it seemed that this was not fully impacting other realities students and families faced - like limited educational, recreational, leadership, and vocational opportunities. The couple began to dream about what it would be like to begin to address these barriers building on the assets and strengths of the people in their neighborhood. Through living in the community, building relationships with students and families and conversations with community stakeholders, they found there was a need for more opportunities and resources for neighbors to live into their God-given potential. Through God's provision, Common Good was born!
Since then, many people across Lexington, central Kentucky and beyond have caught the vision of Common Good. Today it belongs to many different people. First and foremost, Common Good belongs to our students and parents. They believe in and are leading the work of Common Good in meaningful ways. It belongs to our mentors and other volunteers who pour their time and love into our students. It belongs to our board and staff who are deeply committed to this work. It belongs to our financial partners: individuals, churches, businesses, and others who faithfully invest in what we do. All of us have unshakeable belief that hope is alive and well in North Lexington.