The First Few Years
Higher Ground officially started in 2007 at Mission View Assembly. We offered our services free of charge after seeing the community unable to afford a small service fee. The result was overwhelming.
Within 2 years we quickly outgrew the church facility we were using and had: 60 students every day. In addition we had 30 – 50 students in our waiting list without advertising any of our services.
Due to this overwhelming waiting list, Higher Ground reached out to the Pima County Parks and Recreation in late 2010 to propose building a youth center at one of the local parks. This prompted us to become a 501(c)3 organization and meet with different community leaders.
Mr. Jansen and his wife, Ms. Barbie, quit their full time jobs to devote themselves to Higher Ground.