In 2001, Alex and Shené Scott committed their time and energy to servicing their communities in youth ministry, as a firefighter and as a teacher. Due to their passion to help others and troubling events they experienced performing their career responsibilities, they focused their attention on volunteering to assist those individuals and families they came in contact with. In 2013, Alex and Shené , as well as their two children, experienced life altering challenges within their own family. Shené was stricken with severe food allergies that include gluten, peanuts, and tree nuts. Alex was experiencing issues with hypoglycemia, one child was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity and the other with Type 1 diabetes. After experiencing these obstacles within their family, helping through volunteering, donating monetarily, and collecting resources for people in need only quenched their thirst on a small scale. The Scott’s felt a strong desire to do more and share what they had learned through their personal life changes. The desire to help others on a larger scale brought about the inception of Vine Branch Fellowship in 2019. With the help of friends, family, and relationships established over the 20 plus years the Scott family has been helping others, Vine Branch Fellowship was established to focus on fellowship, charitable giving, engaging in volunteer opportunities, entrepreneurial education, promoting healthy lifestyles, religious education, and education programs in the local and surrounding communities it resides.
Vine Branch Fellowship has designed programs to equip individuals, families, seniors, and low-income groups with the tools to create healthier food options and to provide meals to uplift those that are going through difficult times, combatting the growing concerns of diabetes, celiac, obesity, depression, and other chronic health illnesses. It creates opportunities with a centralized focus of connecting individuals and/or families with opportunities to assist those in need, avenues for volunteering with other organizations and providing environments for social partnering. VBF also designs programs to focus on providing social economic direction, mentoring, and educational assistance to youth and young adults. This nonprofit strives to connect the VINE of resources in communities to a BRANCH of individuals in need of assistance through FELLOWSHIP opportunities.