R3 equips the youth of East St. Louis to have better economic futures. By employing nearly 30 youth from East St. Louis in the last two years, youth gain job readiness skills, learn a biblical worldview of work, use positive strategies for career advancement and gain a family of peers and mentors. This all leads to NO PROLONGED absences from the youth labor force and NO PROLONGED unemployment.

Developing Youth and Neighborhoods

R3 Development is a non-profit community development organization. We specialize in creating programs and ecosystems that improve economic futures for the youth of East St. Louis. We do this through social enterprise efforts that include rehabbing homes in the East St. Louis area. Through donations from private individuals and organizations, we are able to recruit, train and employ East St. Louis youth while providing leadership development programs. Our programs use best practices that are evidence-based. 

Partnership with City of Joy Fellowship Church

R3 is a partner ministry of City of Joy Fellowship, a local church that was planted by Bethlehem Baptist (Minneapolis, MN) and The Journey (St. Louis Metro). Our collective efforts enable the local church body to more effectively put its faith into action. Moreover, this partnership delivers a growing ecosystem of love and care to the youth who participate in R3 programs. For example, the partnership allows young people to interact with 10-15 adults/mentors through structured activities. Effectively, this partnership enables youth to not just have a first job but to gain a family.

Who Leads R3?

R3 is a 501(c)(3) steered by a Board of Directors that include strong leaders from various industries including banking, real estate, construction, education and youth programming. The Board of Directors meets at least monthly to oversee effectiveness across five key areas: youth, volunteers, operations, homes and financials. 

Meet the Team


Scott Loeffler, Construction Project Manager

Scott has been with the team since February 2015 when he felt called to devote his construction management skills to a cause greater than himself. Scott started his construction management experience after he graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1996 working in large commercial construction until he started with a family-run custom home and remodeling contractor where he was a project manager and estimator for 15 years. In that 15 years, he was privileged to be a part of a wide variety of projects ranging from $100 to $5 million.

While working in the construction field the past 20 years, Scott gained experience in commercial construction, custom home building, and residential remodeling. This involved estimating, writing contracts, creating and managing job budgets, job reports, working with banks & title companies, accounting, coordinating suppliers, working with subcontractors, obtaining permits, worked with utility companies, working with insurance companies, and maintaining relationships with clients. Scott also got to coordinate onsite progress with superintendents, carpenters, subcontractors and delivery of materials on his projects.

Scott has been married to his wife Anne Loeffler for more than 17 years. He has 2 sons, Ryan (13) and Joshua (11). Both Boys are involved in baseball, basketball, wrestling, and soccer. The family has attended Christ United Methodist Church since 1999. Scott is on the Church Building Committee and the Trustees. Scott enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his kids.

Sarah Capps, Office and Development Manager

Sarah began working with R3 in the Summer of 2017 after volunteering for several months. She uses her gifts to welcome volunteers and students into meaningful workdays that cause external and internal change. Her steadfast dedication to excellence has also helped R3 develop partnerships with organizations like the Lutheran Foundation and the Brown Sisters Foundation. Sarah and her husband live in an R3 home in East St. Louis where you'll often see them preparing meals for area youth.  Sarah attends City of Joy Fellowship in East St. Louis.

Brian Woodward, Executive Director

Brian began working with East St. Louis youth in July 2012 as Director of Operations of Rebirth: East St. Louis. While working at Rebirth, Brian loved creating life-changing experiences for youth that shed light into their identities, strengths and desires for the future. In February 2015, he helped create R3 so that youth in East St. Louis would have more opportunities to gain meaningful work experience while rebuilding their own community. In the first year, more than 15 youth enjoyed first-time work experience! Brian is eager to continue developing a viable employment track that includes internships, work academies, part-time employment and even full time employment. In partnership with local organizations, he is also eager to develop additional programs that help youth prepare for independent living, i.e. financial literacy, employment training, entrepreneurship.

Brian is passionate about having intentional conversations about hard topics that are rarely discussed while seeking the Gospel in all situations. Brian cares deeply about care and counseling for those around him. Brian has been married for nearly 12 years and has three wonderful kids. He currently lives in Belleville and attends City of Joy Fellowship located in the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis.

Board of Directors

Marqueta Goins

Marqueta has a passion for youth outreach and has over 15 years of experience working with urban youth and community serving organizations. Much of this experience included site coordinating, overseeing operations, and administrative work. She is a devoted wife and mother of four. Marqueta joined City of Joy’s launch team in April 2016 and currently serves in the music department (City of Joy is a multi-ethnic East St. Louis church plant that meets in the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center). Her hope is to share Christ and assist in developing, educating, and inspiring inner-city youth.

Zach Chike

Zach is the Youth Director at City of Joy Fellowship. He spends a majority of his time building relationships with the youth in the area. He is actively involved in the community as a substitute teacher, a youth soccer/basketball coach, and a volunteer at a youth center. He was previously on staff with a college ministry for 3 years, where he created and hosted events, had many public speaking engagements, and mentored several college students. His heart and passion is to deeply invest his time into the lives of the youth of East Saint Louis.

Johnathan Tate

Deeply passionate about youth and community development, Johnathan is a teacher at the SIUE Charter High School in East St. Louis. He and his wife have been investing in East St. Louis residents for more than 5 years and were part of the ministry that led to the birth of R3 Development. In fact, Johnathan lives in the very first home that R3 Development rehabbed! Johnathan is also an active member in his church, City of Joy Fellowship, where he plays a vital role on the worship team. In summary, he is passionate about seeing lives change because of the powerful, transforming love of Jesus Christ.

Mark Zavaglia

President of First Collinsville Bank. Began as a teller at the age of 16 and worked his way through the ranks. Worked multiple jobs throughout teenage years to pay his way through college while balancing challenging family dynamics -- allowing him to empathize with individuals in difficult family situations. His bank is passionate about the area and its residents; therefore, R3 is a great way for him to invest his time through one-on-one relationships, financial literacy classes and strategic advocacy.

Brian Woodward

Corporate experience in marketing and organizational structure and strategy. Operations director of Rebirth: East St. Louis for 3 years. Experience in overseeing organizational staff and programs, developing youth through academics, character and spiritual development, and life skills training.

2nd Saturdays

This is the best way to volunteer with R3. All comers and all skill levels are welcome to join us every second Saturday of every month - rain or shine. Since early 2015, well over 300 youth and adults have partnered to push R3's mission forward by volunteering their talents to swing a hammer, hang a truss or simply sweep floors. The results of participating in 2nd Saturdays are astonishing. While 100% of volunteers say they come to serve, the vast majority of volunteers report a list of positive outcomes after serving. Major outcomes include a more positive view of East St. Louis as well as an increased likelihood to interact with people who are different from themselves.

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