Abundance: A Campaign for The Hope Center
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly” or “to the full,” depending on the translation (John 10:10).
The beauty of this message is everyone is eligible. Each person, regardless of background, country of origin or sin is welcome to the abundant life He offers. Yet, abundant life in Christ is a process, it takes work and refinement, and it starts by addressing basic needs to achieve the greater things He has for each one of us. At Building Hope in the City (BHITC), this process often involves moving people from “surviving to thriving.”
This movement for people is foundational at The Hope Center (THC), BHITC’s center for refugees and immigrants, where its mission is to demonstrate God’s relentless heart of welcome to each person or “stranger” (Matt. 25:35) who enters. For many newcomers, education and employment are those basic needs that, left unaddressed, limit opportunities available to them. The Hope Center provides resources to support refugees and immigrants move their families forward from surviving to thriving and into fullness of life!
This 30-day campaign will enable The Hope Center to more fully meet the needs of refugees in 2021. Of particular challenge and immediate need are adults seeking employment during COVID-19 due to lost jobs, refugee school-age students attempting to learn virtually and those who are ready to move forward with a process of more formalized adult education.
Watch Dawa’s story below, which is just one example of how the right employment resources can change a life!
Since COVID-19 began, dozens of families received much-needed support in these areas because of The Hope Center:
- 130 individuals received unemployment-related services
- 69 adults received employment assistance, with 28 adults placed into jobs directly through THC
- 30+ students benefit weekly from The Hope Center’s learning pod
The Abundance Campaign will allow The Hope Center to continue offering education and employment services in 2021 through the following –
- $10,000 for purchase TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) curriculum, as well as staffing and supplies to teach a weekly adult class at The Center.
- $5,000 for the Learning Pod – ensuring 30+ students are digitally connected to school activities and assignments, including supervision of the pod, supplies and snacks.
- $10,000 for Employment Services – coordination of employment support including computer and online access for job searches, coaching for interviews and placement with area employers and volunteer job mentors.
Your help is needed! By helping refugees and immigrants achieve a more abundant life for themselves and their families, they will experience the love of Christ in tangible, life-changing ways that will impact generations. Give today! To make a tax-deductible donation, please CLICK HERE to make a gift online.