There are dozens of volunteer opportunities with Building Hope in the City (BHITC). Think you’re interested in volunteering with us?

Understanding Poverty

This training session provides insight and will deepen your understanding of people living in poverty and how to assist low-income people. Topics include research on the causes of poverty, personal models for life developed by those in the middle class vs. those in poverty and creating relationships for sustained change. This training is for anyone who would like to have a better understanding of everyday life for people in poverty, cycles of poverty and how to help people become self-sustaining to leave poverty.

Advance registration is required.  Cost to attend is $15 and includes lunch.  Please note – due to the interactive nature of this class, a minimum of 20 participants is required in order to hold the class, so please register early.  Our staff will review the number of people registered one week prior to the scheduled class date, and if the number is less than 20, you will be notified of its cancellation and refunded the registration fee.


Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16 *Must attend both nights
7:00 – 9:30 pm

BHITC’s Offices (2nd Floor)
2038 West 29th Street
Cleveland, OH  44113

Register here!

Building Hope 101

The first step to volunteering with Building Hope in the City is to take ‘Building Hope 101,’ a 60-minute introduction to the organization. You will learn about our mission and ministries and find ways to use your God-given gifts and talents to love people in the city for Christ.  Building Hope 101 is a prerequisite for the Refugee 101 class.


  • Monday, May 7 – 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 15 – 5:30 pm *At The Hope Center, 15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland (rescheduled from the original date of 5/17)
  • Saturday, June 16 – 8:00 am
  • Tuesday, July 17 – 5:30 pm *At The Hope Center, 15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland

Where:  Unless otherwise noted, all BH 101 classes take place at BHITC’s Offices (2nd Floor)
2038 West 29th Street
Cleveland, OH  44113

The School Building is on the rear corner of BHITC’s campus.


Refugee / Hope Center 101

Note: In order to take this class, participants must have already taken the Building Hope 101 class listed above. For your convenience, once a month, BH 101 is offered immediately before Refugee/Hope Center 101. To sign up for both classes, click “register,” select the date you wish to attend, then hit “submit.”

Refugee /Hope Center 101 is a pre-requisite for joining a BHITC volunteer mentoring team befriending a newly arriving refugee family. It is also required for Hope Center volunteers. Participants will gain an understanding of who refugees are, why they are fleeing their home countries, the resettlement process in Cleveland and how to handle various situations when working across cultures.

When and Where:

  • Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, The Hope Center, 15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland (rescheduled from the original date of 5/17)
  • Saturday, June 16, 9:00 – 11:30 am, Building Hope in the City (2nd Floor), 2038 West 29th Street, Cleveland, OH  44113
  • Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, The Hope Center, 15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland


MissionSmith Sessions


  • Saturday, April 28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm with Dr. Justin Beene at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 6114 Francis Ave., Cleveland

Where:  Unless otherwise noted, all MissionSmith sessions take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (Community Center Building)
2031 West 30th Street
Cleveland, OH  44113

MissionSmith sessions are free, half-day gatherings designed to forge the thinking and practice of metropolitan church and ministry leaders for greater effectiveness and innovation in mission, church planting and Kingdom advancement.

MissionSmith brings you and your team through a series of dynamic presentations from local, regional and national ministry leaders. The monthly topics vary, addressing a wide range of mission and leadership topics and practices, often through storytelling, lecture or skills-building sessions. Come and get equipped, inspired and linked with others at MissionSmith. They are all free with an advance RSVP, so select just the sessions that speak to your situation, or mark your calendar now and attend them all!


Open Table Exploration


Please stay tuned for future Open Table Exploration dates.

Where:  BHITC’s Offices (2nd Floor)
2038 West 29th Street
Cleveland, OH  44113

During this 90-minute informational meeting, attendees will learn more about the Open Table ministry and how Christians can use their intellectual and social “capital” to help the working poor escape the cycle of poverty.  Open Table is a national ministry model for helping individuals and families exit poverty through relationships with Christian volunteers, who become their support network and more like extended family.  Register to learn more during the Open Table Exploration event!