Stories

Immigrant Community Remembers

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November
19

Thanks to a volunteer connection, the Romanian Community of Cleveland donated nine Chromebooks to assist students with virtual learning this fall, which kicked off the opening of a Chromebook lab at The Hope Center. Additional Chromebooks were funded by BHITC’s Refugee Emergency Fund, and school-age students now receive help two days a week from staff and volunteers to assist with their virtual learning.

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Starting a Church is Not Little Business

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November
19

Beginning in June, BHITC’s Community Development team partnered with Bay Presbyterian Church (BPC) and New Life at Calvary (NLAC) to see a future church plant established at Family Ministry Center through the leadership of church planter and pastor, Keon Abner. BHITC’s equipping process for Pastor Keon and his core team is based on Christian Community Development philosophy and practice, Asset-Based Community Development and other urban ministry principles the organization has learned over its almost two decades of experience in city ministry.

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God’s Abundance Overflows for Renovation

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November
19

“It’s been an intimate walk with Jesus each step as He keeps showing up and providing for every need,” says Mary McHugh, long-time supporter of BHITC and volunteer leading renovation efforts at The Hope Center. “He’s moving so fast, I can’t even pray for the next need before He sends it!”

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Digital Learning Lab Now Open

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November
19

Bridging the digital divide for families at The Hope Center is complete, which is needed more than ever due to the pandemic! The new computer lab, which officially opened in early November, is designed for adults in need of basic computer skills to help them take the next steps forward in life for themselves and their family members.

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Rally CLE Displays Loving Your Neighbor AND Neighborhood

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November
18

Community, collaboration and celebration defined the second-annual Rally CLE event on September 12! BHITC worked closely with 10 resident leaders to support their vision for community renewal in the Clark-Fulton and Stockyards neighborhoods. The community dynamically came together to make it happen!

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A Time of Kingdom Clarity

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June
5

A Time of Kingdom Clarity. A devotional written by Eloy Gonzalez, BHITC’s Manager of Ministry Engagement, in response to the series of recent violent events against men and women of color.

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BHITC’s COVID-19 Response Efforts

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May
4

Over the past 7 weeks, COVID-19 has caused BHITC to rethink and relearn what it looks like to love neighbors, care for the newcomer and come alongside the most vulnerable in the city. It’s been a season of great challenge for so many, but BHITC also sees the opportunity for the Church to #riseup and embody the love of Christ towards those disproportionately affected by this pandemic. Read about the organization’s response efforts here.

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Hope to Local Economy Coming Through Common Threads – Brook Park

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April
29

As the Proverb goes: In a person’s heart, he plans his own way,but the Lord directs his steps.* When BHITC announced theopening of a Common Threads – Brook Park location in February 2020, the organization intended to open sometime this summer. At that moment, only God knew the timeline would change in the wake of global developments, but, by His grace, plans to open still move forward!

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April
16

God’s plans can sometimes be a mystery, yet He asks us to trust him and not doubt.  Just when it seems clear what He is asking you to do, circumstances can seemingly fall apart or fail to materialize in the way that you thought, at times leaving believers scratching their heads. For one local family, the decision to faithfully practice generosity as a lifestyle, season after season, was clear, but what God was doing through it took years to fully materialize.

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April
16

In January, The Hope Center began phase one of its long-awaited renovation plans to improve the appearance and functionality of the building.  New flooring was installed in the Gathering Room (the sanctuary of the former church), where the stage area was also reconstructed and redesigned.  CareSource Foundation and Three Arches Foundation fund launch of groups who now meet regularly at The Hope Center to discuss in their first language the difficulty of adjusting to life in Cleveland after experiencing so much personal loss and adversity. Plus, Legacy Collective funds new computer lab to bridge the digital divide!

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