Purchase of The Hope Center provides welcoming community for refugees and immigrants
Watch for even more great things happening at The Hope Center (The Center) now that Building Hope in the City (BHITC) purchased the building! That’s right, as of February of 2018, the building at 15135 Triskett Road in Cleveland, which the organization began renting two days a week just three short years ago, now officially belongs to BHITC!
When The Center opened in early 2015, it served a handful of refugees and immigrants in rented space at Gateway West Church, and by 2017, it served up to 350 people a day! Recently, God redirected the steps for the church, and in doing so, opened the doors – literally – to an opportunity for BHITC to purchase its building, perfectly located within a large immigrant and refugee community on Cleveland’s west side.
“The sky’s the limit to what we can do now that we own the building,” said Eileen Wilson, Director of Refugee and Immigrant Ministries. “For years, we have been praying for a building. Who knew we were already sitting in the building God had for us? It’s been a huge encouragement in the work we’re doing here to see Him orchestrate these details for the space to become our own.”
With the purchase of the building, the staff and volunteers are working on expanding its classes, services and more. “Packing all of our classes into two days a week in limited, rented space was always challenging,” Wilson says.
In addition to reconfiguring the class schedule, building renovations and improvements are also needed. Some work is already done, with other work underway, to repurpose and maximize the rest of the space.
How can you help? Greatest needs at The Hope Center
Volunteers and supporters are essential to make many of BHITC’s dreams for The Center possible.
The greatest volunteer needs include:
Legal and Immigration services volunteer
Citizenship small group conversation
Adult class teachers