STORIES OF HOPE

  • Devotion: The Lord’s Prayer, A Fresh Look
    One of my all-time favorite books opens with, “Presumed familiarity has led to unfamiliarity, unfamiliarity has led to contempt, and contempt has led to profound ignorance.”I can definitely relate. We think we’ve mastered a thing, before even knowing it fully, and end up never having known it to start. It becomes worthless to us and snubbed because of its irrelevance to our real lives and whatever it had potential to offer, is never actually realized. Could this have happened to the prayer Jesus taught His students, better known as The Lord’s Prayer?  Have those five verses affected our lives in meaningful ways, or has our presumed familiarity led us to miss something significant? […]
  • Students in Cleveland Elementary School Chosen for More
    Perspective changes everything. So, when Christ followers shift their mindset to see life through His perspective, the mission field around us becomes clear. The last 12+ months have given people all over the world a new perspective on many things, and near the top of that list for countless families is their children’s education. As God would have it, BHITC began a partnership with The Halle School of Inquiry a few short months before the start of a global pandemic. […]
  • Teamwork Makes the Dreams Work for Local Entrepreneurs
    LIFT (Leaders in Faith Together) is a new pilot program through BHITC centered around accelerating the work, effectiveness and overall growth of local leaders, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises and small businesses in Cleveland. The goal is to build and leverage relationships, establish meaningful connections and develop urban leaders to positively impact their communities. Hear what its director has to say about LIFT and why she has such a strong passion for this work God is doing in Cleveland. […]
  • That Creator Must Be Good
    A few years ago, while I got to pastor some inner-city teens, I led a discussion on Aliens. Yep, Aliens! You might be thinking, “and this is why you’re no longer pastoring inner-city teens.”  Maybe…Maybe not. It wasn’t on whether aliens existed, are hidden in Area 51, nor if they’d conjure up a plan to attack humans in the year 2020! No, it was designed to shed light on what they would observe if given the opportunity to explore our world! […]
  • So Much More Than a Renovation
    “My hope for this renovation is that the people who come to The Hope Center feel really loved and valued because they are,” says Cory Schiebel, Safety Manager at The Albert M. Higley Company, long-time BHITC volunteer at The Hope Center (THC) and renovation project manager. “Often, refugees and immigrants aren’t valued in their home countries. We hope they walk in and see that a lot of people came together for this renovation, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of labor and materials, to make sure they know their worth.” […]
  • Double Impact as Common Threads Opens Second Location in Brook Park
    Double the stores means double the selection, sales, staff and savings, but the best of all…DOUBLE IMPACT. There are many reasons to love Common Threads, BHITC’s social enterprise thrift stores, but its impact is the heart behind this great story. […]
  • When Sorrow Turned to Joy
    Enter with me into your mind’s eye to use the God-given gift of imagination… It’s late in the week after the events in Jerusalem shook the world. Jesus of Nazareth was condemned and crucified as a common criminal. […]
  • Devotion: Love that Lasts
    I write this on February 15th and Valentine’s Day is fresh on my mind. But by the time it reaches your inbox, it will feel like last year’s news. Nevertheless, stores were set up for weeks and millions of dollars spent. Cards, chocolates, meals, and all sorts of gifts! Not even a global pandemic could deter it from delivering all it promises. What does it promise to deliver? How lasting is the impact of this holiday of Love? […]
  • Immigrant Community Remembers
    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. […]
  • Starting a Church is Not Little Business
    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. […]
  • God’s Abundance Overflows for Renovation
    “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!” […]
  • Digital Learning Lab Now Open
    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. […]
  • Rally CLE Displays Loving Your Neighbor AND Neighborhood
    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! […]
  • A Time of Kingdom Clarity
    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. […]
  • BHITC’s COVID-19 Response Efforts
    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. […]
  • Hope to Local Economy Coming Through Common Threads – Brook Park
    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! […]
  • When Generosity is a Lifestyle, Big Things Happen – Entire Houses Get Donated!
    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. […]
  • Exciting Progress and Additions Move Forward for Immigrant and Refugee Community
    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! […]
  • Meet Geeta!
    When Geeta Sharma walked into The Hope Center in 2016 to begin the process for U.S. citizenship, little did she know that two of her biggest dreams: to become an American citizen and to pursue her goal to be part of the legal field, were about to come true. A strong family, an even stronger sense of personal motivation and a love of learning has shaped Geeta her whole life. They helped her survive becoming a child refugee in 1998 in Nepal and being sent by her family from Nepal to India for school, where she lived with her aunt. […]
  • A Certain Faith for Uncertain Times
    It's been a jarring few weeks across our nation and world amidst the unfolding COVID-19 epidemic. BHITC remains as flexible as possible to care for staff, volunteers, partners and communities. COVID-19 is prompting a lot of questions for the Body of Christ right now, especially as many churches shift to a largely online presence and Christians are increasingly isolated.How does the Church respond? What does Christ-like love look like in this moment? Find out here. […]