Till Every Soul Feels Its Worth: A Campaign for The Hope Center
The Hope Center: A Place of Welcome
Since its opening in 2015, The Hope Center for Refugees and Immigrants has been the only faith-based ministry of its kind in Northeast Ohio. Inspired by God’s relentless heart of welcome for the foreigner and stranger, the Center builds long-term relationships with refugees and migrants. Staff, volunteers, partners and programs equip these resilient friends to move beyond the early days of initial resettlement toward their fullest potential while pursuing their hopes and dreams for a new life in America.
2015-2020: Celebrating Five Years of Impact at The Hope Center
A look at The Hope Center’s first five years of operations reveals just how much the Lord continues to bless these efforts:
- 250 weekly visits on average
- 624 new U.S. citizens
- 278 job placements or assistance with securing employment
- 746 English students
- 1,282 people served through immigration services
- 296 refugees mentored in-home by local resident volunteers
(all metrics as of The Center’s opening in 2015)
You’ll find outlined below how BHITC plans to expand the impact of The Center through a $40,000 campaign this summer. Your support of these efforts will help to create employment for refugee leaders at The Hope Center and further ongoing renovations of the facility to accommodate continued growth and ministry. Thank you in advance for giving as you are able and as you feel led.
Refugee Staff and Leader Development $20,000
In 2020, BHITC welcomed the following to The Hope Center’s staff as part of the “Access Hope Initiative.” These new hires are part of a long-term plan for the Center’s future to be shaped by the communities we serve. Your support will ensure their continued development as future leaders at BHITC.
Hanan Es Sabar, Café Manager
Born in Morocco, Hanan oversees hospitality services that ensure every visitor is treated as a special guest.
Amina Kizenga, Refugee Youth Enrichment Program Assistant/Café Manager
A college student whose family is from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Amina’s work helps link refugee children and youth to supportive tutors and educational resources.
Geeta Sharma, Immigration Services Assistant
Geeta’s life-long interest in the law and firsthand experience as a former refugee from Bhutan helps give confidence and hope to those migrants seeking immigration assistance from BHITC.
Rahela Shakhidad and Najdah Al Mashakbeh, Facilities and Cleaning Associates
The Center is in good hands, thanks to this duo, who hail from Afghanistan and Jordan respectively.
Kitchen Remodeling Project $20, 000
Just as in our homes, the kitchen at The Hope Center is the heart of the facility. An updated kitchen will improve daily operations of the Center’s Cafe and allow for larger community events in the future. These updates will help BHITC and The Center’s staff to progress toward the eventual installation of a full commercial kitchen.
- Side by side reach-in refrigerator/ freezer
- Commercial under-counter dishwasher
- Commercial electric stove dual ovens
- Stainless steel prep island with sink and under-counter storage
We need you!
Opportunities to get involved at The Hope Center
Are you seeking to meet reliable, hard-working job candidates? We can introduce you to many other area employers who’ve hired migrants through BHITC and found it a wise investment. Hope Center staff are available to learn your labor needs and help make referrals.
Church partners are invaluable to BHITC! We can link your church to support project-based events such seasonal youth programs, facility repairs and community events hosted at The Hope Center. BHITC staff are also available to area churches as mission speakers on cross-cultural and urban ministry topics.
BHITC loves and needs volunteers! A variety of opportunities exist at The Hope Center that match your interest and availability. Come and make an eternal difference in the lives of others and grow in your own experience of God’s love as a result. More information about BHITC’s monthly orientation sessions for new volunteers is available here.
Donate Today! BHITC seeks to raise $40,000 towards this effort. Please consider making a donation to help meet this goal! To make a tax-deductible donation, please CLICK HERE to make a gift online.