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.

Saturday, May 16
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

**BHITC’s NEW Offices**

3274 West 58th Street (the former Gilbert School)
Cleveland, OH 44102

Register here!

Building Hope 101

The first step to volunteering with Building Hope in the City is to take ‘Building Hope 101 (BH 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.


  • Wednesday, May 20 – 5:30 pm at The Hope Center
  • Saturday, June 27 – 8:30 am at The Hope Center
  • Wednesday, July 15 – 5:30 at The Hope Center

Where:  The Hope Center
15135 Triskett Road
Cleveland, OH 44111


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:

  • Wednesday, May 20 – 6:30 pm at The Hope Center
  • Saturday, June 27 – 9:30 am at The Hope Center
  • Wednesday, July 15 – 6:30 pm at The Hope Center


MissionSmith Sessions

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Global Conversation Classes

Global Conversation Classes are a series of trainings specific to BHITC’s refugee ministry.  All Global Conversation classes take place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at The Hope Center, 15135 Triskett Road in Cleveland.

Refugee 201:  A class designed for those who have mentored a refugee family for several months or longer and are looking to help the family take the next steps forward in life.  The session includes considering what the next big decisions may be for the family and how to help them through the process.
     When:  Wednesday, July 22

Immigration 101:  This class teaches the fundamentals of the American immigration system. You will earn about immigration law and policy so that you can better understand what’s happening in the news and how to support immigrants in your community.
     When:  TBD

ESL Tips & Tricks:  This session offers practical tips and techniques for helping a refugee or immigrant begin to learn the English language.  BHITC’s ESL ministries need additional volunteer teachers, and those considering serving as a volunteer refugee mentor would also benefit from this session.
     When: More dates coming for 2020!

Cross-Cultural Communication:  In this class, students will identify and discuss barriers that might prevent people from effectively engaging in communication across cultures and review methods for applying effective cross-cultural communication methods.
     When:  Wednesday, June 24

Preparing Students for Citizenship
     When:  Wednesday, May 27

Pre-registration required.