Sunday, December 26, 2010

#92: Hope Ministries

We've loved featuring some of the great non-profits and charity organizations in the area so much (and there are so many!) that we've decided to keep it going until the New Year. Again, if you have any suggestions for organizations that you would like to see featured, please email us at or leave a comment here. We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday in (or out of) South Bend!

Hope Ministries states that they are dedicated to helping individuals "examine their current realities, envision their future possibilities, and enable action to achieve their desired futures" in a faith-based way. To accomplish this mission they offer a wide litany of services to the greater South Bend community.

At the center of these services is a free meal program which offers a lunch and a dinner meal every day of the year for anyone who needs it. This culminates in Hope serving around 8,000 meals per month, a truly astonishing number. Other services include transitional housing for families, couples, and single men and women as well as early-childhood development programs, adult education, substance-abuse recovery programs, and employment preparation. Hope's services are based on their holistic philosophy and belief in structure and stability for their residents and guests.

Hope Ministries has been providing this enormous array of services in the community since 1954 and relies on donations, volunteers, and community and church partnerships to continue to do so. If you would like to donate to Hope, they have provided information here. If you would like to volunteer at Hope on a current project or ongoing program, you can find the volunteer application form here. A list of items that the organization currently needs is listed below.  The services provided by Hope are essential, and supporting their work, supports our larger community.

Items Needed
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Trash bags
Shaving razors
Pain relievers
Gift-cards to Wal-Mart
Home cleaning products

You can bring these items to Hope's Family Life Center at 432 South Lafayette.

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