Community Hope Center of Osceola County
A Homeless Outreach and Self-Sufficiency Center
The Community Hope Center’s mission is to provide assistance to all those in need in our community. We secure a “no wrong door” policy and are committed to providing resources or referrals for those who are actively searching for assistance and who are willing to forge a path towards self-sufficiency.
We currently serve over 1,100 homeless and low-income families (25,000 + individuals, of which 5,000+ are children).
Nearly all adults whom we serve have jobs, and they can’t even make it living paycheck to paycheck.
Your congregational donations are invaluable!
It is so exciting to come together as church and serve others with the heart of Christ! There are people in Osceola County who benefit from the Community Hope Center, and at the synod assembly this June, we have an amazing opportunity to serve and assist in this ministry.
Each congregation is asked to participate in this synod-wide service project in some way. You may pick one of the following, or a couple, or all. Every little bit makes a difference! Be creative! Be generous! Have fun! Be the blessing to this ministry that will change lives for our working poor in Osceola county! And know you are going to make a huge difference in the lives of people who really need to see what the love of Jesus is all about.
- Encourage your congregation to write out prayers on 3X5 index cards (one side only) that will be collected at the synod assembly. Community Hope Center has a chaplain on site and there is a prayer corner with prayer requests posted. We want to visibly flood the board with prayers from all over the synod!
- RECEIVE A “NOISY OFFERING.” Checks are great, but collecting coinage and bringing that to the assembly to put into the large water jug with everyone else’s coins is a great visual. Last year we collectively filled a five gallon water container (and then half of a second one!) before the assembly was done. This is a simple way to engage all ages in the congregation to help!! The coins received will go towards 2 new large TVs that are needed for meetings, trainings, and networking with the community.
- COLLECT WAL-MART GIFT CARDS. Any amount, but only Wal-Mart.
- COLLECT ITEMS FROM YOUR CONFERENCE LIST (below). We have taken the needs expressed by the Community Hope Center and divided them among each of our conferences. Please refer to the list below. When donating food items, please write the expiration date on the top of the box/can and cross out the bar code. Sterilite 56 quart storage bins with the blue lid are in big demand. It would be great if you would use this bin as your collection area, bring your items to synod assembly in this bin, and then the bin is also part of your donation to Community Hope Center. Win-Win!!