About Hope Outreach Minisitry
Hope Outreach Ministry opened in December 2011 and is located at 2354 Mahoning Rd. NE in Canton. Hope Outreach is a faith-based 501C3 nonprofit based organization. Our mission and purpose is to go into the community and serve all those in need. We are a ministry where no one is turned away, and we include even the most unlovely as the Lord has asked us to do. I was called to leave another wonderful ministry in Canton and to open this ministry in one of the most under-served neighborhood's on the northeast side. We originally started with 12 people and started serving about 20 people in two rooms the first month. All food was cooked and served along with storing clothing in one small room. Prior to that, we had been setting our tables up on corner's throughout Canton and serving the people in need as they stopped or walked up for help. We were serving a large homeless population. As winter approached, we had to find our current building to keep serving.
Over the next year, our ministry grew in leaps and bounds, each month increasing in numbers as the word spread about our ministry. Growth is attributed to the fact that we feed and clothe all day as people just walk in, no questions asked and no identification required. We also started
Sunday morning services with a small amount of people which grew fast due to the spiritual needs of so many broken people. We welcomed all, no matter their records or addictions and our policy of "come as you are." What a blessing for even an unkempt person off the streets to feel
As you see, I could share a thousand words about our humble beginnings but now let me share the facts:
- We are now serving approximately 1,000 people every week during the four days we are open.
- Each day, we allow each person to select a food item from our small pantry, including all the bread they need.
- All prepared food at the end of the day is boxed up and sent home to provide for later in the day.
- Everyone is allowed to select what they need from the clothing room, including shoes and household items.
- We provide blankets, gloves, hats, scarves and boots to all and pass out to all the homeless daily.
I also would like to share with you in the beginning, we set in motion our "5 year strategic plan" to also teach people how to raise themselves up out of their poverty and brokenness, not only through faith but learning. We have a sewing ministry, crafts, and we teach our children skills on
Saturdays. We have men's fellowship and addiction meetings to encourage their seeking employment. We are connected to Job and Family Services and currently have 12 people doing hours here to earn their food stamps. We are connected to the Stark Courts, allowing people to do their community service here and helping them to make better choices in the future. At this time, we have seven people doing their hours. We have also have created a library for our children and adults. We have many plans in 2015 to expand all of our programs.
We also are improving our meals with better nutrition and have been blessed with the Aultman "WOW Wagon" for the last two years, and the nurses have provided people with information and guidance to improve their health.
In conclusion, you can see that we never would have accomplished this without the help of the many people and organizations that have provided all our needs and of course, God. In order to continue, we are in desperate need of so much more, food, clothing, money to pay our rent, utilities and so many more everyday expenses. We are praying for a larger building or to purchase and expand this one we are in. We are in desperate need of transportation for many people. Thirty percent of our people are homeless. We expect to double our attendance this year which means we will be attempting to serve more than 5,600 people each month verses 4,000 a month during 2016.
- We believe devoutly in our Lord Jesus Christ and that we are to love and serve our brothers and sisters unconditionally in His name.
- The guiding principle of our mission is that no one is turned away.
- We believe that the 2 greatest commandments are Mathew 22:37,38,39 and Jesus said unto them "Thou shall Love the Lord thy God with all thy hear and all thy soul and with all thy mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is: "Like unto it thou shall Love thy neighbor as thyself."
- We believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, died on the cross and rose from the dead three days later for the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of our Salvation for eternal life.
- We believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the. Bible is the inspired word of GOD and it reveals the mind of GOD, the state of man, the way of Salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers.
- The Bibles doctrines are Holy, its precepts are binding, and it's histories are true.
- We believe in Holy Communion, Holy Baptism, Healing and laying on of hands and anointing with oil, all the Gifts and the Fruits of the Spirit.
- Our purpose is to go into Stark County and preach the gospel. God has called us to minister to the needs of the people of the community spiritual and materially through the giving of food, clothing, personal and household necessities', counseling, after school programs, children's summer vacation fun days, adult education in sewing crafts, cooking, nutrition, gardening, computer skills, financial planning, tutoring children and adults and youth ministries. We will also do in home and hospital
visitation and communion. Community street ministry in all of Stark County.
- We also acknowledge that we are bound and will obey our Federal, State, County and City Government laws.