Hope Ministries has been serving underprivileged individuals and families in Michiana since 1954. Following the Grace Model, the staff and volunteers at Hope Ministries provide residents with housing, meals, child-care, parenting classes, adult education, spiritual development, substance abuse recovery, life skills, employment readiness programs, among other vital progams and resources to help them gain stability in their lives.
The original Michigan Street building now primarily provides space for chapel services and a community kitchen, where nearly 300 meals are served every day. The Family Life Center provides housing for 18 families (including single mothers, married couples and single fathers), 16 single women and 40 single men.
Hope Ministries was initially founded as Hope Rescue Mission in 1954 by Tobe E. Schmucker under the direction of the Mennonite Board of Missions in a former hotel and tavern in downtown South Bend. Hope's initial mission was to shelter, feed and minister to homeless men, but within a year Hope began serving homeless women and families as well.
In the late 1990's Hope's board and staff, along with a group of community leaders, examined the state of homelessness in St. Joseph County and gaps in the community's services. This led to a decision by Hope's board to open a second facility in 2005, the Family Life Center, to serve homeless women and families (from hopesb.org).
VISION & MISSION
Hope Ministries seeks to transform hearts, minds and lives by engaging families and individuals in a Christ-centered, grace-based process of examining their current realities, envisioning their future possibilities, and enabling action to achieve their desired futures. Hope envisions a community in which every adult and child has access to the love, support and resources they need to be healthy mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually (from hopesb.org). Read more >
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Saint Joseph Parishioners serve the needs of South Bend’s Hope Ministries by preparing and serving a meal on the first Friday of each month. Parishioners also deliver milk five days a week, coordinated by a sign-up sheet in the back of the church. If you would like to help in this ministry or find out more about Hope, contact:
John Conway, Parishioner