Mission: Restoring the city to God by developing and linking people, communities and churches.
Results: - Graduate of Project Access, a three-year capacity building program of The Cleveland Foundation for promising new nonprofits in Northeast Ohio.
- 120+ at-risk youth in weekly tutoring/literacy programs, where academic goals are set each semester.
- 150+ refugees and immigrants in programs including resettlement assistance, English classes and citizenship prep courses.
- The formation of a Swahili-speaking worship service among Burundian and Congolese refugees.
- Work underway to plant a new church in Cleveland's Westown neighborhood in 2013.
- Two annual service events that bring together nearly 700 people who each give 8+ hours of volunteer time to one of more than 40 area nonprofit organizations and urban congregations.
- The recent completion of a 10-year Strategic Plan by our Board and Staff that will guide our development through 2022.
- The formation of a sister organization, "Building Hope in the City - Cincinnati" which will become a separate nonprofit ministry organization in 2012.
Programs: - Volunteer and leader development initiatives.
- Urban church planting and the renewal of existing city congregations.
- Neighborhood-based ministries that address the educational, social, cultural and spiritual needs of city residents.
- Refugee and immigrant resettlement programs and community development.
As a mother to a 7-year-old boy from the suburbs, I want my son to realize that not all people are as fortunate as he and that one component of being a Christian is to give back to others in love. We have participated in Building Hope in the City's backpack and Christmas gift box programs. Both of these events gave my son the opportunity to shop for children in need in Cleveland's inner city. My goal in these shopping trips is to get him to understand that there are others right in our area who cannot just go to Target and afford all new school supplies or head to the mall at Christmas and pick up the latest toys. I feel fortunate that we have been able to partner with Building Hope in the City -- it is a win-win for all. For my son, who is learning life lessons and also for the children who receive needed items for heading back to school or some new books, toys and other essentials to make their Christmas season a litte brighter.