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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.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BHITC continues to serve the marginalized in our society with everything from tutoring assistance to job counseling; from helping those from other cultures to resettle and acclimate into this new culture. The staff are always pleasant, smiling, and working hard to find new ways to meet the ever-evolving needs of those they serve - including recruiting and training volunteers. As a volunteer, I am blessed and honored to serve with such wonderful people who ALWAYS put others before themselves! Thank you BHITC for all the love you give and work that you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed by Building Hope in the City's staff and dedicated volunteers. At the annual City Serve event, a number of teens and women made adorable dresses out of pillowcases, which were taken to Haiti by a mission trip group. Not only did we participate in a tremendously gratifying program, BHITC also provided speakers who had been to Haiti to inform us of the conditions there. BHITC is the best, hands down.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Praise God for BHITC! I am always in awe of the stories I hear, about the people they touch and the lives they change. BHITC is the hand of God moving through the city and I am privileged to be a tiny cell within that hand.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Building Hope in the City is an organization that serves many of our most vulnerable. They handle these most desperate of souls with a grace and respect that is amazing and awe-inspiring. I have worked personally with Brian Upton and Nadia Abu-Amsha and continue to be amazed by their ministry, dedication and passion for their jobs. I have been impressed by all of the individuals who work at and for Building Hope in the City and the quality of the organization is unsurpassed! Every summer, my school aged children and I purchase backpacks for refugees before we purchase our own new school supplies; this is one of the many, many ministries of BHITC. Keep up the amazing work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Building Hope in the City on several occasions. Most often I have been a part of a day of volunteering called CityServe, which has organized hundreds of local volunteers in a day of service to the community. Each event has been very well organized and the service has been meaningful work.

Darlene6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for years with the Arabic Women's Ministry and with the tutoring ministry as well as working with the "Work Day" held every May. What an excellant chance to show Christ's Love to others. It is also an excellant chance to work with fellow Christians.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a blessing of God Building Hope in the City has been to Bethlehem Community Church and what a joy and privilege it has been for me as its Pastor and our people to partner with them in our common mission of demonstrating the presence and power of God to restore and maintain the well-being of our city. Building Hope in the City excels at linking volunteers to churches and communities to bring about mutually fulfilling events. Over the past several years their regular CitySERVE outreach has repeatedly brought together skilled and hard-working volunteers to complete much-needed projects at Bethlehem Church that would not otherwise have been be accomplished. As a church facing the challenges of serving Christ in an urban setting Bethlehem deeply appreciates and needs the support and service of organizations like Building Hope in the City, who exhibit the innovative commitment and enterprising initiative that brings hope and unity to the churches and people of our city. Our thanks to them and their faithful volunteers!

Claus M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with BHTC for the last several years as a volunteer for the Jobs Advantage program. I am very impressed with the leadership of BHTC and the goals of the organization. They make a strong impact in the community by the helping the people in many areas of their lives and at the same time demonstrate what Christainity is all about. I am proud to be affiliated with this ministryl

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Building Hope in the City for many years. I led a Saturday morning kids ministry program with them for four years. I've worked multiple CityServe events (a day long event where 500 people from the suburbs come into the city to do various service projects). I have served on numerous committees, participated in many of their programs, provided financial support and most recently joined their board to provide support in furthering the wonderful things that BHITC is doing in Cleveland & beyond. Building Hope continues to bless so many by its various efforts to truly build HOPE in the city. And I can honestly say that God has blessed me richly from my involvement with Building Hope in the City.

Julie45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Building Hope in the City is comprised of honest, good, passionate people looking to make a real difference in a variety of ways. I have volunteered tutoring refugees--helping with homework, like reading and math, and playing games that help build confidence and social skills. I also helped with City Serve--a day of spreading good deeds around the city, from building gardens and playgrounds to hosting an indoor festival. BHITC's creativity. reach and mission is truly limitless.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to work with Building Hope's leadership as the congregation I serve has looked for ways to support ministry in the W25th/Clark neighborhood. BHITC's expertise in strategizing for effective ministry with a variety of people groups is a big blessing for those of us with a "heart for the city." Many volunteers have had marvelous volunteer experiences at Iglesia Hispana Cristiana at 30th and Walton, because Building Hope helped us get involved in Kids Church about 7 years ago.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Building Hope in the city close to four years ago and was a regular volunteer with the organization's African Youth Ministry program for a little over a year. Due to life circumstances I had to scale back my volunteering but I continue to stay in close contact with some of the African refugee families that I met through volunteering. The relationships that I have developed with these families are priceless to me. I spend time at their homes, I go to their kids' soccer games and music concerts, and I try to help out however and whenever I can. Building Hope in the City introduced me to these families and I am forever grateful to them for that. Throughout my time volunteering with Building Hope, all the staff and volunteers that I encountered were passionate, welcoming, and serious about getting things done. This was a great organization to work with, and I continue to support the work they do. I would recommend this organization to anyone passionate about urban ministry and/or working with people from different cultures.

Ilona T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family became involved with Building Hope in the City four years ago when my son was invited to play in a band at an event site. Since then, we've been blessed to work alongside other believers on several different projects. We continue to be drawn to the diverse opportunities that this organization offers. I think some of the appeal comes from the huge variety of ways to connect with people outside our regular sphere of life. Also, it's an obviously Christian organization and makes no apology for working for Jesus. I've been given great opportunities to put my faith to work. Our family has gained much more than we have given!

Christa2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Building Hope in the City on several blitz type projects such as City Serve days as well as volunteering for a time with the African Youth program. Working with the refugee kids was an educational and growing experience. Learning about some of the experiences of these young people educated me on how difficult life is for a 21st century refugee. They also do a good job with the training of their volunteers for the various programs. BHITC is an outstanding asset to the City, and I think they really do bring and build hope.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a pastor in the same general neighborhood as Building Hope, and my wife & I have been able to share in a few planning sessions with their Executive Director, Pastor, and Tutoring Leaders. I have great respect for Building Hope, for the particular ministries that they do, and the great joy with which they do them. They are leaders in our community, setting a great example of diligent, patient faithfulness in quality, ever-evolving urban ministry.

Debra16

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the priviledge of serving with Building Hope In the City as a volunteer and as a Board member. Most people don't realize how unique Building Hope's vision is. This group is committed to seeing more churches that include those in poverty in their ministry. Many churches do outreach to the poor. Too few are committed to ministering, on an ongoing basis, with the poor. Ministry is built on relationships and the staff and volunteers of Building Hope work TIRELESSLY to create long-term relationships in the city that reflect God's love. I have never seen as group of people more committed to the future health of Cleveland and who know that the only way to turn Cleveland (and other cities) around is through God's redeeming grace. I want to put my support behind a group like this. Please join us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had many volunteer experiences with Building Hope in the City... every one of them has been fantastic. They are well prepared. The work is always for a good cause. They do a great job of mixing in the religious experience as well. The City Serve day of service projects is my personal favorite. My wife and I and our 3 kids (ages 11, 13, & 15) all participate and while we work hard, we feel like we get more than we give! Finally, the people that work for BHITC are incredible - so nice & helpful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Human Resources professional, I had the privilege of working with BHITC on their Jobs Advantage program. The class was geared for people who were out of work and looking to develop job skills. I had the opportunity to coach the participants on job searching techniques, interviewing skills, developing a resume, etc. I found that they were engaged and eager to learn and also very appreciative of the help. Overall, BHITC came off as very well organized group with a warm, friendly atmosphere. I would highly recommend working with them and would definitely volunteer again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with BHITC when I heard that one of their street ministry volunteers had given the socks off of his feet to a homeless person in need of socks. A few months later, I helped out at one of the street ministries. I was struck by the caring nature of the volunteers who always treat the homeless people with dignity and respect. Every interaction I've had with BHITC has been positive. I helped out with a tutoring program over the summer and learned so much from the immigrant children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer with Building Hope in the City for 3 years, in different capacities and for different levels of participation as time has allowed. From the start I was very impressed with their volunteer training programs. They offer a variety of different types and they offer them frequently. This organization goes out of its way to make sure the volunteers feel valued….can't say enough about that. Helping refugees and other inner city folks is a rewarding experience. There are so many ways to be involved with that. Strengthening people from the ground up and offering them the love of Christ is an awesome experience and very humbling.