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HOPE Helps, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To prevent and reduce homelessness in Central Florida by equipping individuals and families to become self-sufficient through Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Education.

Target demographics: To prevent and reduce homelessness in Central Florida

Geographic areas served: Seminole County

Programs: our Food Pantry, our Resource Center, the Kids of HOPE program, HOPE’s Emergency Network System and a Community Thrift Store.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization that helps so many - homeless, elderly, kids needing lunches when school is not in session. What a privilege to have HOPE In our community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome org that helps so many in need with homless prevention. Caring volunteer staff.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring org that gives a handup to those in need with choice food pantry and case mgmt to help families in crisis. Strong Stewardship skills ensuring that clients benefit are maximized.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first retired I wanted to find a way to give back to the community. Hope has been that experience. I enjoy volunteering weekly to feel that my hours may help others. The staff and volunteers are enjoyable and meeting clients is always rewarding.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit provides the daily necessities and give hope to so many people in need. They far exceed my expectations!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At Christmas I was able to participate in an event hosted by this organization and was amazed at how many people were touched by the program. I knew it was a well respected group but had not experienced anything first hand. I was really humbled by the work they do. Since then it has been exciting to see them achieve milestones that have moved them forward in our community! It is a privilege to know these folks.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clients love the fellowship and thoughtful solutions that raise them up from a crisis. Volunteers and donors appreciate a local place to give back and love their neighbors. Shoppers love the new thrift store.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

When you hear the word "HOPE" what comes to your mind? Family? Ambition? Goals? Well, what I've realized while working with this organization, is that HOPE is all in the same. I've been immeasurably astounded throughout my time working with this non-profit, and still continue to be swept away by their immense love and compassion for the community. To them, it's not the dollar that matters. It's what that dollar, that article of clothing, that donation, can do for a family in-need in our own town & that is what HOPEhelps.org is truly all about. Family. Compassion. Ambition. Goals.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I attended a recent Prayer Breakfast hosted by HOPE Helps and was touched by the stories shared by staff and clients. This community based charity fills gaps larger agencies are unable to address. But what is most impressive is their mission to lift families up out of poverty and provide them "Hope" to sustain independency and get back on track. Their programs target children through elderly and are delivered with such respect and care for their clients. I will continue to stay involved and promote HOPE Helps to others! Wonderful group and "hope" you will want to get involved too.

3 Marci G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as one of HOPE Helps "Sham Rock N' Run 5K" organizers, helped organize food drives, Back to School supply drives and Toys drives for their Christmas in the City event for 3 years now. My husband and I have also been a table sponsor for their Vision breakfast. I am happy to help this organization because of their mission. H.O.P.E. stands for Housing-Outreach-Prevention-Education. They do an amazing job at all four. HOPE Helps has helped 1000's in Seminole County.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HOPE Helps provides much needed help in Seminole County on a daily basis. Their Christmas in The City, Sham Rock n Run and Back to School Bash are 3 events I never miss. HOPE provides food, clothing and help for those who need it most.

1 Jacob G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experiences with Hope Helps has been fantastic. I volunteered at a charity 5K put on by hope helps and I really enjoyed myself and felt like I was really helping. The staff and volunteers alike put forth a lot of effort and hard work to make the ocassion successful and I enjoyed getting to know everyone involved with Hope Helps. I look forward to volunteering more in the near future!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope has been very helpful with all aspects of my needs. When I call I get a friendly voice and my needs met or an answer asap. People are always very caring. The Resource Center has gone above and beyond with me at Hope. I thank everyone there and am very thankful to have this place as a rock in the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Hope Helps for assistance with my rental deposit. They were very helpful and understanding of my situation. Hope Helps gave me assistance immediately. I am really grateful of their services.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has volunteered with HOPE since 2008. The leaders, staff and volunteers all dedicate their time to improve awareness, increase access and opportunities for those families in need in our local community. HOPE Helps was founded due to the lack of resources available for familes facing homelessness. Not only does HOPE provide the day to day needs with their food pantry it also hosts several events throughout the year. The Back to School Bash ensures children have the supplies they need to begin a new school year. The Christmas in the City event provides each family with a complete Christmas dinner, gifts for their children and many other supplies. The love and appreciation that goes into and comes out of this organization is amazing and we look forward to each opportunity we have to be a part of it.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to work with the HOPE staff planning fundraisers, client events and to
represent HOPE at many events in our community. HOPE provides a food pantry, a thrift store and many other services to around 300 families every week. This is a wonderful organization to represent. The staff is a warm, friendly and very professional group to work with and this environment has attracted many like-minded volunteers who just want to contribute their time and talents to this great effort. We are very excited about the future and continuing to offer those in need through HOPE.
Linda Cluxton

Review from Guidestar

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be associated with such a fine organization! HOPE Helps provides a variety of services to hundreds of individuals and families in our area, such as weekly groceries and assistance in finding employment. I can't think of a better place to volunteer your time that has such a profound impact in
our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My family and I volunteered for years at HOPE's various events. While I was impressed with everything that they do in the community, I am even more impressed now that I am on the board. Seeing how hard the employees work and the countless number of volunteer hours and self sacrifice by numerous people to help families in crisis is amazing.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of HOPE Helps' Board of Directors for several years and I am always impressed by how much HOPE is able to accomplish with so few resources. HOPE is indeed a beacon of hope to homeless and low income people throughout southern Seminole County and we are grateful to have such an organization in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I started shopping at HOPE I noticed how friendly and caring everyone was. I was looking for a place to volunteer at and it seemed like the perfect place. And it was. I love to volunteer at HOPE. They do such an incredible job helping people. I am always proud to say that I am a volunteer at HOPE!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HOPE Helps, Inc is such a wonderful non-profit organization who help families in crisis and prevent families from becoming homeless. They do help the homeless also with clothing, food and resources. HOPE works with many other organizations in our area to provide housing, outreach, prevention and education to so many families in need. They have hundreds of volunteers who dedicate many hours to helping on events, fundraisers, at the thrift store and food pantry. HOPE is an awesome organization!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a joy to have the opportunity to volunteer at HOPE. Back to School Bash and Christmas in the City are the best of the best. The stories told by clients are overwhelming and the majority are so very appreciative. The lunch program for Kids of Hope makes such a difference in families and they are quick to tell you when you are a part of it.