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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: The mission of Moments of Hope Outreach is to give Hope to neighbors experiencing homelessness and those living in poverty in the Richmond area, by providing weekly healthy meals, life-sustaining supplies, health screenings, and connecting them with local, state, and federal health, housing and employment resources. We provide a safe organized environment for charitable groups and families to give back to their community in ways that are impactful for everyone involved.

Results: Moments of Hope Outreach operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit outreach ministry which began serving those experiencing homelessness in the Richmond north-side and Henrico County area in 2015. To date, we've helped 52 of our homeless friends become housed. Since November 2017, we’ve served over 3,800 men, women and children. We served 3,639 meals in 2016, 6,469 meals in 2017, 11,565 meals in 2018, 10,739 meals in 2019, and 6,238 so far in 2020. On January 2nd of 2018, we opened the Mo Hope Pantry to provide central Hanover County and southern Caroline County residents food, toiletries, and assistance applying for benefits & services, and have served over 1,200 men, women and children so far. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have modified many aspects of our operations to ensure the safety of our amazing volunteers and those whom we serve; many of whom have weakened immune systems. Our Mo Hope Pantry has scaled back from five days to just Saturdays, and yet we're serving more people between 8am and 11:30am than we previously served over five days. At our weekly Saturday Servings events we have had to pause our health screenings and clothing distribution, and are Meal Ministry and Mobile Pantry have become a "walk-thru" without tables to eat at, in an effort to ensure social distancing. We look forward to resuming normal operations as soon as possible. With our increase to three days worth of food per individual, we're now distributing over 6,000 cans of food each Saturday between our Mo Hope Pantry and Saturday Servings events!

Target demographics: our homeless and underserved neighbors.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,197 men, women and children

Geographic areas served: Hanover, Henrico, and Caroline counties, and the City of Richmond

Programs: Our Mo Hope Pantry which provides three day's supply of food, a week's supply of toiletries to roughly 200 neighbors on Saturdays, and our Saturday Servings events offering a hot meal, three day's supply of food, a week's supply of toiletries, health screenings, bike repairs, fellowship, and prayer to roughly 250 neighbors. We also help them connect with healthcare, housing, and benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP, FAMIS, and WIC. Our Emergency Shelter Program provides emergency stays in motels during inclement weather. Dignity Stays provides a night or two in a motel for neighbors living outside who haven't been able to bathe for extended periods. Our Room in The Inn provides a motel rooms for Christmas Eve and Christmas Night because no one should spend those days and nights outside.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Moments of Hope for a little over a year. They go above and beyond to help our homeless & struggling neighbors in many ways. 2020 brought struggles - but they found a way to adhere to strict guidelines & still help and serve. Whether it be help with food, shelter, connecting them to resources, or to pray with/over them. The staff and volunteers show daily their compassion & their commitment. Looking forward to their vision of creating sustainable permanent homes for many of our guests/friends

1 Marsha R.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Moments of Hope for several years. It’s an amazing organization that helps low income households and the homeLESS. Even through this pandemic, they have been able to continue their mission of providing food through their drive-thru pantry and Saturday Servings!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Moments of Hope Outreach is an amazing organization that is always trying to help people with many types of needs. This non-profit has given many of us to help people and get to know their stories. We should be glad we can help because that's God answering someone else's prayers through us. Come to the Pantry or Saturday Servings and see the love that is being spread!

1 Diane Clingman G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our church has been working with Moments of Hope for a couple of years. Their program reaches so many people in need and provide services and assistance for temporary and permanent housing as well as help with medical issues and so many other areas. They work with people in Richmond and several counties. Future plans for tiny home village will provide even more support!

1 Rachel Scott W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a minister of a church in an area Moments of Hope served, I saw first-hand the love, the attention, the resources that went directly to those in need. It was always a joy to work with them and to talk with people whose lives were being transformed through their ministry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Moments of Hope for a little over a year and love this ministry. Through all kinds of weather, weekly meals are lovingly served to hundreds of homeless, hungry people. My work in the food pantry is a blessing. Sorting food, unloading trucks and donations for the clients who visit the pantry is so rewarding. Betty Jo and Bob are amazing as they find ways to help the hundreds of people in our area who are hungry and many who are homeless. Covid has changed my ability to greet clients as Bob protects his over 60 yr olds. But MoHope continues to provide food and shelter to those in need. God bless MoHope

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Donor

Rating: 5

Moments of Hope is my favorite non profit as they go to where the homeless are and walk with them through their journey. Bob, the founder of MOH works with people who are homeless and gets to know them and helps each one out of their nightmare. He knows them by name and patiently works with each one. MOH also has a good pantry for anyone who is in need. They have dinners every Saturday for those in the community who need it. They partner with people in the community to cook and bring the meals, with nurses to provide needed healthcare and someone is there to fix bikes. MOH is also working to start a community of tiny homes with a village concept. It is an excellent organization which has had a huge positive impact on Richmond, Hanover and the surrounding communities.

1 Lynn Petty P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and supporter of Moments of Hope for five years. Bob Hummer and his team not only provideneeded food, toiletries, bike repair, health checks, emergency motel stays, sleeping bags/tents, and prayer for our struggling neighbors, but more importantly, they help our homeless neighbors find real solutions for their homeless nightmare. I have never known a more caring and generous group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the two years that I have served with Moments of Hope Outreach, I have been so impressed with the effectiveness of this ministry in making a difference in the lives of so many homeless and struggling folks. Bob Hummer not only feels compassion for these desperate individuals and families, but he also finds solutions for the cause of their difficulties. Sometimes that means providing motel rooms on cold weather, locating necessary documents for job applications, or transporting those who seriously ill to the ER. No matter the weather, Bob makes sure that, through the efforts of local churches and businesses, 250+ people have a hot meal, bag of groceries, and caring Christian friends to pray for their needs. The ministry is expanding, adding Saturday breakfast as well as lunch, the food pantry to provide for another needy neighborhood, and a vision for a Moments of Hope Village with real, affordable housing. I can’t say enough good things about the work of Moments of Hope Oureach.

1 Lori Kay Tucker B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Moments of Hope not only cares for people with money/food/material needs but really walks along side of the people they help.

1 Leellen S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome charity organization. Our church helps out and my daughter has volunteered with them. They truly help the community and serve a number of people and families. Doing God’s work while serving and looking out for others in the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bob and Betty Jo and all the volunteers work tirelessly to serve the community! You can see donated funds going straight to stocking the pantry shelves and housing the homeless. They know the homeless community personally and can approach these folks and therefore help them in a way most people cannot. They are doing God’s work for sure and are a tremendous blessing to all who know them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am the caregiver of a young lady to whom has down syndrome. We are part of a group that packs food to be delivered to the different food banks within the cou ty. She loves delivering and putting up the bags of food that we pack at the food pantry. The volu tears who give so much time to make sure that everyone gets what they needed are amazing. We look forward to being able to volunteer at Moments of Hope weekly when it is safe to do so.

1 Sarah F.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended a Moments of Hope meal event as a volunteer, and I can attest to the wonderful work that they do. I brought a group of children and teenagers to assist with volunteering, and in addition to serving the guests we also held hands with them in prayer circles.

1 Elizabeth F.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mo’ Hope is truly a nonprofit that helps others without lining their own pockets. The resources go to help those in need for food, shelter, hygiene products, etc. Homelessness is increasing and will continue to increase. This organization brings community together and offers all they have to help others. Please support this organization in any way you can- donations, volunteering or prayers. No judgement, only love.

1 Lori Raikes M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first found MoHope, I was so excited to get involved. I attended one of the Saturday Servings. Just being able to sit down and share a meal with the homeless community, gave me the chance to Love the Least of These in RVA. Bob Hummer and his staff shared the love of Jesus with all in attendance. Since then, I have enjoyed sitting at the prayer table to pray for those that come to be feed, both by food and love. God tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. I'm so thankful, through Moments of Hope, I get to do that.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've seen lives changed through the actions of MoHope. The organization cares, truly cares about its guests. Whether its feeding the body or the soul of the guest, the volunteers listen with love to best determine how to best address each need. Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes the response is that it's not now. But always it's with love.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My church has worked with MoHope for a number of years now in various ways.
We've received training to work in their food pantry and helped to make up packages that they give out to the homeless community in Hanover Virginia. Also we have hosted their Saturday morning community breakfast off of 301. We love serving and I consistently give donations to this organization because I believe in the work they are doing.

1 jonny19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Moments of Hope. The name says it all. Creating Moments of Hope for our guests makes the days worthwhile.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for MoHope, I spend a lot of time figuring ways to do more. What started as a one time shot, now involves my brothers, my mom, my stepdad, my son, my grandson, my sister, and her son. Nephews, nieces, cousins all show up to serve. I have been privilidged to work with Bob. By providing needed services in our community, this Outreach blesses many. There have been many prayers asking God to cover what has been needed for serving. God has always seem to the need at the right time.
My grandson works with Bill, the bike man, and has learned how to repair small problems. He has developed the ability to have a conversation with anyone. He has learned that men cry. He has learned to hold the hand of someone and listen. For these things, I am grateful.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the first time 3 years ago. I was hooked from day one. Helping our community with a hot meal, a prayer, and a big hug was the simplest thing in the world . I didn't know then that there would be a group serving 200+ a week, a food pantry serving a 200+ families a week, or that the procurement of food would be my job. I am continually amazed at the God moments as he continually provides for our guests, our volunteers, and our outreach. Wonderful organization to volunteer with and for.

2 Cathy Beazley F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Moments of Hope about a year ago when I felt led to volunteer. It has been a true blessing to work with the other volunteers and to get know all of the clients that we are helping. It is amazing the work that this group does for our community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Moments of Hope Outreach is doing wonderful things in the Richmond, VA area! They have made it their mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus, for ALL. The homeless are loved, respected, helped, fed and offered HOPE by this organization. I am in constant awe of the God moments and the way God shows up for each need they hear of. My family and I have had the privilege to make donations and to serve in their food pantry and their outdoor Saturday servings event. Each time I am amazed at the tremendous amount of work Moments of Hope does to help each person who needs it. This organization is always in need of extra hands, extra resources, and extra funds. If you can help, please do, and you too will get to experience the love of God in the process. Thank you Moments of Hope for all that you do!

1 Carol Heller

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Moments of Hope,Bob Hummer and countless volunteers unite with the hungry, the needy, the homeless. There is food provided, in meals on site, in groceries to carry away. There is clothing given, and sleeping bags provided. Blood pressure and glucose checks by a nurse are offered at our Ask the Nurse table staffed by professional nurses. I have seen a doctor here volunteering one week.There are people to talk to, people with whom to pray. There is fellowship..on a level of total love,acceptance, & caring.
We want to know your name,follow-up,learn the need. There are folks who help with forms, relay about resources available for apartments,help with applications,
sometimes relay info about jobs, and who provide temporary motel rooms. There are Bible studies, Bibles given out, Christian literature shared, bikes repaired and given away. The list is mind boggling and it grows and grows. We pray in circles. We talk. We share. We care. Love is here. You feel it. You see it.
There is no "volunteer" and "needy" mentality here..We realize that children of God help Each Other.
We pray WITH and FOR each other.
I came to volunteer with MOH, to experience a homeless man who prayed for ME and for one of my adult children who has brain cancer.
Another homeless man carved a cross from bamboo growing in his "camp"...which he put in a leather cord and presented to me for "all the times you have prayed with me."
No human being ever gave me a more touching gift.
"God moments" Bob Hummer named them. We call them that too,and we have seen a lot of God Moments.
This is not a group of homeless and helpers. God is here with us.
We are very aware of these miracles every gathering.
This is a very, very special ministry. Come join us...to touch hearts, to have your heart touched..to share Jesus..
....and to discover
His Love
right here in our midst.

We share Jesus
because we know
WITH HIM
and Him Alone..
Every Moment..
..For All ETERNITY
is a...
MOMENT OF HOPE.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with Moments of Hope about a year ago. I went with the expectations of helping those less fortunate. What I didn't expect is how much the guests who come to the pantry each week would help me. As the guests select their pantry items each week, many comment that they only need a few things so that other guests will have enough. Many share how thankful they are for such small things that we take for granted each day such as a full sized box of cereal or fresh fruits and vegetables. These experiences help me to appreciate the little things life has to offer that I would have taken for granted before becoming involved with this organization. Moments of Hope is a beacon of light for the guests that are served as well as for the volunteers that help keep it up and running. The dedication of the pantry leaders is second to none and every decision is always made with the people who are being served in mind. I am blessed to be a part of Moments of Hope.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in search of a place to serve God and our community, and was led to Moments of Hope Outreach. What I saw and experienced at that first Saturday meal serving was amazing. In a short period of time, Moments of Hope’s vision has become mine and I am blessed to be a part of it & it has become a part of “me”. They provide meals, pantry & toiletry items, sleeping bags, and tents. They assist with health screenings, jobs, insurance, and finding homes. The list goes on and on. Whatever the need, they find a way to help. Most of all, they provide love, friendship, and hope to those experiencing homelessness and those living in poverty. A goal they’re working towards that I am really excited about is MoHope Village. This will be a tiny home community to house the homeless and give them a “hand up.” They will have a home, friends/neighbors, and a job – something many of these people currently can only dream about. The number of people Moments of Hope Outreach serves keeps growing and growing. All of this, of course, is provided by the generosity of others. I am thankful for every person that volunteers their time and those who donate to help provide services, and I know Moments of Hope Outreach is as well.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Moments of Hope Outreach is a wonderful organization! I have volunteered personally at Saturday Servings and donated money, food, sleeping bags, and other requested items. I have also helped my preschool organize both toiletry and food drives to benefit MOHO. Every contact with Bob and his helpers has been positive and heart-warming. I am in awe of how many lives they impact (and improve) on a regular basis!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Moments of Hope since they opened the pantry. They have helped so many people in so many ways and always put others first. I enjoy volunteering there and find all of my time there rewarding. I also donate as well. If you are looking for a community service project or hours you won’t be sorry after spending any amount of time there. Everyone is so welcoming and very helpful. The volunteers I work with are like being part of a little family. xoxo

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Nurse Barbara and I joined MoHope four years ago. I was impressed with the genuine love for people in all walks of life and the willingness to take that extra effort to provide for life's basic needs- food, toiletries , clothes, shelter, shoes and socks!-as well as health screenings to detect those under no treatment for high blood pressure, diabetes, open wounds, mental and dental issues. Some just needs hugs and encouragement and prayer. Some need IDs and help getting insurance or treatment options. Some need a sleeping bag, waterproof mat, tent to call home. They all need a whole lot of love of Jesus and we teach and witness to their spiritual needs. I have no regrets sacrificing my Saturday's and donating all my nursing/testing supplies, but the Ministry depends on the generosity of those who wants to provide for "the least of these."

2 Sandra Premaza H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just wanted to share another review that was recently showcased on our local news. What a great Pantry manager we have!
http://www.nbc12.com/news/acts-of-kindness/

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to help serve in December and get a true feeling of outreach at it's best. I had been praying to God to show me a path to go and serve him and the 2 to 3 hours on that cold Saturday was the door. Seeing the guests talking and receiving the blessing of praying with them awakened my soul to the beginning of God's plan.
After walking through the Pantry doors on January 2nd, my life began a new direction. Giving back to my community is so important to me and the MoHope Pantry placed in our backyard provides a much needed service not only to the Courthouse area but surrounding Counties of Caroline & King William. Working with Bob as a volunteer coordinator has certainly opened my eyes and heart to share his dream and hopefully make an impact to realize his visions.
I cannot thank the many volunteers for sharing this vision and thank them for their countless hours to continue the Moments of Hope mission.
Without the volunteers we wouldn't be able to continue serving. Without donors, we wouldn't be able to keep the doors open and lights on.
I would encourage anyone who can and will open their hearts, add us to your tithes.
God bless!!

3 lisa.m.slaughter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Let me start by saying Moments of Hope Outreach is a beacon of light in the darkness of homelessness in the greater Richmond, VA area.
In August 2017 I was blessed to learn about MO Hope through a friend on social media. She told me about their mission and invited me to come out to volunteer (thank you Kim). I had no idea what I was in for. I showed up and became immediately hooked. Hooked on the feeling you get by giving back to your community, by praying with struggling friends and by the sheer selflessness of the organizers and volunteers day in and day out. It's one thing to hear about homelessness but another to watch your new friend walk back to their tent in the woods in the pouring rain. It's devastating to witness so to be apart of possibly the only moment of hope that person might have all week is truly fulfilling.
After months of watching the impact that Mo Hope has on the lives of our struggling friends I felt compelled to do more. So by the end of the year my company became a proud monthly sponsor.
The food pantry that opened in January 2018 is just the beginning of the vision of this organization. Their goals are truly inspiring.
The way this outreach treats their guests like family is so heartwarming. We, the volunteers, see alot of the same faces each week. We learn their names. Their story. Their hardships. We help in any way we are able. Whether it's food, shelter, applying for gov't assistance or even checking your blood pressure. We want each person who has an experience with MO hope to walk away infused with more faith. This ministry is blessed with incredible people. I have felt accepted since day one. We are a family. I am so lucky that God led me to them.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful and amazing ministry giving hope to those in need! Blessed to be involved! Doing God's work!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Moments of Hope about 6 months ago. I fell in love with their mission to serve the homeless and struggling. But I think what struck me most is that they treat their clients with such respect. They call them Guest which sends such a welcoming message. They not only supply basic needs like food and toiletries but they also have a volunteer nurse and sometimes haircuts. These things build self esteem and self respect. They also give their clients lots of HOPE! Hope that their lives will get better and that they are loved and supported by Moments of Hope and their volunteers.

4 Tobie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Moments of Hope through a co worker a few months ago. Since then we’ve provided toiletries for a Saturday servings, collected bags and made plarn for mats, and served at 2 different Saturday servings and plan to continue a partnership with Moments of Hope because we see what an amazing thing Bob and his team are doing for the community.

4 Veronica B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

October 2017..... what began on a random Saturday, volunteering with this Outreach for the first time as a service project for my daughters Jr Beta Club has turned in to a blessing for my family. My children (13 and 16yr olds) and I planned on doing once a month. But after day 1..... we were hooked. The volunteers and the friends we serve are family to us. We have met so many people and on the rare occasion we miss a Saturday serving, we miss it greatly.
As a parent, watching my children have conversations, and watching them step out of their comfort zones has been wonderful to see. I too have been forced to step out of my comfort zone. For the last several months I have been checking our friends in as they arrive....that’s a whole lot of hellos and conversations every week..... and I’m blessed that I get to say hi to each of them. I couldn’t begin to guess how many hugs I’ve received in the 8 months of volunteering..... and truly look forward to every Saturday.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bean


The name of this ministry tells it all. They give moments of hope by reaching out to the “least of these” by giving a hand up instead of a handout. Their Saturday Servings include weekly hot meals, mobile food pantry, bicycle repairs, clothes, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, bible study, prayer, hugs, encouraging words, listening ears and unlimited compassion. The goal of this ministry is to get people off the street and into affordable housing, empower people and not enable people and help them land on their feet. Their services also include helping with VA benefits,getting SNAP benefits, social security cards, birth certificates and licenses. These are needed for job searches. A food pantry opened in January of 2018 and continues to grow weekly meeting the needs of many families. Also at the food pantry are computers where people can look for jobs.
This ministry relies completely on donations from the community to continue providing for the needs to be met. If you want to experience true joy by giving of your time or money donations, then this is the ministry for you! Your heart will be forever changed as you look at the hearts of our Mo Hope friends. And our Mo Hope friends will bless you beyond measure. It is a win win situation for the volunteers and Mo Hope friends. Ask me because I know firsthand since I have been volunteering here for the last 7 months.
PLEASE DONATE!!!!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving and providing services tremendously to homeless and about to be homeless in ways others can not and will not offer in the Richmond and surrounding counties. No words can express what they do

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Tyrone Saunders and I'm a former vet. From the very first day I met Pastor Bob and the Moments of hope Outreach organization, they have been a true blessing for me. For the first 2 years in meeting them, i wasn't able to get out my car due to my injury I sustained in Iraq. Moments of Hope came to me every Saturday and made sure I had everything I needed to feed not only myself but made sure I had enough food and supplies for a few other vets that are bed ridden that live in my building. Pastor Bob and the wonderful volunteers would pack my car, prayed of me, and made sure we were well stocked, and always had a warm welcoming hug and smile on their faces. Whatever the weather may have been, we can always count on Moments of Hope Outreach to come through and not only bring physical food but more importantly Spiritual food as well. From hot lunches, to can goods, to clothes, to medical needs, "MO HOPE" always made you feel like you were a person whatever your need was. Moments of Hope Outreach is our silver lining in our dark cloud of life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My Husband and I are having hard times.Some days are better than others.But since we met Moments of Hope Outreach our days are a lot better.MOHO even married us\u263A!!! They Are WONDERFUl Thank God For them!!!!!! They are a Great Family to be apart of. Thank God

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been helping with Moments of Hope for about two years now. Moments of Hope is a great organization to be apart of. In the time that I have been apart of MOHO, I have seen lives transformed....even my own life. I have seen people who have gone from living in tents in the woods to finding affordable housing. I have watched as people who have no hope, who have been thrown away by society, find hope in each of volunteers that come out for our weekly, “Saturday Servings”. I have seen complete strangers grab hands with one another and join together in prayer for each other. I have witnessed volunteers being the hands and feet of Christ and I have seen their lives changed too. I personally have enjoyed every moment spent with this exceptional organization.