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Moments Of Hope Outreach

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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.

Results: Moments of Hope Outreach operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry which began serving those experiencing homelessness in the Richmond north-side and Henrico County area in 2015. To date, we've helped 23 of our homeless friends become housed. Since November 2017, we’ve served over 1,300 men, women and children. We served 3,639 meals in 2016, and 6,469 in 2017. We’re tracking more than 9,000 meals served in 2018. 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 300 men, women and children so far.

Target demographics: our homeless and underserved neighbors.

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

Programs: Our Mo Hope Pantry and our weekly Saturday Servings events offering a hot meal, a day's supply of food, a week's supply of toiletries, health screenings, fellowship, and prayer. We also help them connect with healthcare, housing, and benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP, FAMIS, and WIC.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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/

Previous Stories
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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!!

1 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.

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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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

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.

3 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.

3 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.

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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 Lynn Petty P.

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.

2

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.