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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Together in Hope works with marginalized communities in El Salvador, the Philippines, and works in partnership with Irish organization Youth Release in Ethiopia. Our goal is to help these communities move with dignity towards sufficiency and abundance. Together in Hope’s goal is to empower the poor to improve their lives through relational partnering that is just and that honors their dignity.

Results: We spent a lot of time this year fundraising for our medical mission to El Salvador. This was the first medical mission ever to take place in this community. With only one doctor and one dentist, we were able to see and treat approximately 500 patients. Our Jessica's Table program has expanded to three new areas increasing the number of children benefiting from this program to 700 children. We are currently fundraising to purchase a piece of property in El Salvador to build a new school, medical clinic and community health center.

Target demographics: Marginalized squatter communities in the Philippines, El Salvador and Ethiopia.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 700 children

Geographic areas served: The Philippines, El Salvador, Ethiopia.

Programs: Jessica's Table- A feeding and educational support program serving over 700 children worldwide. Medical Programs-We bring medical teams from the United States throughout the year, to provide free health care to the communities we work in. Livelihood programs- Many livelihood programs are run throughout the year to help families provide an economic base for their families.

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71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

osulld27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My relationship with Together in Hope's sister organization Youth Release has been and continues to be one of the most rewarding experience's of my life. I spent a Summer in Ethiopia helping them with their work and I realised that, even in my short time there I had the opportunity to make a difference to their education and give them lasting memories of a happy childhood. While that Summer was a great experience, at the same time I know that my fundraising is being invested in the children's futures and the future generations of the community in Dire Dawa. What I love about the work that Youth Release does is that it is ongoing and they make such huge commitments to ensure that their work and investments benefit the children and the community on a long term basis. No one knows Dire Dawa as well as they do, their vision for the region is inspiring and they were brilliant in helping us with all aspects of the trip - preparation, fundraising, traveling, volunteering and maintaining lasting relationships. In the last year I have been traveling quite a bit but have felt that I can still keep track of everything that is going on through the emails I receive and the brilliant updates on the Together in Hope and Youth Release websites and newsletters. I can also continue to encourage family and friends to support Youth Release's efforts through the Christmas and Sponsor a Child campaigns. I'm proud to be a supporter of the Together in Hope nonprofit and it will always be a part of my life. From first hand experience I can say with confidence that the work that they do is tireless and very greatly needed and I will continue to support them in the future. DOS

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Together in Hope 08/01/2012

Dei, Thank you so much for this wonderful review, we are so excited about this partnership with such a great organization. THank you for your continued support and dedication!

ate becks

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The joy of serving the Lord inspired me to work as volunteer at Together in Hope, many years ago at has been my mothers' desire to serve the Lord and opened our home for all church workers; All assigned deaconess in our local church stayed with us and considered them as member of our family, i'm sure it also contributed that I too, together with my two (2) younger sisters become a deaconess too. We found a tremendous joy and happiness in serving the Lord. When our parents' went home to God's arms, we thought that the mission ended. One day, Together in Hope mission came. The Lord is so amazing that many lives were touched by the Word of God. Together in Hope, does not only focus on children's ministry, its mission is growing bigger and wider because of different activities like: Bible study classfor adult, Literacy program for children, livelihood program for parents and out of school youth and feeding program (physical and spiritual) for all ages. The said activities are done from Monday to Saturday. Serving the Lord has no end.
"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" - Joshua 24:15

To God be the Glory!

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Together in Hope 08/01/2012

Ate becks, Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication in Bicol, without this project wouldn't exist and we are so grateful for all you have done to make our work possible!

Lisa114

Donor

Rating: 5

youth release is an amazing charity. The founders Niamh and Laura are an absolute inspiration. The have taken on wht seemed like an impossible task and have made unbelievable progress in helping to change the lives of so many in Dire Dawa who otherwise, might not even be here today. I get goosebumps when I think of the girls and the extraordinary work they have done, they are an absolute inspiration and have made me so aware of what is happening in the Ethiopia. They are so young and have already done so much, I can't imagine what great things I will be saying about the, in another 20years, what they could achieve in that time is awesome! Youth Release deserve all the help they can get as they are a genuine charity improving the lives of so many. I hope to go to Dire Dawa and do what I can to help this fantstic charity.

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Together in Hope 07/30/2012

Lisa, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our sister organization Youth Release. We are so excited to work with such a great organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Youth Release since it's infancy and have watched it grow steadily over the last number of years. The work and commitment of the volunteers is amazing and awe inspiring. What started off as a tentative plan for a Youth Centre for the street children in Dire Dawa the dream has now been realised due to the dedication and resolve of its founders Niamh and Laura Power and to the many volunteers who have given their time and energy to this project. Youth Release has made a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of children in Ethiopia and with the support and backing of all of us will continue to do very valuable work and help those children less fortunate to lead a better life.

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Together in Hope 07/30/2012

Ann, Thank you so much for your great review of our sister organization Youth Release. We are honored to be part of something this wonderful and cannot wait to see its progress over the next number of years!

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Rating: 5

Great people. Amazing work. At The Spark Foundation we love Together in Hope!!

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Together in Hope 07/30/2012

We love the Spark Foundation! Thanks guys!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Together in Hope Foundation made me realized that I have 'time' when I thought I don't have the time.... "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called acording to His purpose." Romans 8:28
We went back to our home church, Bethany UMC, in 2007 after my father’s retirement from 50 years of glorious servanthood in God’s Kingdom. Around that time, the partnership between Bethany UMC and Together in Hope’s feeding ministry and Bible study class in Malis is so overwhelming with more than 300 children to feed physically and spiritually. My brother Nory and his wife, Abigail and my husband Jojo, together with Pastor Jordan and his family and a lot of other church members (except me!) are so heavily involved with the ministry; waking up as early as 4AM on Saturday mornings to go to the market, cook nutritious food for the children, and then go to Malis to teach the Bible and feed the children. I am only able to support occasionally due to my heavy workloads. It wasn’t until Pastor Jordan’s reassignment to a new church in June last year that God has called me to take over the supervision and management of the Malis Outreach Program and the Jessica’s table fund from Ate Malu. I was hesitant to accept the responsibility at first, because my job is too taxing and I am currently taking up advanced studies to further my craft – and I don’t think I have time for any more activities. I am glad I did (super thanks to Ate Malu’s powerful prayers!) because working with Pastor Diane and Together in Hope blessed me and my family by being part of the wonderful works of God in Malis.

Thank you so much Pastor D! It has been so wonderful and fulfilling to work with you. We may be serving God in another vineyard now, but it is our prayer that your ministry in Malis and throughout the Philippines will continue to expand for the glory of God.

May God bless you more so you may continue to be a blessing to others!

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Together in Hope 07/26/2012

Lei, Thank you so making time to volunteer with Together in Hope. We are so so grateful for all you and your family have given to the Jessica's Table program. We are very lucky to have you guys as part of our team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

it was a great experience for me to worked with TOGETHER in Hope during their Medical,Dental Mission in Upper Javier way back in 2011. As one of the school nurse of Harris Memorial College it was a great opportunity to me to be one of those volunteers who helped our brothers and sisters who are in need especially with their health. I am so happy that i am with those people that made realized the needy people that God's love is just around them. Thanks for the ministry of the Together in Hope.

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Together in Hope 07/26/2012

Thank you so much for volunteering with us and for making our medical/dental outreach possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” – James 5:17. I consider TOGETHER IN HOPE as a wonderful gift from God and an answer to my prayers when I was still in Bethany UMC. The Bethany UMC is blessed to be the first of the now 4 mission areas of TOGETHER IN HOPE in the Philippines and in other parts of the world. Pastor Diane first went to the Philippines in 2007 to help in the construction of the Christian Education multipurpose room. Since then, the partnership between Bethany UMC & the TOGETHER IN HOPE continues. It started from building construction now to feeding nutritious food & conducting Bible Class to around 300 children every Saturday in Malis, a community of people relocated from living beside the railroad. It has impacted the lives of the community, the children & their family because through Bethany UMC & TOGETHER IN HOPE, they know that loves them & cares for them physically & spiritually.

My family & I are so blessed even now that we are in our new appointment because the relationship with Pastor Diane remained. She considered us as her family here in the Philippines & that’s one of the most amazing things that God has done in our lives. They’d been here in the Philippines for 5 times now. More than the health & education TOGETHER IN HOPE is offering to many people through Pastor Diane, it’s the sense of family relationship that matters the most. More than highlighting the events & mission outreach & ministry conducted from health to education & livelihood & trainings & seminars, the life-changing love of God extended through TOGETHER IN HOPE that transformed the lives of people being served is the most noteworthy of all!

Thank you TOGETHER IN HOPE and Pastor Diane for making us a part of your family & ministry! We love you dearly!

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Together in Hope 07/25/2012

Pastor Jordan, Thank you for allowing us to be part of your community and part of your family! If it wasn't for you and Malu, our work in Bethany would not be possible. We are so grateful to you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last summer 2011, month of April i joined one of the outreach program of our school Harris Memorial College in partnership with Together in Hope. they conducted medical and dental mission, also health seminar, extension classes for the children, feeding and distribution of clothes and slippers for children in Upper Javier. i volunteered myself in teaching children particularly about being good steward of our health/body. after that class, together with the volunteers of Together in Hope we had our house to house visit distribute slippers and clothes for the needy children. through this project, many people were blessed and open their minds that they were not alone. that there are organizations like Together in Hope whose hands and heart is open to help them.

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Together in Hope 07/25/2012

Thank you so much for dedicating your time to volunteer with us, we are so grateful to have you as part of our team in Upper Javier!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Together in Hope co-sponsored the 2011 Medical Mission in Laguna and Rizal, Philippiness on April 5-8. I led the team of 3 Physicians, 1 Physician Assistant, 2 Registered Nurses & 1 Social Worker; all from Texas. The team partnered with local volunteers of Medical Doctors, Dentist, Nurses, Ministers, Deaconesses and Teachers. Approximately over 500 patients were evaluated and treated by the team during the 3 day mission. The team provided Medical and Dental Outpatient Clinics to all age groups from pediatric to senior populations. Patient presented with various ailments including common colds, diabetes, hypertension, asthma, thyroid disease, measles, chicken pox, gastritis, first degree burn, skin disorders and teen pregnancy. We also treated cases of intestinal parasites, tuberculosis and cholera because most patients live in an unsanitary conditions. Our local Dentist worked solely and tirelessly. He provided tooth exatractions to over 100 patients in one day. The team provided medicines for up to one month supply. Anyone needing follow up were referred to the local government clinics. Our medical supplies and pharmaceutical needs were provided generously by Together in Hope and other co-sponsors.
Our day started with short prayer remembering that the ultimate healing comes from God and we are mere vessels of His love through healing.
It was indeed an amazing experience for everyone in the team. Each came with the spirit of passion and compassion to serve others. Often we take our blessings for granted namely, food, clothes,water and the accessibility to medicines and doctors. Most of the patients we treated waited for months, years or to some even a lifetime to have access to doctors and medicines because they simply cannot afford. It is amazing how we can make a difference in at least one life to alleviate suffering and give hope. Personally, I feel priviledged to have the opportunity to put faith in action. Matthew 25:40 reminds us that what ever you did to the least of your bretheren you did it to the King of all men. God wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves.We give all the glory and honor to God for what He has done to the Philippines through the Medical/Dental Mission Team. Without God and your support and prayers, it is impossible to achieve this great outcome.

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Together in Hope 07/24/2012

Chat, Thank you for all your support.We are so happy to have you as part of our team.

PollyAnna777

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great People! Awesome projects.. Amazing concept and altogether WONDERFUL!

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Together in Hope 07/23/2012

Thank you so much Denise and thank you for all your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is both a joy and a privilege for me to be a volunteer in Together in Hope. I became a volunteer of this organization while we were in our previous church appointment in Bethany UMC when Ptr. Diane and the Bellaire UMC went to the Home Church of Ptr. Renato Santos in Bulacan, Philippines to help in building the Church's Multi-purpose Christian Education Room. Since then, the relationship & the ministry in the Philippines which started in Bulacan has grown & is now serving 4 communities in the country.
When I became a Pastor’s wife I thought that my ministry is just going to be to support my husband. Joining the Together in Hope team is a life-changing and spiritually transforming experience. It helped me realized that loving God would mean loving people.
We were all excited to wake up very early in the morning to go to the market to buy ingredients we need for cooking and preparing nutritious & delicious porridge for 300 children in Malis. We’re even more excited in teaching the children the transforming Words of the Bible & the Love of God that feeds them spiritually. Together in Hope is holistically reaching out to both the physical & spiritual needs of the children & also their parents. I was so happy leading the cell group or life group of the mothers of those children.
We are in our new Church appointment but still so much involved in educating, training & equipping the women through the G12 Vision: to Win the Lost & Make them Disciples; Purpose of Loving God & Loving People and the Goal of Making Every Believer a Leader of leaders. I will always carry in me the very thing I learned from Together in Hope: Being Passionate with/for God and Compassionate in reaching people for Him. All for the Glory of God

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Together in Hope 07/24/2012

Malu, Thank you for all you have done and for allowing us to be part of your wonderful community. We love you guys and are so proud to work with you.

Client Served

Rating: 4

With the support of Together in Hope- the out of school youth, and adults have the opportunity to enjoy free education through the Alternative Learning System in Sitio Upper Javier, Brgy. San Juan, Taytay Rizal Philippines. Through education they will increase their knowledge and skills on how to stay healthy. The Instructional Manager provides them modules about health and wellness. Example of the topics are: “My health, My Responsibility; Common Diseases; Knowing the Symptoms and How to prevent it. (Eduard - ALS Instructional Manager).

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Together in Hope 07/24/2012

Eduard, Thank you for all your hard work, if it wasn't for local volunteers like you,our work would not be possible. We are so thankful to you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through the help of TOGETHER IN HOPE, they have given opportunity to children of Upper Javier, Brgy. San Juan, Taytay, Rizal, Philippines to enter into a formal preschool. The children together with their parents come to school 1 hour before the class to clean up the classroom. Parents are getting more conscious of observing and maintaining personal hygiene and good grooming through their preschool children who always remind them to cut their nails, bathe them, and assist in brushing their teeth. That is what parents are telling me. (Olive- Pre-school Teacher).

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Together in Hope 07/24/2012

Olive, Thank you so much for everything you do! Thank you for volunteering your time and for making our work possible!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through the Together in Hope project under the leadership of Rev. Diane, Harris Memorial College was able to reach out to pre-school children, community youth and women in Taytay, Rizal, Philippines. The community based-pre -school program serves the poorest of the poor children where feeding program is incorporated. In this way, children are provided nutritious food to help arrest malnutrition and mitigate hunger experienced by these children. In addition, personal hygiene is also being taught among pre school children. Through the sewing project initiated by Together in Hope in partnership with Harris Memorial College, community women earn their keep inside their homes giving women more time to earn and to take care of their small children. As a result, children's health and safety inside their homes are attended to. Through the medical and dental mission organized and participated by the Together in Hope medical team and volunteers in 2011, 250-300 medical patients and 120 dental patients were served. Simultaneously, seminars on preventive health care, first aid, and maternal and child care were conducted with Harris nurses and students as resource persons. Through these initiatives, Harris was able to revive and energize the health committee in the community level. We praise and thank God for what the Together in Hope is doing for the people of God among the urban poor communities in the Philippines.

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Together in Hope 07/24/2012

Ange, We are so grateful to work with you at the local level and cannot thank you enough for everything you do and for inviting us into your community. We love you guys!

Advisor

Rating: 5

With an outstanding staff and group of volunteers both in the States and in El Salvador, Together in Hope has provided medical/dental teams to poor communities in El Salvador to provide medical and dental care as well as preventative health and hygiene classes. The organization is working closely with the Rosa Blanca School whose student population numbers around 300 to purchase the land on which will be built a health clinic, and new school, and community center. Best group I have worked with in 17 years of guiding international work teams.

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Together in Hope 07/19/2012

Thank you so much, we are extremely lucky to have you as part of our team. Thank you for all your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Together In Hope through Diane McGehee. Diane was Associate Pastor of our church. She is a very caring person with great leadership skills who truly wants to help others in need whether it is through building a school for their education, teaching them job skills, providing them medical care or simply bringing them closer to Christ. While I have not yet been on a mission trip with her, I hope to go in 2013. Nonetheless, I have talked to others who have been on a Together In Hope mission trip and clearly the work they do is a wonderful experience knowing how they are helping others less fortunate.

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Together in Hope 07/16/2012

Thank you so much, We would love to have you volunteer on one of our trips. Thank you so much for all your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a great opportunity becoming a Together in Hope Volunteer for over 5 years now. I have joined 4 mission trips to the Philippines. The first time was in Dec 2008 where we took at least 21 youth and worked in an impoverished "slum" community called Malis. It was a transforming experience for everyone as we helped in the "Feeding Program" and provided education including proper hygiene and nutrition. Then I went back with an Advance Mission Team in 2010 to conduct an assessment of 4 communities with the goal of expanding the projects and conduct a national conference to recruit/train local partners. These were all materialized, when we took 3 mission teams including medical/dental team and held a national conference in April 2011 and launched the program to 3 additional communities. The projects has expanded from feeding/health & nutrition program to livelihood and early literacy/pre-school programs. Then I joined the return trip to with the team for Bicol community in April 2012 in w/c I was assigned to facilitate and conduct follow-up on the progress. And it's amazing how the projects has grown and have helped many families in the commmunities we serve. It's a real transformation of lives not only to the people we serve but for us volunteers and partners of Together in Hope.

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Together in Hope 07/16/2012

Nida, If it wasn't for you, none of this would be possible, we are so lucky to have you as part of our team. Through your work, we have been able to achieve so much and we are so grateful to you.

Sharon39

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Rating: 5

Together In Hope is the answer to a prayer world wide. The programs change generations at a time. Not only are folks fed, but they are taught how to feed themselves. Volunteers work along side local leaders to reach those who have fallen through the cracks and who would have no opportunity for an education or to obtain job skills. The medical teams provide care that would be unattainable for countless people. Having made two trips to the Philippines - it was heartwarming to see how much better the children were doing this year over last, and I look forward to seeing the improvement continue next year.

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Together in Hope 07/16/2012

Sharon, You are such a great asset to the Philippines team, and we are so grateful to have you on board!

Jonathan10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Together in Hope and experienced the organizations growth and impact in the world since its beginnings. During my first hand experience working and living in Ethiopia with their sister organization Youth Release, I was fortunate enough to help make an amazing impact on the lives of the local children that these people help every single day. In their hard work throughout Africa, the Philippines and El Salvador, the dedicated people who work for Together in Hope make the possibility of a brighter future a reality for every person who they come into contact with. Not only does their work around the globe significantly impact the lives of those they serve, but their continuous work also promotes awareness here at home along with providing life changing opportunities for people to share their lives with amazing cultures and peoples outside of their everyday experiences. The world is a much better place because of people like those at Together in Hope and with their help many people around the world will continue to have a chance at a brighter tomorrow.

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Together in Hope 07/16/2012

Jonathan, You have been part of our team since the get go and have always supported us in our work. Thank you for all you have done!