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.
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!