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.
I have been a volunteer for Building Hope in the City for many years. I led a Saturday morning kids ministry program with them for four years. I've worked multiple CityServe events (a day long event where 500 people from the suburbs come into the city to do various service projects). I have served on numerous committees, participated in many of their programs, provided financial support and most recently joined their board to provide support in furthering the wonderful things that BHITC is doing in Cleveland & beyond. Building Hope continues to bless so many by its various efforts to truly build HOPE in the city. And I can honestly say that God has blessed me richly from my involvement with Building Hope in the City.
I've had the priviledge of serving with Building Hope In the City as a volunteer and as a Board member. Most people don't realize how unique Building Hope's vision is. This group is committed to seeing more churches that include those in poverty in their ministry. Many churches do outreach to the poor. Too few are committed to ministering, on an ongoing basis, with the poor. Ministry is built on relationships and the staff and volunteers of Building Hope work TIRELESSLY to create long-term relationships in the city that reflect God's love. I have never seen as group of people more committed to the future health of Cleveland and who know that the only way to turn Cleveland (and other cities) around is through God's redeeming grace. I want to put my support behind a group like this. Please join us.