Hope Cares

If you insist on measuring yourself,
place the tape around your heart rather than your head.
~Carol Trabelle, author

We encourage members of the HOPE community to be part of a service experience. Whether serving locally in your community or globally in another country, we feel called to use our gifts, talents, and time to impact people both near and far with the love of Christ!

Contact Erica DePalma  to find out how you can connect and serve!

 
 

HOPE’s Food Pantry – #WeServe

Did You Know?

Almost one million people in the Delaware Valley live in poverty and experience hunger every day, many of them children. HOPE Church currently helps 45 local families (that’s nearly 180 people) put some much-needed food on their tables each week.

Many of these folks are struggling with unemployment or underemployment. Some are senior citizens and others have challenging disabilities. All have need.

Committed to the core values of treating all people visiting the pantry with dignity, courtesy and respect, HOPE’s Food Pantry volunteers meet and greet guests each week at the counter of the Soul Cafe located in the lobby of the church.

A healthy portion of encouraging words and love are dispensed along with the groceries. Sometimes help is given by pointing an individual to other available resources and programs. Recently, a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer was able to share her story with a volunteer who had experienced the same challenge.

Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the county or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different. “Some guests tell us they feel a sense of shame,” a pantry volunteer said, “The truth of the matter is that this could happen to any one of us.”

Here’s a list of food items regularly distributed if you are so led to give:

  • Juice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Cereal
  • Tuna
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Fresh Produce
  • Gently Used Shopping Bags
  • Paper Products
  • Cleaning Supplies

Gift Cards, Checks and Cash are also gratefully accepted.
 

Meals from the Heart

Meals from the Heart can provide meals to individuals who are experiencing challenging life circumstances such as a surgery, illness, bereavement or the birth of a new baby. Want to help? Why not sign up to make and or deliver meals to those in need. Schedules are very flexible.

If you belong to a small group and are looking for ways to connect and help others, consider volunteering for this ministry. Contact HOPE Cares coordinator, Erica DePalma.
 

College Kids & Military Personnel

HOPE Cares collects the mailing addresses and birth dates of college-bound students so they can receive cards and notes of encouragement throughout the school year. This reminds them that their faith community is holding them in prayer.

HOPE Cares also sends letters, cards and notes of support to those serving in our armed forces.

Please contact HOPE Cares Coordinator, Erica DePalma for more information about adding a student or military person’s name to the lists, or to volunteer for this important ministry.

Resources & Information

HOPE Cares has access and information to a number of essential human service organizations that can help people who are in crisis.

  • The Centers for Family Services is a nonprofit human service agency dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in southern New Jersey.
  • NJHousing.com helps with various housing issues.
  • For rental assistance, click here.

Please contact HOPE Cares coordinator, Erica DePalma for more information and help.

 

Hospital Visitation Team

A HOPE Hospital Visitation Team is currently being developed  Look for details soon! Contact HOPE Cares coordinator, Erica DePalma.