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SERVING HOMELESS CHILDREN AND THOSE IN NEED THROUGH THE LOVE OF A CARING COMMUNITY!
OUR MISSION: WE ENSURE THAT ALL CHILDREN WHO ARE HOMELESS AND IN NEED ARE PREPARED FOR SCHOOL BY INITIATING DAYS 4 HOPE AND COACHING FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
In the spring of 2009 when our economy was appearing sluggish at best, Pam and her husband, Mark recognized that there was going to be a change of lifestyle. Being self-employed in their family business they were beginning to feel the effect of the changing economy. At the same time Pam shares that God laid on her heart that despite the struggles she is to remember her heartbeat for the homeless and as it was getting harder for her and Mark to provide for their three children, how were the Moms and Dads in the homeless community providing for their children??
That began a passion in Pam that lives out today. Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
We, at Hope 4 Communities, want to raise awareness of the shocking number of “homeless and needy” children in our community; and in turn, raise awareness that we have a program (Days 4 Hope) that can help meet so many of the needs.
Providing homeless and needy children with a back-to-school event on a local church campus. Each child receives a medical exam, dental exam/cleaning, and floss treatment, eye exam, haircut, school and family portrait, a new backpack filled with all the needed school supplies, a care bag of personal care items, gift cards for new clothes/uniforms and shoes, and meals throughout the day.
Many individuals and agencies are present to share invaluable resources. Along with our general volunteers, we have Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Hygienists, Hairstylists, Barbers, and Photographers all giving of their talent and time to help kids in need in our own backyard. We also have many more community partners that come together for this special day. It is a day that gives parents peace and kids hope!
From there a connection is made and it is important to the Days 4 Hope leaders continue a relationship in the lives of these children. Days 4 Hope are not a one-day / one-touch event; but rather the introduction to newly formed relationships.
Churches are taking it past the day by inviting the families back for church service, Sunday school, youth group, providing Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gifts …helping them move into better living arrangements, helping with car repair and job searches, …sponsoring kids in sports programs and for holiday programs. The list goes on…investing in the children; that’s what it’s all about. Making a difference in the lives of these students.
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