Hope for Kids

Submitted by Matt Currier

www.hopeforkids.net

Over the past year, HFK has established a church in Springfield in the Indian Orchard neighborhood, as a ministry initiative geared towards reaching the entire family of the children HFK currently serves.  They meet weekly on Sunday’s from 1-3 pm. We average between 40-60 guests (adults, teens and children). The addition of this ministry to our lineup accounts for some of the drop in our ministry support level.  We have added many new volunteers, many of which reside in the city of Springfield which has been a goal of HFK’s from the beginning.

We added two more staff members which .brings us to 5 plus me. This also accounts for a portion of the decreased support percentage.  We were blessed with the gift of a free building. The Lion’s Den Youth Outreach Center of 40 Front St, Indian Orchard, MA, was gifted to HFK. HFK completely reconfigured its strategic approach to how they reach the kids of Springfield with their mission. This building and the new approach to children’s ministry has allowed HFK to begin weekly programming (Tuesday’s and Thursday’s) which offers mentoring one evening and a Christ-centered, fun-filled and relationship-driven children’s club.  HFK still has its monthly large group program but with a new name – “EVENT HOPE” rather than “CLUB HOPE.” HFK also added a weekly prayer meeting for volunteers on Saturday’s from 8-9 am.

Lastly, HFK is piloting a new program, one that seemed far off in the future, until God brought a family into our midst that needed exactly what this new program had to offer. “REFUGE OF HOPE” is a program that assists a family in need, by providing them with a “safe house” for the family to reside while receiving the counsel and support through difficult life issues they are facing, as well as a network of Christian individuals who will love and walk with them each step of their journey. The strength of this program rests on the fact that this family in need actually moves in and lives temporarily with a Godly Christian family and sees it modeled before them day by day. The piloting family for this program at the moment is none other than my own family in Monson.  We have converted our finished basement into an apartment for this very reason. Thank you for your faithful support of our ministry