Transforming Joy: Light in the Darkness

IMG_1483 The biggest perk in my job is that I get to see lives change. Before families arrive at Community of Hope, they are highly stressed. Some are sleeping in cars or at a shelter packed in like sardines or in unsafe homes with abusers or well-meaning friends who are strained with the family living in their living room. When they move in, the children are so glad to have their own room and a real bed. That certainly happened with Joy’s family. The adults form friendships and begin to heal from past trauma. They face past demons and make and meet goals as the future becomes hope.

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Becoming the Village: Dream Becomes Reality

Community of Hope was just a dream when I was hired in 2012. With the support of several churches in North Portland, the community of people, churches, businesses, and agencies championing our efforts grew. Once we opened in 2014, the village of people that it would take to make Community of Hope a successful program expanded exponentially.

IMG_1483 Help this village continue to grow. Be a part of our growing community making a difference in the lives of so many families by donating to Community of Hope today.

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Epidemic of Homelessness Creates a Sea of Suffering

IMG_1483 I keep getting phone calls. People know we are full and still they hope. I hear story after story of desperate families. “The shelter is overflowing.” “There is no good place to go.” “Where can me and my kids sleep tonight?”

“As a family advocate I work with many homeless families, visiting them in restaurants or on the streets as they carry their children and all their belongings packed in a stroller or live out of their cars… Knowing that there is a place where families will be valued and respected and given tools to make significant life changes is huge and makes all the difference when you work in what sometimes seems to be a sea of suffering. Tru Tate, Lifeworks Family Advocate

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A Journey of Hope: Joy’s Story

IMG_1483 Joy’s journey started out to be very difficult. “I had no security, bouncing around between family and friends. I was in and out of jobs because I didn’t have stable transportation. It was very stressful. I was afraid I would never find a place to live because of my eviction background and because I didn’t have a stable job, which made life that much harder.”
Joy is a single mom. She had her first child in high school, then a second. She worked hard to be a good mom, finish school, and make a life for herself and her children. She struggled to find a good relationship, wanting to be loved and successful. But the deck seemed to be stacked against her.

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Our partners are grateful for Community of Hope

Many of our partners are grateful for Community of Hope. They see the wonderful impact we have on the families we serve and the community we live in. Here are some recent comments: “As the school counselor in an elementary school in St Johns, I have the pleasure of working with the youth in our community on a daily basis. I see their eagerness to learn, their enthusiasm in sharing their day with classmates and teachers, and their desire to strive to accomplish their goals. Its heartwarming and inspiring, and a testament to ensuring we strive to provide all of the support they need to achieve these goals in school. Unfortunately, I also see many children who do not have their basic needs met, and the impact this has on their ability to accomplish their tasks in school is greatly compromised. They may not know where their next meal is coming from, who will be picking them up from school each day, or where they will sleep that night. Its stressful and difficult for them to manage these realities, and often their behavior escalates and becomes a barrier to accessing opportunities available to them, and their academic progress also suffers as time goes on. We do all we can as a school to ensure they know they have staff and support available to them, but we rely on community...

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