Thanks to all who joined us for a great Dinner at Christie’s. Christies management cooked and served a fantastic meal. Thanks again Christie’s, Grocery Outlet, Golden Harvesters, who helped provide the ingredients. Students from Trinity Academy volunteered to serve and buss tables for the dinner. Michelle said that they were the best they have ever had. They even donated their tips to the Community of Hope. You all are awesome! Finally, thanks to all those that bought tickets and came! The results of the contest of which church had the most people there are in. University Park Baptist won with 25 attendees. However, they did not have quite the lead I thought they might with the presale tickets. Red Sea was close behind with 21 and Holy Cross followed with 19. Grace Community Church had only one less with 18. People of Praise had 16 and St. Johns Wesleyan 14. Journey 3, Community Open Bible, Hope Presbyterian, Rivergate, and Church of the Servant King each had under 10 folks there. With other loyal supporters, we had a great turn out! It was a great community event! We’ll do it again next year!
We had a great time at the Pampered Chef Party. KarenJean showed us how to make a great dessert using outstanding Pampered Chef items.
Thanks for your support!
We had a great time at the breakfast last week! We enjoyed the excellent food, good company, and Roosevelt principal Charlene William’s inspirational talk!
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Thanks so all the community members that helped to make this event successful!
The Charles Jordan Community Center did a great job of serving us! We couldn’t have asked for better support!
Megan Boaglio created the video.
The following businesses and organizations helped us create a beautiful space and great foods to enjoy!
Kassenboom Nursery helped make our space beautiful with many plants and bushes.
New Seasons provided cut flowers.
Members of Rivergate Community Church catered the meal.
People of Praise Christian Community and Preserve and Serve lent us linens and dishes.
Sugar Rush was a wonderful time to promote Community of Hope! It was a great kick off for the ongoing support of the Community of Hope. The community came together to learn more about who we are and what we are all about and built relationships among those who will support our residents! Here are some pictures from the event!
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Cathe Weise of My Father’s House shared her experience of reaching out to families in ways similar to what the Community of Hope will do. She emphasized that they help families take responsibility for themselves, not doing for them anything they can do for themselves. This support and encouragement helps enable a large percentage of them to overcome the barriers that they have to providing stable homes for their children. Her stories of the relationships she built with the families they serve touched her listeners. The gift of forming loving relationships is a blessing to every volunteer there.
Pastor Kelly Cohoe shared his story of learning the needs of his congregation when he asked them what they would like to hear him preach about. He was amazed to hear that one in four families were more concerned about their housing than theological issues. The passage from Isaiah 58:6-9 came alive for him as he saw the need to share genuine love with his brothers and sisters that were poor. He gave a brief history of the Community of Hope and explained what we are planning to do. Kelly ended with a story of a family in his congregation that came to him last week that is being evicted and has not place to go. Seeing his heart, broken in concern for this family and every family who does not have a place to go, moved the hearts of his listeners too. Those that attended made generous commitments to support us both financially and by volunteering. Some gave out of the little they had and others were able to make monthly pledges that will support the ongoing work of the Community of Hope. All were able to volunteer to help in some way to support the families we will serve. Because of their dedication, lives will be changed!
When these things are in place, we can open for our first residential community and begin to address the needs of the many homeless families in North Portland, a few at a time.
Thank you to our community sponsors! Trinity Academy provided child care, St. John’s Starbucks provided the coffee, and many local businesses and churches provided our extravagant desserts!