H.O.P.E. Ministry of Pointe Coupee, Inc. was founded in 1995 by a group of local pastors who took interest in providing assistance to low income, disabled, and elderly individuals in Pointe Coupee. HOPE Ministry was originally funded under the Robert Wood Johnson foundation grant. HOPE’s visibility in the community grew tremendously and the organization was effective in assisting many households throughout Pointe Coupee. At the time, HOPE had three major programs, including the Food Pantry with two distribution sites, Emergency Services for rent, utilities, and medical, and Uniforms for Kids.
In October 2014, HOPE Ministry made a new commitment to the citizens of Pointe Coupee Parish by rededicating its services and affirming the mission to serve the less fortunate. In 2015, the organization received the Pennington Grant to hire a new Executive Director. The Board of Directors hired Delores Hurst to run the day-to-day operations in 2016. Together, they restructured the goals and the focus of the HOPE organization. In August 2016, the organization became the “go to” organization for assistance with disaster relief and recovery. HOPE received a Wilson Foundation Grant for the Client Services program in November 2016 as well as throughout 2017. In 2017, the organization began two program extensions where mothers in need received baby supplies and the homeless received toiletries. HOPE became the recipients of the Greater Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award in 2018.
HOPE collaborates with many other community organizations. This includes the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Pointe Coupee Police Jury, Pointe Coupee Detention Center, Pointe Coupee General Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, NRG, Pointe Coupee Council on Aging, Better than Blessed Thrift Store, the Pointe Coupee Long Term Recovery Group, St. Mary’s of False River, First Baptist Church, and the Housing Authority of New Roads.