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On Friday, June 13, 2018, HOPE welcomed teens affiliated with the Mission HOPE organizations. This organization, created by combining St. Mary of False River, St. Isidore the Farmer, and St. George students, stopped by HOPE Ministry to assist Pantry Coordinator Pat Eldridge and Executive Director Delores Hurst prepare the Food Pantry for distribution taking place on Wednesday, June 18, 2018.
Written By: Delores Hurst, Executive Director
At any nonprofit conference or training, the word transparency is mentioned….a lot. You would always hear, it is important to be transparent. Be transparent with donors, the community, and the clients. It is important to be transparent in grant writing, fundraising, and budgeting. It is important that a director is transparent his his/her board, staff, and supporters. It is important to be transparent when reporting.
You hear this word enough, you begin to work hard in finding out how to be more transparent and open without oversharing or violating privacy. One way that we’ve learned how transparency works is by being stewards to HOPE’s donors. When HOPE receives a donation, our priorities are to acknowledge the supporters, to send our thanks and gratitude, and communicate with them about how their support assisted the organization and clients and of any changes HOPE Ministry faces.
During the donor cultivation process, stewardship and transparency are the go to areas in influencing donors to give. It is important to the HOPE organization that donors understand the faces associated with HOPE, what the organization does, the mission of the organization, and what the future holds for HOPE Ministry.
This year, HOPE wants to go a step further with our stewardship, not just by writing thank yous, but by sitting with our supporters. We want to share in the vision of HOPE, to be transparent about the programs HOPE wants to implement for 2018. We want our donors to know that they’re supporting an organization dedicated to meeting client needs, but also educating the client on how to manage their income and balance life with low income.
Written by: Delores Hurst, Executive Director
June and July have been busy months for the Board of Directors, the staff, and the volunteers of HOPE. It began with preparing for and hosting our Uniforms For Kids giveaway of June 27th and 28th. The program chairs for this event worked hard to make sure it was a success, but like in most cases, every event has a hitch or hiccup, so to speak. This little hitch was moving the dates of the event a month in advance. Despite this, HOPE was still able to give two free uniforms to 186 children during the two days of event. Further still, we allowed some head start students to receive uniforms at a later date. This is where I can genuinely say that the ingenuity and problem solving skills of the people volunteering and working for HOPE is phenomenal. Thank you!!!
In July, HOPE held its recertification of the Food Pantry program on the 5th and 6th of the month. Over 205 of our clients came to the HOPE office on the 5th, but also 15 clients showed up to the office for uniforms that same day. Quickly thinking, the pantry coordinator consulted with myself and one of the uniform for kids chairs and we set a place for those UFK families to submit their forms for uniforms and kept two spaces for our pantry clients. Whoo, problem averted! We were able to help those UFK clients and still get recertification done for the pantry clients. It was an interesting feat that day, but the next day was just as interesting. On the 6th, our pantry clients began to come into the office at 9:00 AM. We saw 166 clients that day and handled the flow in stride. At around 11:00, our air gave out and around 1:00, the workers from St. Vincent de Paul came to the office to pick up the uniforms that we didn’t give out during Uniforms For Kids. I, as the director, was making sure everything ran smoothly for recertification and directed staff members to set a path on the opposite side of the building so the truck drivers were able to get the uniforms without disturbing the flow of the clients. We did all this while fans blew to keep the building cool.
I said all of that to say this. What we do at HOPE and for the people in Pointe Coupee isn’t done lightly. We try our hardest to do what’s right and make sure every part of our mission is fulfilled. Sometimes, we have moments where things don’t run 100% smoothly. We get through it! We problem solve! Our hearts are in the work we do and our focus is on making sure the people of Pointe Coupee has a place to go that is looking out for their interest and getting them their basic needs. This is our testament of service!!
Written By: Breana Harris
Hope Ministry of Pointe Coupee, Inc. does a lot for the residents of Pointe Coupee Parish. However, many only know about the food pantry, rent and utility assistance, Uniforms for Kids and medical services that we provide. Founded in 1997, Hope Ministry has expanded its services tremendously.
In addition to the services previously mentioned, Hope provides limited funding for temporary shelter, fire victim relief, and flood relief cleaning supplies. Hope also provides emergency food, baby supplies and gas for doctor’s visits out of town. Nevertheless, Hope’s services do not just stop there. Summer dresses, suits for parolees going on interviews and assistance with finding other resources are all services offered at Hope Ministry of Pointe Coupee, Inc. Hope also has a partnership with Better than Blessed for emergency clothes.
Hope Ministry truly has a heart for the Pointe Coupee Parish community. While many of our services are relatively unknown, we are hoping to change that by spreading the word to meet the needs of this wonderful community.
Written by: Gayle Dixon
When I think about H.O.P.E. Ministry of Pointe Coupee, Inc., the chorus of The Missionary Hymn sung at my church (St. Peter A.M.E. Church) comes to mind. It states, “This is my mission. This is my prayer, helping the needy everywhere.”
I feel so blessed being a part of an organization that is so giving. I have been a member of the H.O.P.E. Ministry Board of Directors for one and a half years. This ministry gives time, advice, and hope to so many families in the New Roads area.
H.O.P.E. Ministry is mainly known for its food pantry, which is able to help clients in the New Roads area, but the organization also helps families with uniforms for kids, emergency rent/ utilities assistance and emergency medical assistance.
A great example of H.O.P.E.’s giving was during the August 2016 flood. H.O.P.E. Ministry was able to provide food, clothing, and funds for a safe place to stay for many. Because of our efforts, H.O.P.E. has been utilizing its resources at a larger capacity. That is why I am so grateful and happy that God blessed us to have a great fundraiser on April 8, 2017. A Night of HOPE: Praise and Worship Experience truly was a night of inspiration.
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. It took a village to put this amazing extravaganza together, giving the entire honor to God. As chairperson of the concert, I would like to give special thanks and God’s blessings to our program sponsors, all the participants, our Executive Director Delores Hurst, who is doing a wonderful job leading H.O.P.E. Ministry, HOPE’s Board members, First Baptist Church of New Roads, and the Pointe Coupee community.
To God be the glory for the things He is doing and the things He will do for the people of Pointe Coupee through H.O.P.E. Ministry of Pointe Coupee, Inc.
Written by: Breana Harris
Oh the irony of how God works! After living out of state for about two years, I moved back home and began working at Hope Ministry of Pointe Coupee, Inc. and it has been a wonderful experience. In just three short months of working here, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and witnessed firsthand the hardships faced by members of the community. Helping to meet the basic needs of others is truly a humbling experience.
One particular incident that stands out to me most was when the Executive Director was out of the office and I had to stand in for her. The day was going extremely well. Prior to leaving, the Executive Director informed me that a couple, who relocated from Mississippi after the flood, would be coming to the office. They had been working extensively with the Executive Director to get back on their feet. My task was simple. I was to get the address of their landlord to provide them with rent assistance, a service that we offer.
As soon as I saw them walk through the door, I went to my office confidently to get the required information. That was when it happened. The woman hung her head and said, “Thank you but we may not need it now. Our landlord just evicted us and we have no place to go.” Shock and panic immediately began to set in. I had never directly assisted a client before and I had no clue what to do. Immediately, I called my supervisor, who at that time was not available to answer.
The couple was now sitting in my office with tears in their eyes looking at me to solve their problem. My hands began to shake. I took a deep breath then smiled and assured them I would do everything I could to help them. I started googling and calling every apartment complex and shelter in the area. Finally, the Executive Director called me back. Even though she was out of the office, she began doing research and contacting her resources to assist the couple.
That day I gained a tremendous amount of respect for my supervisor and all that she does. This issue occurred an hour before closing on the day before the holiday weekend. In the end, the Executive Director pooled together our resources to assist them as much as we could. However, we later found out that the couple was not immediately evicted. The landlord gave them a week to find other housing accommodations and the couple never returned to our office. We jokingly recall this as the day I was initiated by fire.
Despite the rare occurrence of moments like this, working at HOPE has been very rewarding. It is the moments when we provide food to the hungry or diapers, bottles, and formula to a mother in need that I am grateful that God placed me here. Every now and then it is good to be reminded of my blessings and not to take any of it for granted. The wonderful thing about Hope, and there are many, is that the money and resources donated go directly to those in need in this very community. I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful and giving organization.