Community of Hope’s HOPE Program creates mentoring teams to help young people (ages 18-27) who were impacted by foster care or homelessness by recruiting 6-8 committed community volunteers to meet weekly for a minimum of an hour for a year. These communities meet all around the Greater Cleveland area. People often start out as strangers, and end up like family.
We are people of deep faith inspired by the Gospel to love all people and to serve all people. We believe our mandate is to offer hope and love to young people and to welcome friends from across the faith spectrum to our tables.
We have volunteers from different faiths, different races, and different ages coming together and discovering that stereotypes melt away when you get to know one another.
Rather than give people our money, our used clothes, and our stuff. We have decided to give them our connections, networks, and know how. We offer youth our social and intellectual capital to help them access better opportunities at success.
We want our volunteers to reflect the wide spectrum of people in our communities. We believe that cultural humility is the framework for building stronger relationships.