We ensure that all children in need are prepared for school by initiating Day4Hope and coaching faith-based organizations to develop lasting, meaningful relationships with children and families.
Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
When our economy was sluggish in the spring of 2009, Pam Hawn and her husband, Mark, recognized they were going to experience a change in their lifestyle. Being self-employed in their family business, began to feel the effect of the changing economy. At the same time, Pam shares that God laid on her heart that despite the struggles, she is to remember her heartbeat for the homeless. If it was getting harder for her and Mark to provide for their three children, how were the moms and dads in the homeless community providing for their children?
That began a passion in Pam which lives out today.
We at Hope 4 Communities want to raise awareness of the shocking number of homeless and disadvantaged children in our community.
Our Day4Hope program provides homeless and disadvantaged children with a back-to-school event on a local church campus. Each child receives a medical exam, dental exam/cleaning and floss treatment, eye exam, haircut, school and family portrait, new backpack filled with all the needed school supplies, a care bag of personal care items, gift cards for new clothes/uniforms and shoes, and meals throughout the day.
Day4Hope are not a one day, one touch event, but rather the beginning of life-changing, new-formed relationships for the children and families in our community who are in need. Churches invite these families back for church service, Sunday school, youth group and more. Families have access to better opportunities, including Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gifts, receiving help to move into better living arrangements, and having assistance with car repairs and job searches. The list goes on.
Continuing Hope can be anything from immediate monetary assistance, year-round events to build relationships, or offering tutoring to children in need. It’s all about investing in the children and making a difference in the lives of these students.