Hope Ministries has been serving underprivileged individuals and families in Michiana since 1954. Following the Grace Model, the staff and volunteers at Hope Ministries provide residents with housing, meals, child-care, parenting classes, adult education, spiritual development, substance abuse recovery, life skills, employment readiness programs, among other vital programs and resources to help them gain stability in their lives.
The original Michigan Street building now primarily provides space for chapel services and a community kitchen, where nearly 300 meals are served every day. The Family Life Center provides housing for 18 families (including single mothers, married couples and single fathers), 16 single women and 40 single men.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Saint Joseph parishioners serve the needs of South Bend’s Hope Ministries by preparing and serving a meal on the first Friday of each month. As a member of this ministry, you will be asked to prepare part of the Friday meal two to three times each year.
The pandemic has created new and unexpected challenges for Hope and our parish’s ministry there. Demand has skyrocketed. On a typical pre-pandemic first Friday, the parish would serve around 100 people. Now that demand has more than doubled to 250 people. Plus, we can no longer cook and serve the meal. For the past year, parishioners have donated money, and volunteers have purchased the makings of hearty meal and delivered the supplies to Hope where guests and staff prepare and serve the meal. We are in need of regular, monthly donations to sustain Saint Joseph’s monthly work at Hope. Contributions in support of this ministry may now be made online at stjoeparish.weshareonline.org/hope.
If you are interested in learning more about Hope and participating in this ministry, view the online conversation from 2021 about Hope or contact John Conway (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cathy Hall (email@example.com).
John Conway, Parishioner