2017-09 HC Volunteer Orientation – The Foundations of Hope Central


The Foundations of Hope Central

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”


Hope Central Ministries is a not-for-profit, multi-denominational Christian society operating in Mission. We are a

Christian ministry who’s aim is to love unconditionally and gain credibility with one another through service. (NOTE: We

don’t expect all our volunteers to share the same faith position, but would ask that our philosophy and approach is

respected and not undermined).


“We have a vision of rallying likeminded groups, churches, charities, businesses and individuals to collaborate in a

unified community that brings hope to individuals facing poverty.”


The problems that the people who rely on Hope Central face are too big for anyone to take on alone.

Defining Poverty:

We are learning that poverty is present in at least 4 ways.

• Physical – Material needs. (eg. Money, Housing, Food)

• Spiritual – Faith in God (eg. Living out God’s love)

• Social- Lack of community. (eg. Loneliness, racism, prejudice, independence)

• Psychological- Sense of self. (eg. Mental and Emotional health, Identity)

We believe that alleviating poverty requires a holistic approach that affirms that all people experience poverty at some

time, and that solutions are often complex and long-term.

Correcting Entitlement:

We are working hard against ‘entitlement’ and an “us” and “them” mentality. We believe that each person that

participates at Hope Central has something to offer.


The primary focus of Hope Central is building relationships with others and God. We hope to model health in issues

around spirituality, self-image, relationships with others, and our role with-in society. Our commitment is a holistic one;

to the development of: persons, community, the downtown of Mission and networks of social work efforts.


1. EMPOWER: We are becoming more consistently interested in the empowerment of individuals as the method

that informs our model. This is moving us away from professional presence that creates an US/THEM dichotomy

toward a philosophy that owns that “we are all US”. We want what we deliver to include participants that have

been trained to give back.

2. PROVIDE VENUE TO VOLUNTEER: Volunteerism with stream lined staff. We don’t want to grow too big in

staffing. We really want to be facilitators of volunteers that want to be part of finding solutions and contributing




2017-09 HC Volunteer Orientation – The Foundations of Hope Central


from a place of philanthropy/charity vs. being paid. We want to be equippers of volunteers and participants (to

provide skills but also to accomplish the tasks of the program and space).

3. PARTNER: We value partnerships and not competing for clients. We hope to aim energies at places in the

matrix of support that are not being addressed. We also want to have diversity and breadth in our roster of

helpers as well as who we connect with and support.

4. FAMILY: We want to model realistic responses to entitlement. This relates to volunteers, staff and

participants. An example is to keep people engaging with the heart of the mission we are about by keeping it

simple and not about the hype.


1. A place to go next: To provide a role in, support of, and access to the process of a holistic delivery systems to the

marginalized in Mission. (Relief – Rehabilitation – Development).

2. Debunk myths: To educate people about issues related to the complexity of the issues effecting the

demographic (s) we are working with and how to respond.

3. Tear down walls: To facilitate unlikely relationships that improve the vibe of the Hope Central community.

4. Unified Strategy: To aim at best practices and proven models that inspire confidence and deliver success



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