At Hope we value investing in the local community, and partner with organizations, social workers, and ministries to provide opportunities to serve. We work with the community to support schools, host blood drives, tutor adults and children, serve an area homeless family shelter, and work with social services to improve the quality of life for children in need.
Arrive Ministries mission is to carry out God’s command to welcome and bring lifelong transformation to refugees and immigrants in Minnesota. We accomplish our mission by providing compassionate and holistic support to uprooted people in our communities as we collaborate with churches and community members. We empower, support and encourage one another to be God’s agents of love, hope and care to our new neighbors. Hope supports Arrive Ministries throught SALT and RAJO. SALT (Somali Adult Literacy Training) and Rajo are outreach ministries to our Somali neighbors.
SALT volunteers tutor English and help them prepare for the citizenship exam. Contact: Cynthia Crooks at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Rajo ministry is a team of women who meet at Hope the 1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings with Somali women for fellowship and sewing. Contact: Jackie Felt at email@example.com.
We support our local schools in many ways; from providing backpacks of food to hungry children on the weekends, to volunteering at local school events. Each year we hold a Servfest where volunteers clean up our local schools through painting, landscaping, building bookshelves and more.
Search Ministries / Twin Cities
Bill has been with Search for 16 years and currently serves as the metro director. Search Ministries’ mission is to engage people in respectful dialogue by asking questions and exploring answers that invite conversation, equip friends with the tools to engage others, pray, and watch as God expands the impact of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Search Ministries recently celebrated its 40th birthday on a national level, 34 years in the Twin Cities. Whether meeting one on one or in small groups, our goal is to stimulate respectful and sensitive dialogue for those who wrestle with or simply enjoy thoughtful interaction surrounding the big questions of God and
life. To learn more, please contact Bill or visit the websitetwincities.searchnational.org.
Care in Action
Care in Action Minnesota is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and preventing maltreatment. Care in Action seeks to accomplish this by providing community education and developing partnerships between faith-based communities and county Child Protection Services. Hope works with a Washington County social worker to meet needs that cannot be met by other agencies. The needs range from clothing items and food, to therapy services and home repairs. If you are interested in helping, please contact Barbie Atkins.
New Life Family Services
NLFS opens their doors to women and men who believe abortion is the “only” solution to an unplanned pregnancy. Through practical and spiritual counsel, they provide education and support with the hope each client will make a life-affirming decision for their child. NLFS is also a licensed adoption agency. Hope supports NLFS in a variety of ways, from collecting diapers and car seats, to 5K walks and office support.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Hope partners with the Red Cross by holding blood drives three times per year; January, June and September. For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org.
We also have families serving locally with refugees and immigrants in the Twins Cities. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor of Community and Mission, David Downey at David.Downey@HopeChurchOakdale.com.