The Hope Center is a Christian innovative organization established in December of 2004, in Edwards County, to share the gift of Jesus in unique and caring ways. One of our first missions was to help new families receive the best start in life which includes a Message of Hope.
The Hope Center continues to expand our services and service area. Our “Beacon of Hope” mentoring which started in 2006, in Edwards County, has expanded to Wayne County, White county in 2008, Wabash County in 2009 and Clay County in 2010. We are offering more crisis intervention services dealing with death, suicide, loss of employment and drugs. We still offer other services such as: Pregnancy Support Center, Parenting Classes, Drug and Alcohol Classes provided through Frontier Community College, a monthly Food Distribution day, and the Hope Center is also a Certified Illinois State Car Seat Inspection Station.
The Hope Center continues to work hand in hand with the local Probation Office to help teach the importance of positive experiences during a child’s earliest days, months, teen and adult years.
The Hope Center receives no assistance from the state or federal government. We rely solely dependent on individual donations, local organizations, churches and contributions from businesses such as State Farm. Some of the collaborating partners of The Hope Center include the Edwards County Health Office, several Farm Bureau offices, Head Start/Early Head Start, school systems in Wayne, Wabash, & Edwards counties, The Ministerial Alliance, Frontier Community College, Family members and other local agencies serving families in need. The overall goal initially at The Hope Center was to help insure that all children and their families received the best services they needed from pre-natal care, to well baby checkups, to parenting education, to specialized services such as speech therapy, physical therapy and home visits.
The Hope Center continues to grow, but we are still flexible enough to help meet the changing needs of the community, the expanding personnel and talents that are now a part of the Hope Center. We now have a staff of 10 (all volunteers) that are committed each week to help meet the needs of the community, especially food assistance. Edwards County is still one of three counties in the state of Illinois that does not have a Health Department which makes the work of The Hope Center even more important.
The Hope Center helped start a Hope Center in Geff Illinois. In 2008 The Hope Center won the Governors Award for Volunteerism for the population of 3000 to 10000. The Hope Center has won several awards and has received several plaques of recognition for service above and beyond mainly for volunteerism. One of my favorite awards was being recognized by Illinois Prevent Child Abuse. This month the Hope Center was recognized by the local group Sovereign Patriots for our Pro-life/Pro-family stances we take.