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Garden of Hope, Inc

Our Non Profit Spotlight is Garden of Hope, Inc

The Garden of Hope Community Development Corporation was officially organized in 2008. It is the realization of the vision of Dr. Kirk T. Houston, Pastor and founder of Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church. Created as a means to provide services, programs and resources to familities and individuals experiencing social, economic and moral deficiency, the Garden of Hope is both an extension of ministry and an individualized effort to provide the level of social service to families and individuals that extend beyond what the church traditionally offers in a standard faith setting.

We recently caught up with Jan House, I AM My Sisters Keeper & Program Coordinator

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Q. How long has Garden of Hope been in existence?

A. Late 2008

Q. Who are your clients / customers?

Faith-based organizations, churches, community, ex-offenders, Youth and young adults, kids of incarcerated parents, formerly incarcerated, those infected/affected by domestic violence and HIV/AIDS

 Q.How are you reaching your clients / customers?

A. Free workshops, trainings, awareness events, forums, summits

Q. What inspired you to start?

A. The Garden of Hope, Inc. was the realization of the vision of Dr. Kirk T. Houston, Sr. Pastor and Founder of Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church.  The Garden of Hope, Inc. was created as a means to provide services, programs and resources to families and individuals experiencing social, economic and moral deficiencies.  It was designed to be both an extension of ministry and an individualized effort providing the level of social service to families and individuals that extend beyond what the church traditionally offers in a standard faith setting.

Q. What are your needs for Garden of Hope,Inc  at this time?

A. Volunteerism is always needed on a continuous basis along with partnerships and sponsorships from businesses, organizations, and individuals; tax deductible donations from interested persons or supporters.

Q. Do you offer volunteer opportunities? If so, in what areas?

A. Yes–volunteers are priceless within the Garden of Hope, Inc. ; Volunteer areas:  domestic violence program, HIV/AIDS program, Keeping It Real:101 Youth Academy, Community Health Fair, Living Out Loud Domestic Violence Series Workshop; Popular Opinion Leaders HIV/AIDS Series Workshop; Leaders of Tomorrow Camp and Mentoring Program, Genderella Women and Girls Empowerment Programs, Financial Education Empowerment Training Workshops and general office administration duties

Q. How can one make a donation?

A. Submit tax deductible donation to:  The Garden of Hope, Inc., 1317 East Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk 23504; Attn: Mr. Alphonso Albert or Mrs. Sharon Houston or contact them at 757-390-4328

Q. Do you have any special events coming up?

December 7, 2012 – Community Summit and Dinner in commemoration of World AIDS Day – Free to community – Murray Center – 7pm

November – January- March- April – Living Out Loud Domestic Violence Workshop Series – Free to community – Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church – 6:30p

November – December – January – Popular Opinion Leader HIV/AIDS Workshop Series – Free to community – Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church – 6:30pm

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Garden of Hope , Inc
1317 E. Brambleton Ave
Norfolk , VA  23504
(757) 390-4328

Email: gohoffice5@gmail.com

Website: www.gardenofhopecdc.org

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Community Harvest Outreach, Inc

 

Our Non Profit Spotlight is Community Harvest Outreach, Inc

Community Harvest Outreach, Inc. (CHO) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to meet the basic needs of the underprivileged in the community.  This includes providing food, clothing, and educational services to our clients through the clothes closet, our food bank, and tutorial program. Our goal is to reduce malnutrition in the most vulnerable: children and the elderly and to prevent illnesses due to improper clothing and lack of food, while providing essential educational skills.

We recentlly caught up with founders, Ernest & Laequinla Hunter.

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Q. How long has Community Harvest Outreach been in existence?

A. We have been in existence for five years.  Since its inception in 2007, Community Harvest Outreach has worked to stomp out hunger, and provide a better quality of life to those in our community.  With the help of our sponsors and community partners, we have fed over 67,000 individuals and distributed over 200,000 pounds of food.

Q. Who are your clients / customers?

We provide services to all races, colors, creeds, and age groups.  However we service a high number of elderly, disabled veterans, and families with young children.  Our clients consist of everyday people who are trying to make it in this tough economy.  The person who comes to us for help may be your neighbor, a member of your church, or your friend.  Our clients are hardworking, good, kind people who need a helping hand.

Q.How are you reaching your clients / customers?

A.With the help of our corporate sponsors and community donors, Community Harvest Outreach Inc. conducts its distribution program bi-weekly from our home distribution center located in Windsor, VA.  Our doors are open every Wednesday and Thursday for distribution from 11am to 2pm, and a photo I.D is required to receive services.  Throughout the year CHO also hosts several community events.  These programs include the Easter Eggstravaganza, Community Day (school supplies, backpacks), Summer Sizzler Camp, Fall Festival, Coat Giveaway, and the Lots of Toys for Tots campaign.

Q. What inspired you to start?

A. Community Harvest Outreach, Inc. was birthed out of a great need that we witnessed in the community.  We started out distributing bread to the neighborhoods in the community, and things grew from there. Thanks to the help from our corporate sponsors and community partners we are now able to provide bread, produce, meat, and canned goods for the hungry and gently used clothing and shoes.  We’ve branched out and now provide tutorial services to educationally advance the disadvantaged.

How do you do what you do and why is it important to you? You both are Pastors, evangelists, authors, business owners, you counsel etc….How do you make the time? Why is it important to the both of you?

We would not be able to do what we do without our wonderful volunteer staff. We would like to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and the spirit of excellence they embody.  It is grueling work–operating year round with only one week off out of the year. It is all worth it when we see the grateful smiling faces come through the line.  Knowing that a family may not eat if we close the doors is enough motivation to keep pushing forward.

What are your needs for CHO at this time?

With the economic downturn, we have seen the need in our community skyrocket!  Our distribution line is generally wrapped around the building, as we continue to work to help those who need it the most.  We know that we would not be able to operate without the generous support of our donors, and your help is needed now more than ever before.  As we provide services to the elderly, disabled, and young children, our operational costs continue to rise.  To effectively meet the needs of our clients we could use new refrigeration and freezer units, office supplies (ink, printing paper, stamps, envelopes, etc.) and new or gently used shoes and clothing.  Every donation helps whether it is $5 or a brand new toy for a child who otherwise would not have a Christmas.  Your help and support is appreciated, as it is much needed.

Do you offer volunteer opportunities? If so, in what areas?

We are always offering volunteer and internship opportunities.  We are currently accepting applications for our Windsor, VA office.  Those interested may apply online at www.communityharvestoutreach.org or call 757-556-5403.  Volunteering with our organization is a rewarding and enjoyable experience!

How can one make a donation?

We need your donations, and as a 501c3 non-profit, all donations are 100% tax deductible.  Donations may be made by visiting our website: www.communityharvestourtreach.org . State and Federal employees can donate through the CFC and CVC campaigns. Donations may also be made in the form of check or money order and mailed to our local office.  Finally, donors can also call 757-556-5403 and make a pledge by phone

Q. Do you have any special events coming up?

We are continuously having special events in our community.  Currently, we are partnering with V.I.P. band to provide a Live Jazz Summer Series.  Our next Jazz Under the Stars evening will be Friday June 29th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  Tickets are $10 and include a dinner buffet.  Proceeds go to support the cause of CHO.  To stay updated on our latest events follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/communityharvestoutreach

Community Harvest Outreach, Inc.
5 Roberts Avenue
Windsor, VA 23487
(757)556-5403

Email: info@communityharvestoutreach.org

Website: www.communityharvestoutreach.org

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The Dwelling Place

 

 

 

Providing emergency shelter services to homeless families including children since 1986 in our community. More than 80% of Dwelling Place residents are children. All children of homeless families are at risk for speech and health problems, malnutrition, developmental delays and poor school performance.

The face of homelessness is changing. The perception of homeless adults wandering the streets during the day, sleeping on those same streets at night is no longer accurate. Homelessness today is a family and children’s issue. The average age of a person in a shelter is nine years old. Each night across America more than a million children have no place to call home. These children are America’s hidden homeless. They live in shelters or motels. They move from place to place or live in overcrowded living conditions.

Homelessness is a national crisis and families comprise the fastest growing component in this population. Families make up more than 55 percent of the homeless in Hampton Roads. Families typically become homeless following a destabilizing event such as illness, job loss, or spousal abuse that results in eviction. The target population for The Dwelling Place emergency services is families in crisis due to homelessness.

Eighty-six percent of Dwelling Place residents are children. All children of homeless families are at risk for speech and health problems, malnutrition, developmental delays and poor school performance. Two-thirds of adults in homeless families have recent work experience, but are not currently working when they enter the shelter.

Although homelessness is directly related to poverty and the lack of affordable housing, most homeless families experience multiple problems such as unemployment, social isolation, poor health, substance abuse, victimization or family background that includes multigenerational welfare dependence.

www.thedwellingplaceva.org

Surrender40

Surrender40 ButtonSurrender40 began as a voice from God speaking to our founder, Trachena Muchnick on the eve of Christmas, 2008. No explanation, no real direction at that point, except that she knew that it WAS HIS voice telling her to Feed His Sheep on the mean streets of downtown Miami, Florida. Miami is among the Top 5 Un-Churched cities in America. By its very nature and reputation, a party town and a very dark, drug infested city! Obedient to His voice, Trachena, along with her husband and co-founder, Steve, began to organize what is now known as Surrender40, Inc. a tax-exempt non profit ministry.

The ultimate dream of Surrender40 is to someday open a shelter for people coming out of prison, or who desire to get off the streets and devote their lives to the very God who created them and will NEVER stop loving them. They will be placed in a 40 day program where they will learn structure, skills, and scripture, in order to regain the self worth that God intended for us all to have since we are created by Him and for Him. They will then turn around to disciple others in the same way that they were trained up!

Surrender40 is blessed with the privilege of feeding over 200 people every two weeks as well as handing out Bibles, socks, clothing, hygiene items and BEST of all preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and homeless of Miami. The ministry also visits inmates at the Homestead Correctional Facility as well as other prisons around the country when we are called. In addition, we have a hospital team that prays for and ministers to sick people in various Florida hospitals.

To learn more about Surrender40 visit their website – www.surrender40.com or email them at surrender40FL@aol.com

Twitter – www.twitter.com/surrender40
Facebook – www.facebook.com/surrender40
YouTube – www.youtube.com/surrender40

Groomed 4 Greatness

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In 2005, the founder, Jan House, received a vision to start a youth organization.  However, after developing one successful program after another for churches, non-profits, schools and others, in 2009, Jan finally settled down to focus on the vision.  She wanted a unique youth organization.  Thus came the birth of the G4G Mentoring and Enrichment Academy–one that provides services and programs for all youth (regardless of their socio economic status, background or culture): offers unlimited, unique and educational mentoring opportunities for males and females; seek “global” recognition for the works provided within the organization by the team members as well as youth; offers programs and incentives for adults seeking higher learning;  and implements a one on one mentoring program for males and females that meets their specific needs.

Let’s Talk Inc

Lets Talk Inc LogoWelcome to Let’s Talk Inc. We are a non-profit organization providing services to aid and educate the women and youth of our communities. We’re here to listen to you.  Don’t forget to check our events and list of programs. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

We welcome your support! Your aid will allow us to continue empowering individuals and improving our communities. We are currently requesting support in the following areas:
• Financial contributions
• Fund development
• Marketing & Public relations
• Mentoring
• Information Technology

Let’s Talk Inc. is a community based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based in Virginia Beach, VA. We offer programs and services throughout Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater. Let’s Talk Inc. is a certified program of competency and creative skills enhancement. The commitment of Let’s Talk Inc. is to assist individuals in recovering their sense of self while developing a sense of integrity and enhanced self esteem through creative pursuits.

Letters 4 the Lord

Letters4theLord PictureLetters 4 the Lord is a nationwide correspondence ministry to those in prison and their families. As well as a networking ministry to stay connected with other prison ministries for support; encouragement; and exchange of ideas and resources.

If you have a loved one in prison who needs cards and letters, please send in their contact information and we will write them. We want to hear from other prison ministries as well.

For more information or to see how you can help, click here.

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