LOCAL missions

Stories of Hope

Brandy and Joe Link chose to serve God by serving families in crisis by serving with Safe Families.  SafeFamilies provides support to families in the midst of challenging circumstances like homelessness, illness or job loss.  Without the support of extended family, some families find themselves having to turn to DCFS for help.  This is where SafeFamilies come in.  SafeFamilies volunteers help families bridge the gaps during difficult life seasons to keep families together. 
 
Although the Links had challenges and initial concerns with their first hosting, ultimately knowing they made an impact in a child and his family's life encouraged them to continue to serve other families.  “I saw the joy on the families’ faces when they were able to call, meet and reunite with their children,” says Brandy.  “It’s God’s work.”

By serving through Safe Families, Brandy and Joe quickly found the selfless “end goal of helping the whole family to reunite healthy and happy.” Host families, family friends, and resource friends are all needed in the Safe Families Circle of Support.  If you are looking to serve God by serving families in your community, learn more here: 

Volunteer Locally

There are many ways to get involved in our local community.  Here are some of our local missions partners.  
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Contact Ministries

Contact Ministries serves the Springfield-area with a women’s and children’s temporary and transitional shelter, in addition to other social assistance.  To find out more, visit their website by clicking on the button below. 

Feitshans Elementary School Partnership

Hope adopted Feitshans Elementary, a local public elementary school in 2015.  Since then we have provided office help, mentors, and support for their activities that encourage parent involvement.   To become a mentor or learn more about our partnership, contact Beth Yokley at [email protected]

Safe Families

Safe Families is the bridge for children and their families facing traumatic situations and instead, providing stable, compassionate and God-centered relationships to prevent trauma.  For more information about Safe Families visit their website by clicking on the button below.

The Outlet

The Outlet is a local non-profit that seeks to defend the fatherless by partnering boys and young men without males in the home with a male mentor and regular positive experiences, including a variety of activities.  To learn more, visit their Facebook page by clicking on the button below. 

Buddy Break

Buddy Break is a FREE kids/respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs (VIP kids) a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours. Each VIP kid at Buddy Break is paired up with a Buddy friend for one-on-one attention as everyone has fun playing games, hearing and seeing great children’s stories, videos, music and more while giving the caregivers a much needed break! Siblings have fun too!
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Support Prayerfully or Financially

Living Hope Counseling Center
A Christian non-profit counseling center serving the Sangamon county area with income-based fees.  www.livinghopecounselingcenter.info