A hard week

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  Each week I try to tell an uplifting story about a major ‘win’ at the New Hope Resource Center. But the work we do isn’t always uplifting. Sometimes it’s downright hard. This week has been one of those hard weeks. … Continued

Merry Pumpkmas!

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Sometimes connections happen in strange ways. A few weeks ago Morning Star Church hosted it’s annual Great Pumpkin Festival where over 5,300 people visited our campus for food, fun and Fall activities. It was a one-day extravaganza that we hope … Continued

Soap Angels

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Laundry detergent is expensive. For many of our clients, it’s a luxury they cannot often purchase and it’s consistently one of the most requested items in our Personal Essentials Pantry. Thankfully we have an awesome group of ladies who make … Continued

Christmas Cookies?

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  Apparently the stores only sell Halloween cookies this time of year. Christmas cookies are hard to find! I really wanted some Christmas cookies because this week we started registering families for our annual Christmas Shoppe event at Morning Star Church. … Continued

Pumpkins are a waste of time

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“Spending money on pumpkins is wasteful.” “Pumpkins don’t have anything to do with poverty or life transformation.” “People who can’t pay their bills should be out looking for a job instead of having fun at a festival.” Morning Star’s annual … Continued

Magic!

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Many people think the New Hope Resource Center performs miracles or has a drawer full of magic potions that can fix any situation. Somebody down on their luck comes in and we cast a Jesus-spell over them and they are … Continued

Investing in People

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I know it sounds like I’ve told this story before, but we gave away another car this week! Victoria is a one-of-a-kind woman. She has raised 7 kids, has a horde of grandchildren, and is a delight to be around. … Continued

Crabby

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We have some wonderful volunteers who run our Personal Essentials Pantry on Thursdays.They are patient, kind, and extraordinarily dedicated to serving everyone who walks through the door. A few months ago, Reba came to visit the pantry. Reba is 81, … Continued

My Drug Deal

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Yesterday I withdrew a bunch of cash from the ATM so today I could buy drugs. Really, it’s not what you think. Really. Rewind to a few days ago. Mark, a new client, came in to the Resource Center for an … Continued

It didn’t happen

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Todd had a great job doing high-end carpentry work. He loved what he did, and we was darn good at it, too. You could tell he took great pride in his work. But Todd’s story took a tragic turn when … Continued

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