HOPE Center of Edmond was organized in April, 1984 to meet a community need for a central agency to provide social services. The Center was developed by the Edmond Ministerial Alliance, an interdenominational council of churches, with volunteers and a grant from the Edmond's Women's Club. The purpose of the HOPE Center is to meet the basic needs of members in the Edmond Community.
HOPE Center is privately funded. Our only fund raising activity each year is the Samaritan Fund Drive in December. Many of the churches in Edmond contribute regularly. We also apply for grants whenever we can. Our only other regular source of funding is HOPEfully Yours, our resale shop. Clothing and household items that aren't needed for clients are sold and the proceeds are used to fund our pre-natal clinic, purchase food or other client programs. Another way that the community supports HOPE Center is through food drives and volunteer support.
HOPE Center has been providing assistance to members of the Edmond community since 1984. Our name is our mission - it stands for Helping Our People in Emergencies. Our mission is to meet the basic needs of the people in our community who are having personal emergencies or crises. It is difficult enough to ask for help but imagine how hard it would be to have to go to every church in town to get enough assistance to pay a utility bill. The combined support of many of the churches, businesses and individuals in the community means that we have the resources to provide food, clothing and utility assistance from a single community agency.
The HOPE Center staff consists of a full time Executive Director, a Financial Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and two Caseworkers, a Warehouse supervisor and two warehouse assistants. Each week more than 160 volunteers rotate shifts and assist staff. They are members of churches, Scout groups, University clubs, social clubs and service clubs; high school students, college students, housewives, and retirees. HOPE's Board of Directors determines the agency's goals and guidelines, and formulates the annual budget.