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HOPE Center

Helping Our People in Emergencies since 1984

History

Hope Center of EdmondHOPE 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 through private donations and grants. Our only fund raising activity each year is the Samaritan Fund Drive sponsored by the Edmond Sun 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 help fund our prenatal clinic and purchase fresh food items for our food pantry. Another way that the community supports HOPE Center is through food drives and volunteer support.

Mission

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.

Daily Operations

Each week around 200 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. HOPE Center of Edmond is a non-profit, equal opportunity agency that practices non-discrimination concerning age, race, sex, religion, national origin or handicap. Any grievances concerning discrimination should be written and mailed to J. Chrislyn Sperry MBA, Executive Director or Susanne Betz, Chairman, PO Box 2915 Edmond, Oklahoma 73083.

Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN

Susanne Betz

VICE CHAIRMAN

Robert Dennis

SECRETARY

Dana Rayburn, CPA

TREASURER

Al Strecker

OTHER MEMBERS

Brenda Chambers-Assistant Treasurer, Annette de Dios, Michelle Friedel, Anne Holzberlein, Ron McCaslin, Robert R. “Dick” Kedy, Chris Shorow, Susan Parks-Schlepp, Tim Richardson, Phillip C. “Phil” Sloan, Martha Strecker

PAST CHAIR

Jolene Bolin

30 Years of Service

For more than thirty years, HOPE Center has been providing assistance to members of the Edmond community. Our name is our mission – it stands for Help 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 uncertainty of life is probably the major factor necessitating the need for an agency like HOPE. Most people live and make do as long as nothing extraordinary happens to them. However, for most of our clients, it only takes one seemingly small event to disrupt their lives. If their vehicle breaks, they can’t afford the repairs and they lose their job; or a child gets sick they have to take unpaid days from work and then have to decide how to pay the extra expenses of doctor’s bills and prescription costs on less than they usually earn. The harsh reality of a hungry child or an eviction notice or utility cut off can cause panic or hopelessness for anyone. We hope that our services help our clients avoid such situations. Most of HOPE Center’s clients are people who work hard to provide for themselves and their families but find themselves in desperate situations. We strive to treat each client of our agency with respect and kindness and help them resolve their emergencies.

HOPE Center is privately funded. Our only fund raising activity each year is the Samaritan Fund Drive sponsored by the Edmond Sun 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 purchase fresh food items, help fund our pre-natal clinic and support other client programs. Another way that the community supports HOPE Center is through food drives and volunteer support. We have more than 200 volunteers each week. They are members of churches, Scout groups, University clubs, social clubs and service clubs, high school students, college students, housewives, retirees.

The longevity and success of the HOPE Center are a direct result of conservative management, judicious planning and a serious commitment to accountability. Each contribution and donation is used carefully to provide the greatest benefit for clients. Keeping administrative overhead as low as possible is another way the agency maximizes its resources. This ongoing dedication to fiscal responsibility has enabled HOPE Center to continue to provide quality services to clients for so many years.

The staff and directors of HOPE Center are very conscious of the trust and confidence that the community has in the agency. Accordingly, we feel that it is important to provide the community a summary of HOPE Center’s audited financial information. These charts show how we fulfill our mission, while operating in an efficient and transparent manner. Dedication to the community, sound financial management and a commitment to accountability are the key values that make HOPE Center a responsible agency.

30 Years of Service

For more than thirty years, HOPE Center has been providing assistance to members of the Edmond community. Our name is our mission – it stands for Help 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 uncertainty of life is probably the major factor necessitating the need for an agency like HOPE. Most people live and make do as long as nothing extraordinary happens to them. However, for most of our clients, it only takes one seemingly small event to disrupt their lives. If their vehicle breaks, they can’t afford the repairs and they lose their job; or a child gets sick they have to take unpaid days from work and then have to decide how to pay the extra expenses of doctor’s bills and prescription costs on less than they usually earn. The harsh reality of a hungry child or an eviction notice or utility cut off can cause panic or hopelessness for anyone. We hope that our services help our clients avoid such situations. Most of HOPE Center’s clients are people who work hard to provide for themselves and their families but find themselves in desperate situations. We strive to treat each client of our agency with respect and kindness and help them resolve their emergencies.

HOPE Center is privately funded. Our only fund raising activity each year is the Samaritan Fund Drive sponsored by the Edmond Sun 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 purchase fresh food items, help fund our pre-natal clinic and support other client programs. Another way that the community supports HOPE Center is through food drives and volunteer support. We have more than 200 volunteers each week. They are members of churches, Scout groups, University clubs, social clubs and service clubs, high school students, college students, housewives, retirees.

The longevity and success of the HOPE Center are a direct result of conservative management, judicious planning and a serious commitment to accountability. Each contribution and donation is used carefully to provide the greatest benefit for clients. Keeping administrative overhead as low as possible is another way the agency maximizes its resources. This ongoing dedication to fiscal responsibility has enabled HOPE Center to continue to provide quality services to clients for so many years.

The staff and directors of HOPE Center are very conscious of the trust and confidence that the community has in the agency. Accordingly, we feel that it is important to provide the community a summary of HOPE Center’s audited financial information. These charts show how we fulfill our mission, while operating in an efficient and transparent manner. Dedication to the community, sound financial management and a commitment to accountability are the key values that make HOPE Center a responsible agency.

2015 Annual Report
      2014 Annual Report
          2013 Annual Report
              2012 Annual Report
                  2011 Annual Report
                      2010 Annual Report
                          2009 Annual Report
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