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Jean Levert Hood

Communications Team Director

"I love this church because there is a sense of community and 'home,' that I've never known before in a church."

Ana Vega Martinez - Lay Servant Leader

Good Samaritan/Benevolence Com. Chair, H. O. P. E. Outreach Exec. Dir.

Ana is a full-time lay volunteer. Each day, she welcomes the people who walk through the H.O.P.E. Center's doors, receives them as a child of God and person of sacred worth. Under her leadership, the H.O.P.E. Center breaks new ground on a regular basis, all while assisting those who come to the center looking for help - and finding hope.

The H.O.P.E. Center is open Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., after hours and on week-ends as needed. Monthly client visits now exceed 650. Praise God!

Robert Martinez - Lay Servant Leader

H. O. P. E. Outreach Projects Coordinator

H.O.P.E. Outreach began as the inspired idea that we could and should be helping our neighbors with badly needed repairs to their homes. A Sunday School room was converted into an office and H.O.P.E. was born. H.O.P.E. now operates out of a building given to First UMC for community service and continues to expand both in size and service. Thanks Bob, for sharing your vision. It's making a difference!

Robert Aguire

Community Council Rep., Mission Team Co-ordinator, Young Adult Leader

When my faith was lost, you were there.

When I was lost, you found me.

When I was down, you lifted me up.

Close-knit family and strong hearts is what I found at the Methodist Church.

That is why I joined.

"Thank you GOD for blessing me much more than I deserve"

Lori Green

1/2 Community Council Admin Assist., 1/2 H. O. P. E.Outreach Admin. Assist.

"I love people. I love animals. I feel a lot of compassion for both and working at H.O.P.E. allows me to help people with the needs that they have. I love seeing people's lives elevated and change as we work with them to take the next step forward. I love seeing the quality of their lives improve.

Gina Forister

H. O. P. E. Outreach Thrift Center Coordinator

"I volunteer full-time at H.O.P.E., because I want to serve the community in meaningful ways. We laugh a lot at H.O.P.E. and have a lot of fun, but we are also making a positive difference in our community and in the world.

I am happy to be part of the team here at H.O.P.E."

Rosa Linda Fernandez

H. O. P. E. Outreach Staff

"I came to H.O.P.E. needing assistance. I was unemployed and feeling helpless. H.O.P.E. changed my life. I received help with my applications to social services and became a H.O.P.E. employee. I have met so many kind people in this same town that I lived in for 26 years!"

Doug Schmittou

H. O. P. E. Outreach Maintenance/Facilities Engineer

"When I first heard that H.O.P.E. might be able to help me out, I was real skeptical. Aint nothing free and I'd been doing without for a long time.

I was surprised by the way they treated me and helped me at H.O.P.E. Love just poured out from Ana, who listened to me and didn't turn up her nose. Then I found out that H.O.P.E. was part of the Methodist Church.... I'm telling you, you go to the Methodist Church - you'r going to get covered with love - and hugs. I didn't know how much I missed being hugged and talked to, until the folks at the church welcomed me. 'Come on in, they said!' I knew then I was coming back. I wanted more of that love!

I also wanted to give back, so I started volunteering around H.O.P.E. and the church. I'm now part of the team and part of the staff at H.O.P.E. I have a home and I get to spend my days helping others.

The Lord is good! He's always with you, always looking out for you. Come and see!"

Darlene Laws

Church ALliance Food Commodities Director

"I am here, because I serve yehôsûa.'" (Yehôsûa': from Hebrew, meaning Yahweh [is] salvation.)

While Darlene currently stays busy serving as the Church Alliance Food Commodities Director, she has a vision for a community kitchen able to serve prepared meals. No one here doubts that it will happen.

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