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Why Should Churches Partner with Hope into Action?

From the outset of our relationship, I’ve found Hope Into Action to be immensely trustworthy, responsive and caring. I’m totally confident that anyone who seeks support from them will be in good hands.
After speaking at a PCC meeting, Ed Walker brought a tenant to talk to the wider congregation during a Sunday service. (John was his real name) spoke so powerfully about how Hope Into Action had enabled him to transform his life, the congregation was moved to commit to the project.

As a church, we’ve committed to the project for five years, and I can’t see any reason why we wouldn’t renew that commitment when the time comes. We’ve been supported along every stage of our journey with Hope Into Action. They’ve never put any pressure on us to take on anything we’re not comfortable with and they’ve always been there for us if we’ve had any concerns; ready and willing to talk things through and pray together.

Once the tenants have been housed and matched with their mentors, there isn’t a massive commitment in terms  of time. Tenants have access to a 24/7 helpline, which means that mentors need only be available when they want to be available. Our regular meetings with the key worker assigned to our house, coupled with ongoing support from Hope Into Action, Update Evenings and celebrations (with other churches, tenants and former tenants) make it straightforward and incredibly satisfying to sustain being a partner church long term.

Of course, there have been challenges to face – but we’ve always been supported by the Hope Into Action team every step of the way. One of the biggest learning curves for us has been to understand some of the lifestyle choices of the younger generation; their attitude to sex, alcohol and recreational drugs for instance. Learning how to express our love and concern for them in a non-judgemental way has been a challenge – but it’s tremendously rewarding to know that they trust us enough to discuss these things with us.

It’s marvellous to see tenants achieve things they’d never achieved before; staying out of prison, getting and keeping work. I’ve also found it truly inspiring to witness the loving concern each of the mentors has for their mentees. The fact that they’re totally committed to being there for them – no matter how challenging the situation – is a real joy to behold.

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