The Center for Hope came about with a lot of different experiences that God used and wove together to birth the vision of the Center for Hope. I lived for 14 years in one of the poorest areas of the United States – Appalachia. I saw first hand the devastating effects of generational, systemic poverty. I also saw how caring for needs and showing mercy and compassion opened doors for Gospel conversations. Coming to serve at Hope, the Lord called a group of us to be a part of food delivery service to the under-resourced in Greece. God used that to eventually connect us with FoodLink, and the current food pantry started to grow.
In 2015 I was hospitalized and spent five weeks in the hospital and two months recovering after surgery. With plenty of time to pray and seek God and His plan, the 2020 Vision was birthed, and the Center for Hope was a large part of it. God used many, many brothers and sisters in Christ to bring clarity and strategy to the vision so that today we are about to launch the Center for Hope that will unleash compassion and be a beacon of hope to our community by sharing the love of Christ through food, medical care, employment, and financial counseling.
– Pastor Kirk Dueker
The Center for Hope serves God by sharing the love and compassion of Jesus with the Greece community using service, education, care, and by filling basic needs. We value individuals in this community and desire to walk alongside all who seek to improve their situation and life. The combination of a person’s own abilities and skills blended with community resources and support from the Center for Hope can bring about transformation, self-sufficiency, and a thriving Christian lifestyle.
Director of the Center for Hope