What is Hope into Action?
Hope into Action is a charity that enables churches to house the homeless and vulnerable by providing a home, hope and a new life. Its vision is “every church lovingly making a home for the homeless”. Established in 2010 it has established 101 homes in 35 locations working with 96 churches.
What progress has been made for Hope into Action – Beverley?
Churches Together in Beverley has given its support for a franchise agreement with Hope into Action which will establish a home in Beverley using the Hope into Action model and draw upon the charity’s vast depth of experience and expertise. The franchise agreement has been signed by Jonathan Baker, with Beverley Minster as the lead church.
John Edmond (St Marys) and Martin Doolan (Beverley Minster) are leading the project on behalf of Churches Together in Beverley. Together they have researched Hope into Action projects in Oakham and Nottingham and had 4 days training from Hope into Action. Both have successfully been through a Hope into Action selection process to assess their spiritual and proffesional competence to lead an Hope into Action franchise.
We are now in a position to bring together a group of investors to enable us to buy the first house and to seek support groups for our first tenants.
How can you help?
To succeed the project needs:
- Your prayers for the project start up and for all those who are homeless and vulnerable and in need of support.
- Investors; people who want to share their wealth with the poor and vulnerable in our society by helping to purchase a suitable house in Beverley. The house is then leased to Hope into Action for 5 years. At the end of 5 years investors can sell the house to get back what they put in, and more if house prices rise. Interest can be paid at a rate of up to 2% on the rental income during the period of investment.
Other ways you can help are:
- Donations To provide an initial fund to enable set up expenditure for the project and initial outgoings.
- Volunteers to provide a Friendship and Support Group for the tenants of the house. The group will provide love and support by being friends with a purpose; mentoring and befriending, and doing such things as small maintenance and gardening jobs.
- An Empowerment Worker to foster the tenants’ potential and independence by providing professional support, advice and signposting to other agencies. This could be a volunteer or a paid position (roughly one day a week pro–rata)
Want to know more?
Hope into Action has an excellent website – www.hope into action.org.uk
Alternatively you could arrange an informal chat or if you feel you are able to support Hope into Action – Beverley in any way, please contact us.