Hope & Friendship Ministries
Hope & Friendship Ministries
Times are difficult in every corner of the world, including our community of Lemont. We have an example on a smaller scale of how diverse our national economy is and the variations in household incomes. There are those that have been blessed with abundance and whose worries may be many, but financial stresses and restraints are not of them. Then we have the families that are doing their best just to remain in the community they call home, some of those blocks away from those that have not had to experience such a depressive feeling of financial struggle, strain of physical setbacks, or loneliness of emotional trials. Sometimes these troubles are within the walls of the home right next door.
Hope and Friendship Ministries is one of many organizations in our caring community that tries to reach out to those in financial, emotional, and physical crisis. Though they can not always provide immediate financial sources or answers that will resolve the problems, their mission is to extend a hand of friendship to reassure that “someone” is aware of their struggles- cares to be an ear and works to provide any means of aid possible- driven by the ultimate goal of being a conduit from those that have to those that need.
Hope and Friendship is a conduit of surplus, whether it be meals, redistributing used household appliances, furniture, or belongings, from households that have to households that are in need of these items; or in some cases puts out a call/email of need to raise funds or accept donations to provide a new item or help to cover a cost that otherwise can not be covered. Hope and Friendship projects have been but are not limited to: hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner; delivering Christmas dinners and care boxes; winter clothing drives; spring household cleaning supply collection; hosting an “Unbirthday Party” (a huge bash for the children who have not been privileged to be the guest of honor at an elaborate birthday celebration); receiving an unexpected abundance of food from restaurants or persons then distributing to households that are so appreciative of such items that provide relief to their stomachs and wallets; when offers of yard work and household tasks are received they are than offered to those who are unable to complete the daunting task of upkeep on their homes being physically or financially impossible.
Though Hope and Friendship cannot provide everything of need for those households that experience such strain, it is the goal to try to provide opportunities for them to benefit from the kindness and generosity of their “friends and neighbors” around them.
One of the goals of spreading word about Hope and Friendship is to meet and connect those that need with those that have the resources to aid. Often it is not what you have it is who you know: a connection for a job, for assistance with aid, furniture that fills a void, counseling, etc.
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