Hope Network is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose roots began with the desire of the congregation of First Baptist Raytown to help the poor and disadvantaged in their city. The organization began in 2006 – first as a volunteer led and operated program of the church, and then, upon completion of its 501(c)3 status in 2008, as an independent organization. The organization’s purpose is to reach out, meet needs, and change lives using a comprehensive approach to social service. Participation in religious services and activities is not required of the organization’s clients; rather, the organization’s leadership and staff simply desire to offer hope to those in need and to demonstrate care for their community in practical ways.

There are three characteristics of Hope Network that embody the organization’s unique approach to social service:

  1. Hope Network is geographically based. Its services are delivered primarily in Raytown, Missouri. Raytown has a limited number of nonprofit organizations specifically serving this mid-sized community. As a result, Hope Network is positioned to fill a great need.
  2. Hope Network fosters inclusiveness by reaching beyond the faith community from which it started.
  3. Hope Network is keenly aware of the importance of networking with other social service agencies. The organization regularly seeks out strategic partnerships, has implemented a referral process, has created a network of resources for the clients it serves, and is a member of MAACLink (a city-wide network of social service agencies operated by the Mid-America Assistance Coalition).


Board of Directors
Blake Clarkson, Integrity Roofing, Siding, and WIndows
Paul Crisafulli, Epic Insurance
John Davis, Honeywell
Laura Davis, First Baptist Raytown
Ron Essary, Ideal Producers Group
Christie Hammond, Hope Network
Richard Hastings, former CEO of St. Luke's Healthcare
Sandy Houston, Hope Network Volunteer
Steve Heath, Empirix
Will Kraus, State Senator
J. Beto Lopez, Arvest Bank
Brandon Park, First Baptist Raytown
Sarah Tate, Hope Network Volunteer
Steve White, Edward Jones