Hope Network is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose roots began with the desire of the congregation of Connection Point Church 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:
- 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.
- Hope Network fosters inclusiveness by reaching beyond the faith community from which it started.
- 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
Laura Davis, Connection Point Church
John Davis, Honeywell, Hope Network Board President
J. Beto Lopez, Guadalupe Center, COO
Sandy Houston, Hope Network Volunteer
Sarah Tate, Hope Network Volunteer
Paul Crisafulli, Epic Insurance
Chris Ellis, Connection Point Church Finance Committtee Chairman
Jason Powell, Connection Point Church Deacon Chairman
Steve Baiotto, Database Administrator
Michele Workman, Hope Network Executive Director
Nathalie Kuhns, Connection Point Church
Brian Edwards, GEHA
Curt Fieleke, Retired Pastor
Lucretia Raby, Lucretia Raby Consulting