Partner in Hope Links:
Our Mission: The CARE Center seeks to impact southeastern Madison County by reducing poverty through education initiatives, employment resources, recovery programs, and emergency services. Our desire is to take a transformational approach to poverty, through which we help people move toward fullness of life with dignity, justice, and hope. We do not deny the power of structural economic forces, but as we approach the under-resourced, we do so from the perspective that those presently in poverty are fully capable human beings with much to offer. We strongly believe that by discovering their own unique talents, all people can fulfill their Creator’s intentions.
Our Belief: We believe that to affect change we must come along side our disadvantaged neighbors and address both the marred identity and vocational issues of those that struggle against a lack of resources.
What We Do: We implement asset-based programs which address education; provision of essential supplies; the connecting of resources from within and outside the community; and invest in the community’s human capital. This concept is relational and a picture of Christ’s love for us. We anticipate the outcome of our presence to reflect a community that has been raised-up and empowered. A neighborhood that has the ability to harness the energy of its people to develop local food resources; increase local jobs; access high quality pre K-12th grade and post-secondary education; and provide adequate housing.
Our Partners: To effectively address the needs of the disadvantaged in the community, the CARE Center partners with other non-profits, foundations, churches, businesses, individuals, and community stake holders who are also willing to advocate on behalf of our neighbors. Through our collaborative efforts, the CARE Center and its partners are bringing local resources to a Southeastern Madison County.
Who we serve: The families and children that we serve live at or below the poverty level. Often times these are single mothers who live doubled and tripled up in trailer homes that are in disrepair. According to the McKinney Vento Act, homelessness is defined as sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason. In some cases, we find that these same mothers have become victims of slumlords who have taken advantage of their humble means. Sadly, the children are the casualty, in these difficult situations, because they have no voice.
Why we choose to serve: At times modern society with its fast pace and emphasis on the material separates us from those less fortunate. It breaks down community. It robs people of hope. We choose to serve and partner with our neighbors where they need assistance while appreciating the uniqueness and dignity of each individual. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he responded Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments Matthew 22:37-40. Therefore, it is not only our neighbors that benefit from The CARE Center’s efforts but so do those who choose to serve. We pray you will join us in becoming a Partner in Hope as together we can grow in His grace, offer hope to the hopeless, and reduce poverty in southeastern Madison County.
In His service,
Scriptural Basis for Partner in Hope
We are called to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31:8-9
“…the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.
Jesus called out to them, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!" Mark 1:17
“Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people…Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.” Romans 12:15-18
The Golden Rule ““Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12
“Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.
7 Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
8 “Then your salvation will come like the dawn,
and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward,
and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind.
9 Then when you call, the LORD will answer.
‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.
“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
10 Feed the hungry,
and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
11 The LORD will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring.
12 Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.
Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls
and a restorer of homes.”
“Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21
"Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do. 11 There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor" Deuteronomy 15:10