Contact: Rich and Karen Bartels
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Welcome to the HOPE :worldwide - Colorado Springs’s website! Our organization strives to meet the needs in the Pikes Peak region through our volunteers. Our focus is currently two-fold: Hope for the HOMELESS and HOPE for the HELPLESS.
Hope for the HOMELESS is our effort to serve the homeless in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. In 2013, according to the Point in Time survey, there were 1,171 homeless persons in El Paso County. 33% (386) were families with children, 31% (363) were identified as chronic drug abusers, 26% (304) were experiencing severe mental illness, 14% (164) were veterans and 14% (164) were victims of domestic violence. While some of the individuals fell into more than one category, 1,171 individuals still need love and to know that they are valued as individuals.
Matthew 25:40 “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Hope for the HELPLESS is how the Colorado chapter works to serve foster children in the Pikes Peak region. In 2013 there were approximately 700 children and only 200 foster homes. HOPE worldwide: Colorado Springs works with the Department of Social Services and local intake facilities to ensure that as children come into the foster care system, they have a backpack filled with items that are age and gender appropriate. These HOPE Packs are filled by local partners including Russell Middle School which, 70% of its own students are on free or reduced lunches. It is the generous donations from people like the students in the area that allow us to show love to these children!
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.