“Helping Other People Emerge” is both the name and the mission statement of H.O.P.E. Outreach. H.O.P.E. was founded twelve years ago by Chris Carpenter, the pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church at that time. Parishioners saw a great need in their east central Mesa neighborhood, and together have worked diligently to grow H.O.P.E. into the successful church ministry it is today.
While H.O.P.E.’s main mission is to provide emergency food boxes for the east central Mesa community, food is not the only service the agency provides. Along with providing information and referrals for numerous services that might be needed by those in financial crisis, each fall H.O.P.E. also provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children in its neighborhood.
When each Christmas season rolls around, H.O.P.E. organizes and operates an Advent Giving Tree program. This year alone the Giving Tree program provided gifts to over 125 families!
As a ministry of the church, H. O. P. E. is generously funded by Christ the King. But H.O.P.E. also has a great support system in the children and families of Christ the King Catholic School, which focuses many of its donation and fundraising efforts on H.O.P.E.
The future looks bright for H.O.P.E. Christ the King Catholic Church and H.O.P.E. have begun working on their five-year plan to create a new facility for their food box distributions. The building in which the agency now operates will either be improved dramatically, or destroyed and rebuilt in the same location by 2018.
We at United Food Bank could not fulfill our mission of feeding hungry people without agencies like H.O.P.E. We are proud to have H.O.P.E. as part of the United Food Bank family!