What is Together for Hope?
Together for Hope is CBF’s rural poverty initiative in over 25 of the poorest counties and parishes in the United States, committing to no less than 20 years in each community.
Where is Together for Hope?
There are four regions in the United States where Together for Hope is currently engaged in local asset-based community development. ALMA is the region that includes Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The Appalachian/Atlantic region is made up of Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The Border/West region includes Arizona and Texas. The High Plains region represents South Dakota.
What is local asset-based community development?
In an impoverished community, it’s easy to focus only on the perceived needs of a community. In asset-based development, community members look for the buildings, events, people, etc. that can be leveraged into a solution to address the needs of the community members. Local stakeholders hold the power and make plans and decisions about their community. Together for Hope walks and works alongside these community members to leverage these assets.
How can I get involved?
Along the way, projects develop that could use partners. You or your church can partner with local churches, organizations and individuals in Together for Hope communities. Together for Hope as community development can only be successful through healthy long-term relationships. That’s where you can help. You can give toward projects and operating costs, you can pray for communities, and you can develop long-term relationships.
What does long-term commitment look like for me/my church/my organization?
Together for Hope is made possible by the partners that we have in the local communities and through long-term engagement. Churches or individuals who intentionally plan to continue relationships with Together for Hope communities have found the relationships they’ve developed to be very rewarding.
Why long-term commitment? Great relationships take years to form and community development depends on those relationships. When a church commits to partnering with a community on a long-term basis, the community and the church/individual are changed. Long-term relationships are built on respect, reciprocity, relationship, and reconciliation. The ability to watch a child grow into a young leader and to watch a community change over the years of your church’s engagement is priceless.