The Hope for Kids Den IN ACTION!

On June 16, we held a dedication service at the Hope for Kids Den! We are so thankful for each volunteer from Hope for Kids who came to support this new part of our ministry. We were also blessed by several volunteers who worked with The Lion's Den when they owned our building--it was amazing to hear stories of God's faithfulness through the years within these walls! Pictures from this awesome night will be coming soon.

Check out this video recapping what God has already done in three short months at the Hope for Kids Den.

Kids Club at the Hope for Kids Den!

We had such a great time this past Thursday at the last week of our brand-new Kids Club program! Teens from Pioneer Valley Christian Academy provided dinner for everyone and helped lead the event, and we were able to give away huge bags of popcorn to all the kids thanks to a generous donation from the Springfield Rescue Mission! We are looking forward to running this Kids Club again beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Check out pictures from this awesome night below!


Weekly Recap | May 20-26


This was an awesome week here at Hope for Kids! On Sunday, we celebrated two birthdays at Hope for Kids Family Church. Getting to see the kids who attend almost every week instead of just once a month is so awesome. Not only are we getting to know them, but they are getting to know us. We have real friendships with these kids and they know they can trust us. God's love makes all the difference!

On Tuesday and Thursday, the Hope for Kids Den was full of teens and kids. We only have one more week of our "pilot" clubs at our new building, but we can't wait to launch our after-school programs at full force in the 2018-2019 school year.

There's never a dull moment at our Thursday night kids program! Check out how the kids learned about Jesus walking on water on Thursday night below.

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On Friday night, we got together with some of our Impact Clubs team. Any opportunity we have to hang out and strengthen relationships within our team is always a great time! We can't wait to serve together this summer and reach even more kids with the Gospel. Learn more about our 2018 Impact Clubs here!

The latest from Hope for Kids!

So much is happening here at Hope for Kids! Between finalizing plans for summer ministry, finishing out our six-week teens and kids programs, and moving our office from Hampden to our new building in Indian Orchard, our days have been packed. We are so excited to see all that God has planned for these next few months. Please keep our team in your prayers as we wait on Him! 


Volunteer Shoutout: Hannah

This week's #HFKvolunteers shoutout goes to Hannah Person, one of our Impact Clubs Training graduates! At this month's Club Hope event last Saturday, she stepped up and did a great job keeping track of the kids in her group throughout the day. It's been awesome getting to see her growing as a leader and building relationships with these kids. Thank you for all you do, Hannah! The Hope for Kids family would not be the same without you.


Get involved!

One of the best ways to connect with kids in Springfield is bringing them to a HFK church service or after school event. Once you bring the kids to an event, you will have an awesome opportunity to spend time with them and build relationships as they participate in our planned programming. Please let us know if you are interested in being a part of our transportation team and a Hope for Kids staff member will help you schedule pick up and drop off with a family.


"I want to be a teacher when I grow up. Teachers help you know what to do. I like my teachers."

"No word from God will ever fail." - Luke 1:37

Club Hope | May 2018

This weekend, Hope for Kids hosted our final Club Hope of the 2017-2018 season.

We are so grateful to the volunteers who poured so much energy into every event this year. Hope is happening in Springfield because of your work with these children! Lives are being changed as the love of Jesus is poured into young hearts and minds through your service and relationships with these kids.

This month, we asked the Hope for Kids family about their favorite part of this Club Hope year. Check it out in this month's video below!

Thanks to Tim Gavrilov for photographing this event for us! Check out photos from this weekend below.

Club Hope | April 2018

Club Hope this Saturday was awesome! This month, the kids learned about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the fear of the future. We are so thankful for every volunteer who came out to make this event possible. Every child who attended had a chance to hear about how much God loves them as the Hope for Kids family invested in their lives. Check out the video and photo gallery below.

VOLUNTEERS: to sign up for our final Club Hope of the 2017-2018 school year, please click here!

The Hope for Kids Outreach Center

Hope for Kids has been given an incredible gift. Although we have been dreaming that God would make it possible for us to open a building a few years down the road, He has opened the door for Hope for Kids to have our very own building this year. 

A few weeks ago, The Lion's Den, a ministry based out of Indian Orchard in Springfield, contacted Pastor Matt and asked for a meeting. This seemed completely out of the blue, but God had a plan! The Lion's Den has had a presence in the Springfield area for almost twenty years, accomplishing a mission similar to ours as they reached children with the Gospel and built relationships with the kids who were a part of their programs. Now, many of their kids have "aged out" of the Lion's Den's target age group and a lot of their volunteers have moved on. They were ready to pass on their mission, building, supporters, and community connections to a ministry that could pick up where they left off: and they called Hope for Kids.

This new building in the Indian Orchard area brings so many new opportunities for our ministry. God opened this door in His perfect timing and we cannot wait to flood this building with kids who are ready to hear about Him! Please be praying for our team as we begin renovating this building and work through the details of exactly how God would have us use this space. We are so grateful for this incredible gift. 

Club Hope | March 2018

This month's event was awesome! The kids had a great lunch (who doesn't love pizza?!) and learned about Easter, Joseph of Arimathea, and how they can conquer the fear of embarrassment. Caleb did a great job stepping up to direct the green bus and lead games while Jeremiah was on his honeymoon! There are only two more Club Hope events left in the 2017-2018 season, and our volunteers did an amazing job making this month's event fun, meaningful and memorable. Check out the video and photo gallery below to see Club Hope in action!

Sharing Hope: Mariah's Story

"This past Club Hope has to be one of the best Club Hopes I’ve ever been too. Not much had changed. There was nothing new to add the the agenda. No crazy behavior other than kids being kids. But for me this was so altering for my heart. God had been preparing me for this club beforehand.

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You see, I have this tendency to go to Club Hope with a certain agenda and expectations. I’m going to make sure the kids aren’t too crazy and the behavior is always controlled. I’m going to dig deep into the personal stuff and pull out what’s been going on. (Lots of pride from me huh?)
But a friend of mine sent me a verse that God was stirring in my heart: 'How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?' (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

I had been doing that a lot lately and not even realizing it. I would go in and try to do things by my own effort and walk away frustrated or disconnected or both.

Today was different.

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Today I came and I just wanted to love the kids. I didn't want to change behaviors or force conversation. I just wanted to understand where they were at. I just wanted to love them with no expectations in return. It seems simple but sometimes life and your own plans have a way of complicating things and missing the whole point.

There was one girl in particular - one I met at Impact Clubs this year. I was the one who went to her house and found her family and brought them. She remembered me when I didn't remember her. She just slid up next to me and hugged me. And when I realized who she was, it was like God was showing me how much He's still using me even when I forget or get caught up in little things. Her face was just so glad to see me and be near me. It was like I understood what God wants from us. I was just really humbled today.


The story doesn’t end there.

During group time they made me almost cry. At one point one of the girls started talking about fear and how she gets that feeling of fear like someone is walking behind her waiting to attack her but in reality there is no one there. A lot of the other girls agreed. And so I asked them what they did to make the fear go away. Some said think positive or think other thoughts. I asked them what happens when that didn't work? They just said they stayed afraid.

As I kept questioning them, I asked them, "what do we actually do for you? Why are you here? What’s the point of you being here? Sure we provide a safe place for now but what happens when you go back home? What do you get here that you bring back home?" (My tone was forceful, almost accusative because I wanted them to understand that I wanted real answers--not just answers they'd think I'd like.)

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One girl answered "You give us hope."

My heart just broke. Like wow. Hope. Real tangible hope. Real truth. That no matter what God is always with them. God is powerful and true. That they can believe that no matter what comes their way. That God sees EVERYTHING that is happening in their lives. He see all the pain and sorrow and moments that life brings and he CARES. He cares about them so much and they can believe that.

I told them all of that and it's so crazy to be privileged to be the one to declare these truths to them. They just let me speak and they even gave their feedback but ultimately today they just needed to know God cares.

It’s so simple that it’s easy to miss. I’m so glad I put my perspective right so I didn’t miss it.