On January 14, 1986, at the age of 12 years old, in a two-bedroom apartment in New Hampshire, Matt experienced hope in a way he never imagined possible. On that night, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He began taking every opportunity he had to share this new-found hope with friends and family, and quickly realized that hope changes everything!
On January 5, 1993, Matt married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Erika. Matt and Erika have seven children – four sons and three daughters – one son in-law, and one German Shepherd.
While serving as a missionary with a world wide children’s ministry, Matt and Erika discovered that they wanted to reach children on another level. Their hearts went out to these children who were hurting, lonely, disadvantaged, and at-risk. On December 16, 2013, they founded Hope for Kids, Inc,. a ministry that reaches kids in need physically, spiritually and relationally. Matt and Erika's vision is to see the lives of children transformed by the message of hope, the Gospel, and as a result, experience healing from the past, help in the present and hope for the future.
Diane’s gift of administration and a love for helping those in need led her to start working with Hope For Kids. Her desire is to assist Matt and Erika with management so that they can focus on their work with the kids.
Prior involvement with managing women’s events and small groups has helped prepare her to take on the role of organizing our fast-growing, multi-faceted ministry.
Diane works full-time as an executive assistant for Cumberland Farms. She and her husband Joe live in Palmer, MA.
Early in their lives (Cameron at age five and Megan at age four), both Cameron and Megan realized their need for a Savior and committed their lives to the Lord. Before they were married in December of 2017, and even before they were engaged, they both knew that the goal for their marriage would be to work together in full-time ministry.
Despite many positive career opportunities, God made it crystal-clear to Cameron in 2016 that the call on his life was to work full-time with Hope for Kids. His vision is to see Satan’s strongholds on the lives of children in Springfield be completely demolished, and to see children renewed with the living hope of Jesus Christ!
Megan was called to join the Hope for Kids team after seeing God's incredible work in action during Summer Impact Clubs 2016. She has always loved telling stories through video, photography, writing and digital design, and she is so grateful for the chance to share the stories of hope that God is working in Springfield through Hope for Kids.
Cameron and Megan's ultimate goal is to bring the gospel to the children of Springfield, telling them about the God who loves them and has a unique, perfect plan for every one of them. As partners with this ministry they want to be consistently present in the lives of these children, seeing them take hold of eternal hope found only in Jesus and sharing this hope in their own families and communities. Cameron and Megan are so excited to live a lifetime fully reliant on God’s provision and guidance, and to see many souls saved by the power of the Gospel.
Sitting in a biology class one afternoon, seventeen-year-old Jeremiah Boulter realized that God was calling him to be different. “What’s it all for?” he thought. Teachers and peers told him he needed a college degree in order to be successful in life, but God laid a challenge on his heart that he did not need to have a fancy title or education to be used of the Lord, but rather just a willingness to follow God.
Two years later, at just nineteen years old, Jeremiah put feet to his faith and set out to prove God for himself by working full time for Hope For Kids Ministries. Even though this meant giving up a promising basketball career in college, something he had worked his whole life for, he could not deny the call of God and chose to move away from everything he knew in New Hampshire to live in Massachusetts and let the Lord provide as He guides.
Brianna has been with Hope for Kids since it first began. Since moving to Richmond, Virginia with her new husband she hasn't been able to participate "in person" at Hope for Kids events. Recently, the volunteer position became open and is a perfect fit for her because her gifts are very administrative. She is able to coordinate volunteers and events all the way from Virginia.
She currently works as a holistic health educator teaching people about using what God gave them on the earth to take the best possible care of their body.
She has a passion to see the city of Springfield rescued from the sadness and hopelessness that surrounds it--especially the young children who just need someone to love them and tell them it will be okay.
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Robert is the Franchise Owner of Chick-fil-A® of Chicopee - the first free-standing Chick-fil-A in New England.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A®, Robert worked for sixteen years as a college professor and department chair of Rehabilitation Counseling at Springfield College. He also served nine years as Pastor of Children’s Ministries at Christ Community Church in Belchertown, MA.
Robert has been married to his wife Deborah for nineteen years. They live in Three Rivers, MA with their four children.
In 2013 with a love for children and being involved in ministry, he joined Hope For Kids. He comes with a conviction that God does not call us to status, privilege or power, He calls us to serve His children.
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Karen is the CEO and owner of Alternative Telecommunications, a voice, data and security company that has been in business for thirty-four years serving the Worcester, Springfield and Connecticut areas. Prior to becoming full-time involved in this business, she worked in executive level management for Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation and American Saw & Manufacturing.
Karen holds Bachelors’ degrees in Accounting and Business Management. She has been married to Jim Patenaude for twenty-nine years and they have three boys.
Her heart’s desire is to serve others and she has always had a soft spot in her heart for children, serving as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, AWANA leader and vacation Bible school teacher. She has also held the position of chairman of her district’s school board.
Karen’s reason for success, she feels, is choosing to act morally and ethically correct in all she does and in giving all honor and glory to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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To “Serve God and love others” is James’ motto, but it has not always been this way. Since he could remember, life was confusing. Perplexed by his parent’s divorce, being a relational-escape-artist and heavy drug user was the norm. James tried to change multiple times but always failed. In 2007, a friend asked him if he understood his relationship with Jesus. That night James came to terms with the truth and received God’s free gift which finally set him free.
In 2012, James married Amy, a faithful servant of Jesus and business owner. Amy experienced her own hardships early in life, but she will tell you that her faith in Jesus is what kept her hopeful and stable. James and Amy live in Huntington, MA and have an adorable daughter under two years old.
Currently, James serves as a chaplain at the Springfield Rescue Mission (SRM). He earned a B.S. in Bible and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership through Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, PA (now Summit University). He is also an alumnus of the Word of Life Bible Institute.
James is currently pursuing certification in biblical counseling through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly NANC). Prior to working at SRM, James was the site director of the Lion’s Den Youth Center as well as a youth pastor at Church in the Acres, Springfield, MA.
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Ellie is the proud mother of the Founder and President of Hope for Kids, Matt Currier. Knowing how busy Matt and Erika were with their many ministry duties, as well as their seven children, and having a desire to be a part of their ministry, she began doing administrative work for them when they were with CEF and then HFK. When the opportunity arose, she volunteered to be the coordinator for Child Protection screening of volunteers for the ministry.
Ellie gave her life to Jesus Christ on July 15, 1985. She has served as a Church Secretary, run a Bible and Christian book ministry, worked at a Christian University and is the secretary at her current church, which is pastored by her brother Pastor Robert Oliver.
Ellie resides in Manchester, NH. Her interests include reading, computers, cats, and especially Bible prophecy.