Kids Hope USA®
What is Our Mission?
Form caring and life-changing relationships, one at a time:
One Child. One Hour. One Church. One School.
What is Kids HOPE USA?
Kids HOPE USA churches give hope to children in public elementary schools through a relationship with a caring adult from the partnering church.
H: Helping to meet the emotional, social, and academic needs of at-risk children by giving them a one-to-one relationship with a mentor from our church.
O: Owned by our church. This is our ministry to children and families in our community.
P: Prayer is the foundation for our work. Each adult-child relationship is wrapped in prayer from a behind-the-scenes prayer partner from our church.
E: Elementary school children are our focus. They need mentoring most because they are at that critical time when values are formed, self-esteem is developed and academic skills must be acquired.
Become a Mentor
Love children and be sensitive to their needs
Be ready to listen to a child
Have your own transportation
Be a member/regular attendee of our church
Be there for only your child
Be faithful – one hour each week for one year
Believe in your child
Be at least 16 years of age
Become a Prayer Partner
Love for children and the convic on that prayer changes things
Areas of Responsibility:
Make a commitment to faithfully pray for a KIDS HOPE USA mentor and the child he/she is assigned
Contact the mentor on a regular basis to get a progress report on:
• Mentor/child relationship
• Child’s strengths and weaknesses
• Any other prayer needs including joys and concerns
Other Ways to Help
Become a Substitute Mentor
Be available to stand in for a mentor who must miss a session. See above for mentor responsibilities.
Help with Administration
Working with Deaconess Suzanne to help run the program and organize events.
Please feel free to contact Deaconess Suzanne at 847-359-1549 if you’re interested in getting involved.
Through generous donations and a Thrivent Action Team Grant we collected over 40 backpacks for Virginia Lake Elementary School – our partner for Kid’s HOPE. School supplies to fill the backpacks were graciously donated by the Immanuel community. In this photo a trunk full of school supplies was being given to Virginia Lake Elementary School assistant principal Karen Daly by Deaconess Suzanne.