by Terri Durham, Office Coordinator, Seeds of Hope
Seeds of Hope will celebrate 25 years of spiritual, educational and social support to Casa Grande in 2018. Since the beginning, countless names and faces have left a mark on our organization, touching the lives of those who are broken, discouraged and seeking support in our community.
What began as a God-dream to bridge the gap between churches and the underserved has become the heartbeat of our community – partnering with people, businesses and other resources that provide opportunities to improve lives.
Countless people paved the way for Seeds of Hope to become what it is today. Past board members and directors carved out the mission and values from the beginning. A desire to offer help and hope to those in need was always at the forefront of decision making. Seeing enthusiastic participation in our early programs – after school and hot lunch – was affirmation we were following God’s direction and provided us motivation for the future.
Today, behind all we do at the Hot Lunch, After-School, Jobs For Life, Los Angeles de Esperanza, Stanfield Medical Clinic, MACC Wellness Clinic, and Community Garden programs are a multitude of volunteers who are the hands and feet of Jesus as they serve. With a kind word, gentle answer or hope- filled arm around a shoulder, these individuals embody our mission to improve lives through relationships. They are encouraged by the lasting changes made in the lives they touch.
So what will the next 25 years look like for Seeds of Hope? There will be many more faces and names, but the mission will be the same: promoting opportunities to improve lives through relationships and community development. We are committed to bringing people together to make our community a better place to live, work and play.
We invite you to join us as we celebrate the people of our past, present and future at our 25th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church of Casa Grande. Find out more about the evening, ticket information and donation opportunities at www.seedsofhopeaz.com.