Project Hope’s mission is to eliminate hopelessness in the North Texas Area by providing a program of coaching, training, education, and opportunity to all people who want to move from an impoverished lifestyle to a sustainable, quality lifestyle. The program focuses on seven areas: Family, Faith, Education, Career, Budget, Health, and Personal Issues.
For more information, contact Betsy Crawford. You can also visit our Serving Others page to find others ways to get involved at Christ United.
Encourages participants to actively be involved in a faith community of their choice and meets regularly with their assigned family. We ask that these coaches commit to being with a participant for at least one year.
Works with participants on preparing resumes, practicing interviews, and developing job searching skills.
Tutoring and Computer Coaches:
Provide individualized and direct assistance to participants while they are enrolled in academic or occupational training. Tutoring coaches are prepared to work with participants on subjects such as math, language, writing, science, etc.
Meets regularly with the participant to help them establish workable short term and long term budgets. We ask that these coaches commit to being with a participant for at least one year.
Seminar Presenters and Volunteers:
Seminars are offered on topics such as budgeting, parenting, home safety, developing study skills, etc. Volunteers are welcome to present a topic or for one of the seminars.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I qualified to be a coach?
If you have desire to support participants in creating a better future and if you want to make a difference in their life, you can be a coach. Training and resource material is provided as well.
How are the participants chosen? Each participant submits a formal program application and is then interviewed by the Director of Project Hope. A background check is also performed on each adult participant. After the director understands their needs, they will match them with the coach that best meets their needs.
Want To Enroll in the Program?
There are many different learning opportunities within this program and the participant’s time commitment varies from weekly to twice a month. The program aims to enrich the lives of you and everyone in your family by improving your skills in many areas. If you want to learn about how you can be a part of Project Hope, please contact Betsy Crawford. or click on How to Apply.
What you can expect as a Project Hope participant
Project Hope Scholarships:
Each participant signs a contract that stipulates goals for specific areas such as education, career, faith and other objectives determined by the participant. As a Project Hope Scholarship recipient, you may receive financial aid for occupational training, college tuition, books, GED assistance, testing expenses, transportation expenses, seminars, etc. based on the continued progress of these stated goals.
Mentors and Coaches:
As a participant in Project Hope, you will meet weekly to twice a month with assigned coaches that will provide support, encouragement, information and a sense of connection for you. Mentors can assist in areas such as preparing resumes, tutoring for academics, establishing a workable budget or improving computer skills.
Project Hope offers computer training in a small group setting as well as personalized tutoring. Classes are offered in popular topics including Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, email, and internet usage.
Project Hope Seminars:
Seminars will be offered on topics including personal safety, working with your child’s teachers, maintaining your automobile, maintaining your home or developing study skills.
Parent Support Groups:
Project Hope hosts informal discussion groups offering families support in areas including parenting, personal, and family issues.
Want To Start Project Hope At Your Church?
For more information, contact Betsy Crawford. She will provide you with all the information you may need as well as all the forms and materials needed for your program to be as impactful as it can!
Project Hope Success Stories
Maribel and Luis
For Maribel and Luis, Project Hope is a family affair. Maribel first learned of Project Hope during a visit to their family doctor. She explains, “I realized that becoming part of Project Hope would mean our family must agree to the rules, that we would be making a commitment of our time. I also felt that if I didn’t take the step to be part of the program, I might miss the chance to study, graduate, and get a better job and succeed.”
With personal determination and support from her coaches, Maribel received her GED. She then went on to complete her Associate’s degree from Collin College. The same support has helped Luis gain the confidence needed in the workplace. He now has a better job with a good salary and benefits.
Maribel says she isn’t deterred by the commitment and meetings required by Project Hope. “I really enjoy meeting with my coaches. The time I spend with them is touching. I wish everyone was as giving as they are. I think they are doing what Jesus would do. Just like Jesus, they have made the decision to help other people. My dream is that all the people in the world would give something of themselves to make the world a better place.”
Precious was a young single mother when she and her young son were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. After the hurricane, she and her son came to Dallas but were separated from their extended family members. Eventually Precious, her son, her mother and 7 siblings were reunited while staying at a temporary shelter at Christ United.
Once settled into their own home in the community, Precious decided to join Project Hope. This began her journey towards a brighter future for herself and her son. While in the program, Precious earned her Certified Nurses Aid Certificate, got her driver’s license and purchased her first car.
When asked about Project Hope, Precious states “I just loved talking to my coaches so much. I would have been lost without this program. They never let me give up and I felt like I could talk to them about anything. They became like family.”