BY MELANIE BUCK –
Streams of Hope Ministry recognizes that aged-out orphans, the homeless, and those recently released from jail are some of the most vulnerable, and yet forgotten, groups of people in this country. Realizing the needs of those struggling, Streams of Hope, led by President Bobbie Himel, have made it their mission to reach-out, connect with, and teach them how to become ‘Victors not Victims.’
Their website (www.streamsofhopeministry.org) states, “Our Goal is to help bring the community’s help and resources together and to find what is missing and try and fill that void. We put “Care Packages” together to give to homeless, recently released incarcerated, aged out orphans, and others as the Lord leads.”
These ‘care packages’ include items for personal hygiene, a Bible with a note on why to read it, Himel’s book Starting Your Victorious Life, information on local services, and a list of places to worship in the area. Also offered with the care packages are: one-on-one support and prayer, conferences and revivals, and Bibles and books to help people grow their relationship with the Lord.
There are many ways the public can help with this ministry including donating personal hygiene items, new Bibles, and gift bags. Also needed are people to provide temporary and transitional shelters for the homeless. One time donations can be made as well as, monthly sustainer donations. All monetary gifts are used to provide items for care packages and shelters or shelter needs.
Streams of Hope has a long-term goal of providing a full time transitional shelter. The ministry is currently creating fundraisers to start their first home, to be built in Polk County. Monthly sustainers are also in need for this portion of the ministry. A goal of $300,000 has been set for the construction and first year operations of the home. That includes the home, a van, maintaining 12-14 people, one full-time live-in, and on full-time administrator. After that, approximately $150,000 would be needed to maintain the residence.
The transitional shelter will help those in need gain living skills, counseling, education, and spiritual counseling, and “helping them get to the correct resources to help them maintain a healthy life style to be a positive member of society.”
If you would like more information on how you can help, call 479-437-9348 or by visiting their website.