About Us

Organization – History

River of Hope, an initiative of the Brazosport Ministerial Alliance, is a registered charity (IRS 501(c) 3).

River of Hope opened its doors in June 2007 to begin assisting Brazosport residents in financial crisis with rent and utility shortfalls.    Funding was through the generosity of member congregations in the Brazosport area.  The value of working in partnership with the community was first demonstrated in the assistance of over 100 families following Hurricane Katrina (2008).

Since 2007 River of Hope has assisted hundreds of individuals and families, preventing homelessness.

In addition to monetary assistance, River of Hope refers clients to other resources, as needed, and offers financial education opportunities to help individuals with smart strategies for managing their own resources, directing them toward self-sufficiency.

Volunteers share Christ’s love by praying regularly with and for clients, giving them hope that they will come through their crisis.

River of Hope  collaborates on a regular basis with other organizations, including United Way of Brazoria County, Salvation Army, and the Society of Saint Stephen.


Nanette Freelon
Executive Director, River of Hope
Phone: 979-299-9144         nanette@riverofhopetx.org

Board of Directors:

  • Jason Saddler
  • William Winniford – Treasurer
  • Laura Mergenhagen- Secretary
  • Clif Dusek
  • Mike Rowland
  • Patty Loewe
  • Mary Ruth Rhodenbaugh

Member Churches

River of Hope member churches join in its ministry by supplying funds, volunteers, and spiritual support.  A close partnership exists among River of Hope and other established community organizations and  churches providing the financial assistance necessary to address the needs of others.  In this way the financial crisis needs of those seeking assistance are met in the most effective manner.

Member churches:

Brazosport Christian Center
Grace Bible Church
Emmanuel Baptist Church
The Rock Church


First Baptist Church – Freeport

Lake Jackson:

Trinity Light Church
Willow Drive Baptist Church
Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church
First Baptist Church
Chapelwood United Methodist Church
Hope Fellowship
BrazosPointe Fellowship
St. Timothy’s Episcopal
Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene

How You Can Be Involved

  • If you, your church, and/or your place of business are interested in sharing in this ministry, please contact Executive Director, Nanette Freelon, to learn more.