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).
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.
Since 2007 River of Hope has assisted hundreds of individuals and families, preventing homelessness, and collaborates on a regular basis with other organizations, including United Way of Brazoria County, Salvation Army, and Society of St . Stephen.
Executive Director, River of Hope
Board of Directors:
- Jason Saddler
- William Winniford – Treasurer
- Laura Mergenhagen- Secretary
- Clif Dusek
- Mike Rowland
- Patty Loewe
- Mary Ruth Rhodenbaugh
River of Hope member churches join in its ministry by supplying funds and volunteers. A close partnerships exists among River of Hope and other established community organizations and churches providing financial assistance. In this way the financial crisis needs of those seeking assistance are met in the most effective manner.
Brazosport Christian Center
Grace Bible Church
Emmanuel Baptist Church
The Rock Church
First Baptist Church – Freeport
Trinity Light Church
Willow Drive Baptist Church
Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church
First Baptist Church
Chapelwood United Methodist Church
St. Timothy’s Episcopal
Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene
How Your Church Can Be Involved
- If your church is interested in sharing in this ministry, please contact Executive Director, Nanette Freelon, to learn more.