“So often we walk along the road of life
Discouraged and full of our own problems.
We are afraid to suffer.
We are frightened to be with others who suffer.
We seek distractions; we try to forget
And to escape reality.
We want to be comfortable and secure.
We are caught up in ourselves.
We do not recognize Jesus, alive and present,
In all those who are suffering in our world.”
-Jean Vanier “I walk with Jesus”
New Hope has different ways to intentionally serve and share life with our neighboring community. From being a part of our tutoring program, coaching basketball at our local school, providing scholarships for our Little Sprouts Pre-school or building relationships with our un-housed neighbors, we invite you to learn more below!
Tutoring is one of the earliest community engagement opportunities that New Hope engaged in. Seeing a huge need for homework help, learning English as a second language, and advocated in the school system, members of New Hope opened up their homes for students to from the beginning.
New Hope has now centralized their tutoring program to Thursday evenings to that they can maximize volunteers and resources. This is also a way for the students and their families to be reminded that they are not alone and that they belong to our community. New Hope's tutoring program is committed to the students of Oakland's Oak Tree and Fruitvale neighborhoods and seeing them succeed in their young lives as students and whole persons.
Every Thursday (while school is in session) we meet from 6:30pm – 8pm online to work with students from kindergarten to 12th grade (for some, even into their first few years of college). We provide a safe space to study, offer homework help, and access to technology. We also provide a heavy snack for students to help them focus on their studies and meet their needs as a whole person.
If you are interested in volunteering, providing a heavy snack, and/or need tutoring services, please contact our church administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Little Sprouts Pre-school
In 2002, New Hope purchased and renovated the 2626 E 16th property in part from proceeds from its successful Oak Park Apartments lawsuit (see more of this story and New Hope's History here). In response to the desires and needs of the local community for quality early-childhood programming, Little Sprouts Preschool was created. The program runs Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm.
Little Sprouts Preschool believes in developing the whole-child (physically, mentally, social-emotionally, and spiritually) through age appropriate play-based activities. The program balances structure and free-choice, including child-initiated play as well as teacher directed activities. They treat each child with love and respect as a unique individual created in the image of God.
As a body, we seek to continue to build love in the heart of the city by becoming our partner as a "Sproutlet Sponsor" monthly donor. The funds provide vital support that offer scholarships to immigrant and low-income families. To learn more about being a Sproutlet Sponsor or about Little Sprouts program in general, please check out the school's web site: LittleSproutsOakland.org.
Our Unhoused Neighbors
As we aim to share life with our unhoused neighbors, we have developed programs to meet their unique needs. One was our weekly shower ministry which has now grown into a meal service. Every Sunday we have the opportunity to prepare and serve breakfast and dinner with our neighbors. We welcome individuals or groups to join us in this opportunity to meet and connect with our often forgotten neighbors.