Rushton’s Hope is a local faith-based organization that runs numerous programs to tend to the needs of the community.
Rushton’s Hope recently launched Hope for Family Life — a branch of its ministry aimed at supporting mothers. Until recently, the program operated only on Wednesdays, but will begin operating on Fridays as well beginning Feb. 1.
Pastor Ron Cook — who founded Rushton’s Hope along with his wife Wanda in 2007 — said Hope for Family Life is filling a need in the community that was left vacant with the closing of Caring House about three years ago.
He said that Hope for Family Life aims to support mothers from conception through child rearing by offering classes on a variety of topics such as Pregnancy Development, Preparing for Birth, Bringing Home Baby, Newborn and Baby Care,
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Toddler Life and Middle School and Teenagers.
They also offer an “Earn While You Learn” program where mothers can acquire baby supplies such as diapers, formula and other essentials.
Currently, they meet in The Flint Center at 814 Experiment Street, but Cook hopes that in future they can find a home or more private setting for mothers to meet in.
He said that they have a need for volunteers and for funding. With more volunteers, they hope to be able to offer a night class for mothers who work during the day.
They have also launched a Baby Boomerang Bottle program where they distribute baby bottles to be filled with change or bills and returned to Rushton’s Hope to support the program.
Cook said some of the other programs under the Rushton’s Hope umbrella — such as Philemon’s Hope, their jail ministry — need volunteers as well. He said in the past, this ministry thrived but a decrease in involvement has caused it to taper off.
Two other programs that are new to Rushton’s Hope are Hope for Health which helps people with emergency medical expenses and Hope for Housing which Cook said is aimed at helping people find safe and affordable housing — particularly those that do not qualify for other local housing assistance programs.
“We have a desire to see people housed no matter what their situation is,” Cook said.
He said that in all their programs, they aim to help people find a plan to their independence.
If you are interested in volunteering with Hope for Family Life, call Wanda Cook at 770-468-6600.