CCM to inHope transition
In October, Crisis Centre Ministries’ Trustees and Members voted overwhelmingly to change the charity’s name to inHope. This marked the end of a two year journey of prayer, consultation and reflection as we developed an understanding of what made our charity unique. But it also heralded the start of an exciting adventure as we develop new ways to share God’s hope in Bristol.
The name inHope reflects the aims of our Development Plan, with its focus upon encouraging spiritual engagement, enabling employment and increasing access to housing –all aims that emphasise hope beyond the crisis. The change of name is an outward representation of an inward change that has already occurred, and which is present in all four projects. Food and shelter remain a crucial part of the work that we do together. But those who come to us want and need us to offer a broader and deeper range of services and opportunities for their restoration.
Those who use each project find hope in different ways, from the visitor to the East Bristol Foodbank who can get emergency food AND support with managing their money, to the woman who stays at Spring of Hope who can find somewhere safe to stay AND is able to move into long term accommodation. From the person who gets a meal in the Wild Goose AND someone to pray with them, to someone attending the Life Course AND believing in themselves for the first time in years. inHope reflects this vision to everyone who is involved with the ministry -to volunteers, partners, supporters, churches, businesses and most importantly, to those who use our projects every day.
Now that the exciting transformation has begun, you will notice some changes over the next few months. New logos were presented at the AGM and by the start of January you will notice a new website and changes to email addresses, social media accounts and our publications.Changes to buildings and the delivery van will follow, and there will be a service of thanks and rededication at the end of January. Date, time and venue will be announced once arrangements have been finalised.
Amidst the transformation, in Hope will retain the ethos that has lasted for 35 years, meeting people at their point of crisis. in Hope will remain reliant on the huge number of wonderful supporters, churches and volunteers who together make such an enormous contribution to help transform people’s lives, offering hope and a future.