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Transforming the City, One Life at a Time 

Volunteers' Feedback On SSP Xperience 2.0  

'The experience provided a glimpse into the emptiness, desperation and loneliness of a community that feels abandoned.  The experience also revealed how the people of God, committed to forging deep and intimate relationships, can bring hope to the hopeless.'
- Edmond L

'The activity gave us a good experience to understand how the people under poverty may live.'
- Marcus F
 

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER NEEDS (Oct & Nov / on-going)

Oct 10 Cheung Sha Wan
Chung Yeung Festival Family Outing
Oct 29 Shek Kip Mei
Mobile Shopping Fair
Nov 26 Shek Kip Mei
Mobile Shopping Fair


UPCOMING EVENT

Oct 23 & 30 Quarry Bay
Feeding HK Food Drive

Please click here for the full list of volunteer opportunities and registration.

 
September 2016 - Hope of the City Newsletter

 

SSP Xperience 2.0

Our second SSP Xperience 2.0, held in Sham Shui Po on Sept 9 -10, attracted 15 participants from Island ECC. This overnight poverty awareness event began with a prayer by Pastor Sherman Chau, followed by visits to families living in sub-divided homes and a trek to the flyover to serve tea and boiled eggs to some 50 street sleepers. The evening wound up with a meal at a roof top dai pai dong and prayer on the mount.

Day 2 began with two moving interviews, with a struggling mother of three, and a former street kid who found Christ through a community centre supported by Hope of the City. Next up: our ‘Amazing Race,’ when teams competed to source ingredients for two meals for a family of four, on a $50 budget! Our final stop was at a soup kitchen for games and lunch with the regular ‘buddies.’

Mid-Autumn Festival Home Visits

Every Mid-Autumn Festival, Hope of the City partners with the North Point Hong Kong Family Welfare Society and Yan Kei Church to make festival home visits to low-income families. This year, on Sept 3 and 10, Hope of the City recruited 33 volunteers to visit 37 families, to deliver festival goodies and share encouragement. Many volunteers reported being greeted with bright smiles from families who appreciated them giving time on their day off to visit them. Several volunteers felt that the home visits were too short and hoped they could see the families again. We’re eager to see that happen!


 

English Fun Day

Twenty primary school students in Sham Shui Po had a great opportunity to practise their English during our English Fun Day at Mei Ho House on Sept 17. Twenty-four volunteers from Bank of America Merrill Lynch prepared a variety of English-based games and activities, making for a noisy and laughter-filled Saturday afternoon for both kids and volunteers! The children earned handfuls of game prizes and each one also went home with a cute backpack and a full set of back-to-school stationery, donated by BofAML and The Y’s Men respectively.

Kids' Mentorship Program 

Hope of the City runs a Kids’ Mentorship Program in collaboration with J-life community centre, pairing 18 mentors with nine children for shared monthly activities. On Sept 17, our mentors met up with the kids at Mei Ho House in Sham Shui Po to guide them in discovering their dreams. Through the sharing of desires and fears, the mentors learned about barriers to the kids’ dream fulfilment, while the kids discovered that their mentors too have dreams yet to be realized. Together, they folded and flew paper airplanes, symbolically releasing their dreams. Our mentors also wrote letters of encouragement, dated forward for the kids to read when they enter a future stage of life.

NTK Elderly Home Visits Kick Off

Our Fall visits to the elderly in Ngau Tau Kok kicked off on Sept 24 with a get-to-know-you dim sum lunch. We’re delighted to report that we now have 60 Hope of the City volunteers visiting 77 elderly people every month in Ngau Tau Kok. Some new volunteers told us that their reason for signing up was because these home visits are not one-off, but a long-term channel for building relationships with the elderly. That’s so encouraging because that’s exactly what we want! We still have more elderly waiting for visitors, so please contact us if you can help.
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Hope of the City Foundation 
8/F, 633 King's Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
+852 3470 3000







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