Superstorm Sandy was the most destructive storm New Jersey has ever experienced.250,000 homes were affected
82,000 homes sustained major damage
161,000 people were displaced.
6 months after the storm an estimated 22,000 families had not been able to move back into their homes.
Communities of Hope walks with communities to identify their assets and develop strategic plans for community transformation. During training, local teams develop a Hope Plan for implementation within their communities.
The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey is committed to resourcing congregations to become apostolic leaders in their communities. A Future with Hope provides Communities of Hope training so that congregations can work with their communities to build on assets, create alliances and transform the world.
Asset-Based Systemic Change
Community Economic Development
Strengthening Multicultural Relationships
5 Key Principles of Communities of Hope
Asset Based: We identify resources in the community and build on their strengths of those resources to create systemic change.
Reverse Learning: Participants in the training are the experts guiding their training by their participation and their contexts.
Social Innovation: The curriculum introduces teams to social entrepreneurship or income generating enterprises that fund the mission and vision of change.
Sustainable Partnership: Hope Teams are supported through eighteen months of technical assistance as they implement their Hope Plans, discern early learnings, troubleshoot challenges and evaluate impact.
Investment: Hope Teams are eligible for up to $2500 in seed grant funding to jump start implementation and community transformation.