In 2016, a group of men and women united in their goal and God’s to be bolder in loving our neighbors with mercy and the Good News of the Gospel. Their desire was to see Bible-believing churches around the valley united in ministry in the Roanoke Valley.
The first step together was in early 2017 when over 35 attended a discussion on the ministry of Jobs for Life™. From that grew our first Jobs for Life™ class at Christ Our Redeemer Church with 10 students from the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Lodge. Volunteers from 7 different churches taught and mentored these students and saw seven of them graduate and move on to new jobs and new hope. In 2021 we completed our sixth class, and our first held at the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
Beginning in 2018, we saw the need for more organization and the need to expand ministry beyond Jobs for Life™. Restoring Hope Roanoke, Inc. (RHR) was incorporated in Virginia as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with founding board members Doug Hart, Ken Ferris, Lanell Otey, Mark Poole, and Ben Wisdom.
Restoring Hope Roanoke has grown beyond Jobs for Life™ but with the same mission to equip and assist Gospel-believing local churches to build helpful and loving relationships with our neighbors in need and together to discover true hope in Jesus Christ and His Church.
Our four areas of focus are:
- Church engagement
- Community development
- Training and conferences
Take a few minutes and explore what we do and find your place in building loving relationships with your neighbors in need!