HOPE GALA 2021
Mark it on your calendar! A Night of HOPE will be held at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle on October 21! We are excited to return to a live setting to honor the people and groups that have supported HOPE throughout the years. This year we will be honoring former HOPE Executive Director Carole Troum, Pastor Wayne Francis and Life Church NY, DeCicco and Sons, longtime volunteer Harriet Overbeck, and Shiloh Baptist Church, including a posthumous honor for the late Dr. DeQuincy Hentz. This fun event will include cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, raffles, music, photo booth and more
Monthly Pantry Hours
The Food Pantry is open to residents of New Rochelle who meet certain criteria based upon number in household and income. Registration is required and held on pantry dates. Alternating Wednesday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. OR Wednesday in the afternoon between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
HOPE-FULL KIDS provides meals for students during school breaks including Christmas, Winter and Spring Break, as well as the Summer months when students are not in school. Bags of breakfast and lunch foods will be available for pick up at HOPE, in the pantry.
The program is generously funded by a grant from Gerber Finance, Inc.
Do Something Great
In 2020, while most organizations temporarily shut down, HOPE jumped in with both feet to Help Our People Eat.
MEALS SERVED THROUGH HOPE-FULL KIDS 2020-2021
TONS OF FOOD SERVED IN 2020
HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS UTILIZED HOPE HOUSING SERVICES IN 2020
MEALS SERVED IN 2020
CLIENTS SERVED THROUGH OUTREACH SERVICES IN 2020
GUESTS PARTICIPATED IN OUR SHOWERS OF HOPE EVENTS IN 2020
Letter from the Executive Director
Friends of HOPE,
In 2019, I arrived at HOPE Community Services with a simple plan; build on a strong foundation. After all, HOPE already had a storied reputation battling food insecurity in New Rochelle. Its very name encapsulated the mission: Help Our People Eat. However, feeding a community is no small task. In fact, it takes a community to make it happen. And it wasn’t long before I could see the full magnitude of HOPE’s impact. After watching our wonderful staff and volunteers at work something became very clear to me. Our mission wasn’t just about giving food or housing to people in need. Our mission is about providing dignity in self-sufficiency. HOPE is not just a Soup Kitchen. We are a vibrant and growing community service organization invested in the betterment of our neighbors.
In addition to hosting some of Westchester County’s most robust emergency food services, HOPE provides housing programming for the homeless, child hunger initiatives, community events, and so much more. The combination of these efforts acknowledge the fact that it takes a holistic approach to move a community forward. That’s why HOPE has invested in wrap-around programming to give attention to the many unmet needs in our community. Whether it’s our mobile shower facilities for the homeless or backpacks on our kids shoulders, HOPE understands that the needs of our community go beyond food. I am proud of the legacy that I inherited leading this amazing organization and I pledge to do my best to honor my commitment to this beautiful community. HOPE’s staff and volunteers will be on this journey with me, but we can’t do it alone. There are a lot of ways to get involved. Please consider volunteering or donating. And remember, you are not just supporting HOPE. You are investing in your own community.
Walter J Ritz
Executive Director HOPE Community Services
HOPE Rehousing Initiative
HOPE offers permanent supportive housing through a Housing and Urban Development(HUD) grant for the homeless population. This program works with landlords to locate and secure safe and affordable housing in Westchester County.The Program also ensures long term success by offering case management services.