International H.O.P.E. Inc. Welcomes You
Internationally Helping Overcome Poverty Everywhere
At International H.O.P.E. Inc., well-being is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change.
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Become a volunteer. Make a difference and become a part of something greater than yourself.
Who We Are
A Distinct Identity ... the difference between International H.O.P.E. Inc. and every other program like ours is that we bring the food to the people.
Here at International H.O.P.E. Inc., we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our decision making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and high quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits.
H.O.P.E. stands for Helping Overcome Poverty Everywhere. We are a 501(c)(3) approved faith-based feeding program in the City of Harrisburg and we are making huge strides not only in the local community but abroad as well.
International H.O.P.E. Inc. was established in November 2014 when God’s vision was given to the CEO / Founder, Kimberly Stratton. She accepted the call and then approached a handful of local Harrisburg residents who wanted to be a part of something greater than themselves and to make a difference in the city in which they all lived in. With the vision, humble beginnings, and using 100% of their own funds, they were inspired to feed three families in November 2014. After obtaining the food and loading three separate minivans with the food purchased, each minivan delivered to one family and provided them with enough food for the family to eat over a month’s time. The feeding was so spiritually powerful and touched the hearts of the givers and receivers that the handful of local residents decided to do the same thing the following month. From that day on, International H.O.P.E. (previously known as HOPE 717, Inc.) was born and incorporated March 16, 2015. All of our operating staff and Board members are 100% volunteers.
We provided a community day event on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 from 11am - 4pm in Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA called Praise In The Park. We co-hosted with TheVoice17104 and In His Presence Ministries to shine some light in the City of Harrisburg. With all of the murders, killings, increase in crime and violence, the city is calling out for hope. Our event provided free food, beverages and a host of entertainment to the City of Harrisburg. This monumental event brought a day of joy to the city, a day of family fun, fellowship and music. A change has to start somewhere and that is what we plan to do.
At this time, International H.O.P.E. Inc. does not have a building and are using in-kind space and services of others. Due to limited funds, we are only able to provide a handful of feedings per year. No one knows the future, but God. We simply look forward to being used by Him and through us God will allow us to make monumental changes in not only the city in which we reside, but world-wide global changes. We started humbly as a feeding program, but God has so much more in store for us, His people and all those who will be helped. Change always starts with ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the greater good.
We have made huge developments in the local community since November 2014. We measure our results based on the progress we are making in the local community. To date we have:
Nov. 2014 – Supplied free Thanksgiving dinners to families, individuals and homeless residents
Dec. 2014 – Provided free Christmas dinners/meals
Feb. 2015 – Handed out over 40 (forty) free Bags of Love to various women in the community. The bags contained personal care and fragrance products
Spring/Summer 2015 – Supplied and delivered free furniture and clothing to families in the local community
July 2015 – Dispensed 65 (sixty-five) free Back to School Backpacks full of school supplies to children and churches in need
Dec. 2015 – Served free Hot Coca to the local community
2016 – Volunteered countless hours to assist other non-profits and diverse neighborhoods in the City of Harrisburg to help with feeding and clothing children, individuals, families and the homeless
July 2016 – Praise In The Park - uniting communities and families by supplying free food and beverages to the local community while providing free entertainment and music
Sept. 2016 – Fall Harvest Take Back - another wonderful community event where HOPE 717, Inc. partnered with In His Presence Ministries and other various non-profits; while obtaining financial and food donations from a wide range of local vendors in Harrisburg. We again united the communities and families by helping provide free food, beverages, free LIVE entertainment (local and out of state) and music to the people with the sultry voice of Shonyah Hawkins-Cottman and DJ Johnny with TheVoice17104
Nov. 2016 – continued our tradition of handing out free Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless. We were able to supply more than last year. This year we supplied 75 (seventy-five) dinners
Dec. 2016 – Free Turkey Giveaway to over 20 (twenty) families and individuals in need in the local community of Harrisburg, PA
Feb. 2017 – Black History Festival, Carlisle, PA
May 2017 – participant in the Amani Festival, Carlisle, PA
May 2017 – Fed the homeless and partnered with the Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, PA
May 2017 – Fed the Ronald McDonald families, Hershey, PA
Aug. 2017 – partnering with Wesley AME Zion Church – Community BBQ Backpack Giveaway, Harrisburg, PA
Sept. 2017 – partnering with various organizations and nonprofits – 2nd Annual Fall Harvest – Take Back the Park Community Day Event – Harrisburg PA
Nov. 2017 – Free Turkey Giveaway to families and individuals in need in the local community of Harrisburg, PA
Dec. 2017 – Free Hot Cocoa Giveaway in the local community of Harrisburg, PA
May 2018 – Participated in the Amani Festival, Carlisle, PA - 2nd year in a row - for a Unity of the Community Day event
May 2018 – Presented Bags of Love - personal care products, health and beauty items - to 20 Women at the Bethesda Mission, Harrisburg, PA because every mother deserves a Mother's Day
May 2018 – Presented almost 100 individually wrapped cookies and cake pops to the Women residents and Ronald McDonald Staff in Hershey, PA for Mother's Day. Every woman should feel special on Mother's Day
May 2018 – Memorial Day - partnered with Dept. of PA Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (Syreeta Searcy - State Adjutant / Quartermaster Secretary) and provided free meals to the Bethesda Mission Veterans in memory of men and women who served along side them and lost their lives in combat
June 2018 – 2nd Praise In The Park - uniting communities and families by supplying free food and beverages to the local community while providing free entertainment, face painting and gospel music (Gospel Recording Artists - Darren Dec and Tha' Corinth among local artists as well)
July 2018 – Presented Community Appreciation Certificates to Honor Those Who Serve in Silence - over 50 local vendors were honored
August 2018 – partnered with HeirBorn Youth Ministry (In His Presence Ministries) to help the Youth fundraise and pass out Bibles (Street Outreach)
August 2018 – partnered with Wesley AME Zion Church – Community Block Party, Harrisburg, PA - handed out school supplies, provided Free food. Free Gospel Music. Free face-painting and Individual and Community prayer
Sept. 2018 – Celebrated the 3rd Annual Fall Harvest – Take Back the Park Community Day Event in Harrisburg PA with In His Presence Ministries
Nov. 2018 – Free Thanksgiving Turkey Baskets - donations given by an anonymous Church Ministry
Dec. 2018 – Free Christmas Baskets - donations given by an anonymous Church Ministry
Feb. 2019 – Provided lunch at the Texas Roadhouse for the Bethesda Mission Veterans (assisted by Syreeta Searcy of Party Toonz)
Feb. 2019 – vendor at the 4th Annual Black History Festival, Carlisle, Pa
March. 2019 – Partnered with S.W. A.G (Soldiers Walking According to God) and educated 11 years and under on homelessness, their role as well as prevention and never being too young to serve God and their Community
Apr. 2019 – Dominican Republic - International H.O.P.E. Inc. internationally Help Overcome Poverty; ministered overseas
May 2019 – Mother's Day Bags of Love. Thanks to BBT Bank (Marcie McCardell and volunteers), Shiloh Evang. / Missionary Dept, Mother
Eugenia Moten, Safronia Perry and the Hope Station. Thank you all for either volunteering, physical donations, financial contributions, in-kind space, prayers and everything in between. We provided Bags of Love to shelter and homeless women.
May 2019 – Senators and International H.O.P.E. Inc. - we were provided courtesy tickets for the Veterans to enjoy the game
June 2019 – Preparing Father's Day Breakfast at Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pa
July 2019 – Collaborated with Blessed To Give (aka Camp Swag) - BBQ for the less fortunate
July 2019 – Reservoir Praise in the Park - partnering with Gospel Recording Artist Tha' Corinth - CMG Squad
Sept. 2019 – Partnering with Altrusa of South Central PA to feed the homeless and less fortunate
Oct. 2019 – Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness event, Harrisburg, Pa
Nov. 2019 – WE ARE RELOCATING TO LAKE MARY, FLORIDA ******
* All year long we collect aluminum tabs on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House not only in Hershey, PA
but soon in Orlando, Florida *
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Making A Difference
International H.O.P.E. Inc. is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We make sure the Community is empowered by putting our footprint on ending hunger for individuals and families locally and internationally.
Veterans, Elderly, Homeless and Food Deprived Outreach
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with these challenges: feeding of our Veterans, Elderly Homeless and Food Deprived. Outreach is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.
At International H.O.P.E. Inc., we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing the issues of food deprived people in the Community. Obtaining food donations is not always an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We also do our part by selling merchandise and fundraising to help offset our food purchase costs. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do”
International H.O.P.E. Inc. would like to take the time to dedicate this page to those who are planting seeds in International H.O.P.E. Inc.'s (previously known as HOPE 717, Inc.) ministry. We are grateful for those who labor among us and with us. We are appreciative of those who not only give their valuable time to assist us with our mission and vision, but give their unconditional love as well. We are humbled by all of the prayers we receive and the prayer requests we are asked to provide. We are filled with so much gratitude for the spiritual and financial blessings from up above and from all of you. Teamwork makes the dream work.
I personally want to thank my Board Members. Thank you for all that you contribute, all that you do and believing in God's vision. Your faith in International H.O.P.E. Inc. means so much to me that words will never express.
Philippians 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
Contact International H.O.P.E. Inc.
Get in contact with International H.O.P.E. Inc. if: you have any questions on volunteering, or if you want to learn more about our faith-based non-profit, or if you want to express a need that you or someone you know may have, or if you just want to send us words of encouragement, or all of the above.