On Saturday, August 25, Convoy of Hope came to Fort Collins to serve the city by meeting the immediate, tangible needs of the people. Sharing Hope was a day that brought together over thirty local churches to serve by providing food, health services, and general assistance to those in need.
Volunteers and church members from churches in the Fort Collins Church Network came together to assist and serve a community. Sharing Hope provided health services, food needs, housing and job assistance, free haircuts, family portraits, and meals and childcare during the day.
There were 1,296 volunteers serving at Sharing Hope. They came from 34 local churches. During the day, Sharing Hope served 3,581 guests.
The health services were provided by 40 participating organizations. The National Breast Cancer Foundation provided coupons to women for free mammograms at McKee Medical Center. McKee Medical Center made a commitment to stay with any patient who required medical needs following the mammogram.
In addition, free haircuts and family portraits were provided. Professional photographers provided 500 families with an 8×10 family portrait.
Beyond meeting the physical needs of guests, Sharing Hope met the relational needs of the community. The Connection tent provided guests with the opportunity to pray with someone. This tent allowed volunteers to sit, talk, listen and pray with any guest who wanted prayer. The volunteers also connected guests to churches if they were interested in attending. The day ended with 19 adult dedications for Christ, 4 child dedications, and at least 1,700 people received prayer!
At the end of the day, after visiting the Connection tent, guests were given a bag of essential groceries.
The day of Sharing Hope was about more than providing food or cutting hair. It was about “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” and meeting the deeper needs of the community.