The Riverside community knows the joys and heartaches of the Miami Valley’s story over the past few decades.
Along with many communities in the Miami Valley, Riverside has faced difficult challenges as the area experienced the pains of industry’s departure. Families came under the increasing way of joblessness and lack of career readiness, and youth became increasingly isolated. Schools took on the role of community centers, caring for students’ education, emotional, and physical needs. Like many communities in the Miami Valley, Riverside became a community overwhelmed with obstacles.
In 2014, Dan Powell, a pastor in Riverside, knew something needed to change. And he saw the churches of Riverside creating the momentum for community transformation. So, he connected with area pastors and leaders to share a vision of church and civic domains collaborating for the good of Riverside. This soon became the Hope4Community model as these leaders came together and formed Hope4Riverside. In many ways, this vision for community-led change through the unity and relationship of churches and city leaders began in Riverside.
Hope4Riverside has led community outreach events such as community-wide worship gatherings, trash cleanup, and clothing drives. And in partnership with Riverside’s schools, Hope4Riverside has been meeting students’ emotional and relational needs through mentoring.
Today, Hope4Riverside’s partnership with area schools is one of the most influential in the area. Along with annual school-supply-donation events like the “Day of Giving Back” and family-equipping initiatives like the “Parent Summit,” Hope4Riverside and the area schools invest in the lives of numerous students and families through mentoring.
Hope4Riverside has grown over the years and is now an affiliate partner with the Miami Valley Leadership Foundation.
And you’re invited to participate in this journey of community transformation.
Fill out the contact form below to learn more about partnering with Hope4Riverside!