“where hope is made tangible”
Hope Place empowers local churches to meet needs in South Louisville.
Imagine having the opportunity to serve the nations without ever needing to get on a plane. A place where many languages are spoken and love is felt. This is what you will find at Hope Place. A place where everyone is welcome and no matter what door they may come through before arriving – a school, mental health center, transitional program, homeless shelter, refugee camp, orphanage, foster-home, rehab, or prison – s/he can be assured to receive compassion, empathy, and support.
In partnership with the local church, Hope Place implements initiatives that focus on H.O.P.E.:
Healing: connection, community, trauma-informed care, addiction recovery, and mental health counseling.
Opportunity: helping individuals gain employment by providing ESL, mentoring, job coaching, and job opportunities. Housing for organizations, businesses and churches. Providing missions/cultural experiences and extra-curricular activities for neighborhood youth.
Purpose: empowering individuals to set goals while uncovering their passions and strengths. Helping youth and adults answer the question: What was I created to do in the world? How can I
make a difference?
Education: English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, citizenship classes, literacy lessons, life-skills, cultural competency, youth & adult mentoring, homework help, and mental health education.
With the hopes of making the neighborhood a welcoming and safe place to live, Hope Place hosts neighborhood block parties, movie nights, and school supply drives. We also have specific days of engaging the residents in the apartment complexes located near us.
Director of Hope Place
Kristy always dreamed of being a missionary overseas as a young girl. This dream has become reality, only she didn’t need to move across the ocean! Kristy worked with refugees and immigrants teaching English through Jefferson County Public Schools and as a psychotherapist at the Survivors of Torture Recovery Center. She quickly knew that “welcoming the nations & sharing the gospel” was her calling. Now as the Director of Hope Place, Kristy is committed to offering trauma-informed care with an extra dose of love to everyone who enters & to make an eternal difference in the lives of those who live in the neighborhood.
Lindsay has lived among and served refugees in the Beechmont area of Louisville for fifteen years. She desires to see others discover their worth, grow in healthy relationships, and build deeper community.