Hope Place 2018-08-09T16:34:14+00:00

Hope Place

“where hope is made tangible”

Hope Place seeks to empower local churches to meet needs, bring hope to the hopeless, transform lives holistically, and advance the gospel 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.


English as a Second Language (ESL)

In partnership with COFFEE Louisville, ESL classes are offered at Hope Place on Fridays from 10:00am-12:00pm. The purpose of this program is to teach English with excellence so newcomers are empowered to successfully use the language, navigate the culture, and flourish on a new path in this new place.

Camp Hope

Summer camp for students Kindergarten-6th grade is provided to build relationships and foster community. The lesson of the day is centered around a Biblical Proverb. The students rotate to stations that include music, dance, art, science, recreation, games, lunch, and water fun.

Citizenship Classes

To offer support throughout the citizenship preparation process, Hope Place citizenship classes assist applicants with learning U.S. civics and practicing the oral interviews. Citizenship preparation classes are open to the community and are offered on Mondays from 6:00-8:00pm.

Citizenship Tutoring

Tutors are available to meet with clients who are eligible for citizenship for 2 hours once a week based on the client’s schedule. Clients who are enrolled in citizenship classes many times do not have the language skills necessary to pass their test to become a U.S. citizen. Volunteers might have to help them learn how to read and write in English and also converse with them, which helps the clients grasp the knowledge necessary for understanding the questions asked on the test. This one-on-one attention helps take the pressure off of the citizenship teacher and also gives the client more confidence.

Youth Mentoring

Takes place at Hope Place after school. The purpose of the program is to provide at-risk, neighborhood students (K-12th grade) a safe place to belong alongside a small group of peers and a supportive consistent adult mentor. Homework help is also offered.

Adult and Family Mentoring

Provides vulnerable adults and families a consistent mentor who meets with them for a minimum of one hour weekly, builds relationship and helps them reach their goals.

Neighborhood Engagement

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.

Village of Moms

A time for community moms to get together and support one another in parenting.  Childcare will be provided for their children while the mothers chat and enjoy snacks together.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Provides support meetings with the purpose of helping alcoholics maintain their sobriety and helping other alcoholics achieve recovery. Meetings are offered Wednesdays: 6:30pm & 7:30pm, Fridays : 6:30pm & 7:30pm, Saturdays 6:30pm & 7:30pm

New Hope Addiction Recovery

Provides a Christian 12-step support meeting to those seeking help with addiction. Meetings are offered on Sundays 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Elevate Hope Dance Ministry

Begins September 4. Registration is August 8 1-3pm at Hope Place. Preschool-12th grade welcome! Class schedule TBA.

Kristy Robison

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 Shores

Lindsay has lived 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.


List of Events:

ESL Classes:

When: Every Friday
Time: 10a-12p

Camp Hope

Free to K-6th grade students. Lunch is provided

Wednesday, July 25th & August 1st

Time: 10:00-2:00pm

Back to School Ice-Cream Party and School Supply Giveaway

Come celebrate with us before school begins with ice-cream sundaes & free school supplies (while they last).

Wed August 8th

Time: 1:00-3:00

Volunteer Form:

Connect with us

We would love to share more with you about the work we are doing and invite you into this amazing work. Please use the two links below to contact us or if you are ready to join, you can donate as well.