Wooster Hope Center was founded in 2011 to show love to our neighbors in the community that may be in need of some assistance.
It aims to foster self-confidence and to embrace the inherent dignity and worth of individuals by meeting them where they are and providing the most basic of necessities. Those that receive will have the opportunity to give back to their community, as we will ask for them to volunteer some of their time. Through this act of paying it forward, people will be empowered by making a difference in the community.
The Hope Center has provided either food, clothing, haircuts and/or hygiene supplies to over 10,000 different families in Wayne County annually with an average of 150+ volunteers monthly that have put in over 10,000 hours of volunteer time each year. These dedicated volunteers keep the Hope Center 100% volunteer with no payroll.
The Wooster Hope Center is licensed by and is supported b y the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. The Hope Center also has received support from local Kiwanis groups, the Frick Foundation, local churches and local businesses.
The Wooster Hope Center is an innovative and local outreach that is currently assisting over 1,000 needs each month! Our goals include:
- Empowering individuals & families to give back to their community
- Offering HOPE to the community
- Offering an avenue of assistance for quality hygiene products
- Offering free haircuts
- Offering quality clothing
- Offering diapers
- Offering food
- Connecting people to other resources in the community
- Partnering with local agencies, business and churches to bridge the gap for low income families.
The Wooster Hope Center is sustained through local contributions, local church collaboration, volunteers, fund-raising projects and grant funding if available.
Donation & contributions can be made every Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 to 3:00 pm at 445 N. Bever or by appointment.
“I think this is great,” said Dawn Peck, who attended with her two sons. This was her first time partaking of one of Wooster Hope’s community dinners.
Rebecca Good with her daughter. “I wanted to have dinner with family, and there is good food and presents,” she said. “I think it’s wonderful. There’s not a lot of people who have the opportunity to share a meal together.”
“It’s a good thing for people who don’t have money,” Watts said.
At Recognition Dinner featured speaker state Rep. Ron Amstutz spoke about community and the importance of working together.
“We need all hands on deck,” said Amstutz. “You’re doing something that makes a difference.”
Jamie Jackson said, “If people need help, we’re here to help them.”