First impressions of HOPE Coventry from our COO
I had the privilege of going to the top of the new Friargate building last week and was able to look out over our fantastic city. ‘Simply amazing’ is my first impression of Coventry and the people I have met who are working so diligently across so many areas of city life. It’s such a privilege listening to transformation stories and facts in different spheres of city life. We have so much to be thankful for and just seeing a snippet of activity in the past two weeks has totally inspired me. HOPE Coventry is all about connectedness, and the welcome I have received from everyone has meant I have felt connected already; so, thank you.
Next steps? For me it is all about listening to what is going on and fully understanding the priorities of churches in the city, and therefore the focus for HOPE Coventry into the future. HOPE Coventry has our specific projects, which could not be sustained without the support of Coventry’s churches. I am excited to tell you we have grant funding to sustain our Good Neighbours Coventry Project with our partners Together for Change and Age UK Coventry. Thanks for all those AMAZING people who are contributing to this project, serving our elderly with respect and integrity.
Our Winter Night Shelter goes well and is capable of serving up to 20 vulnerable and homeless people each evening and overnight. Thanks again to all our volunteers and staff who serve so selflessly to provide this accommodation. AMAZING.
And there’s so much more, with ongoing work for HOPE @Motofest (did you see the BBC and Coventry Telegraph coverage this week? facebook.com/MidlandsBBC/videos/1663581033721528/), as well as work with Christians against Poverty, the coordination of the Coventry Prayer House, the Christian Advice Centre and Healing on the Streets. These projects all give testimony to the AMAZING work that our God is doing through the work of his people in this City of Coventry.
Today we give thanks for everyone who commits their time and energy into all of this and thanks be to God for his AMAZING love for each person and project.
Chris Edwards – Chief Operations Officer, HOPE Coventry