The Big Reach Center of HOPE,
A ministry of Greenford Christian Church.
The Big Reach Center of Hope (BRCOH) was founded in 2004 as a ministry of Greenford Christian Church, of which is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. BRCOH’s mission is Helping individuals and families in crisis experience life-changing HOPE. Our specific focus is to provide food and clothing, education, community resources, and supportive relationships to people in need. We serve any individual and family in need in the Mahoning Valley and surrounding counties of Northeast Ohio. Our vision is to provide families with HOPE by meeting both tangible and spiritual needs while recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person.
The main ministry of the BRCOH is to provide food, clothing, and small household items to individuals and families in crisis. The BRCOH also provides connections to additional community resources, life-skills education programs, and volunteer opportunities in hope to promote confidence, sense of purpose, and accountability. BRCOH most notable program is our 3/6/9 giveback program. This program requires all clients to either be working or volunteering. All of these resources, educational classes, and special programs are offered to our clients at no charge. Our focus is to see every individual and family move toward self-sufficiency through hope, encouragement, and education.
During the first year in 2004, BRCOH provided resources and helped 1,400 individuals. Today it reaches more than 50,000 people all across Northeast Ohio. During the 2017 year alone Big Reach:
- Helped 2,500 families in crisis
- Distributed 900,000 pounds of food
- Took in 100,000 pounds of rescued food from local restaurants and grocery stores
- Gave back to the community - Clients volunteered 6,500 hours locally
- Provided all emergency clothing for the homeless at the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley
- Nourished 370 local students with weekend food kits every Friday
- Comforted over 1,000 pediatric patients at Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman with stuffed animals and books
- Supplied 185 new international students at Y.S.U. with a food welcome basket and a winter coat
- Encouraged women and children in 4 local domestic violence shelters with clothing, diapers, and hygiene products.
There are several ways to give for those interested in helping The Big Reach Center of HOPE. One way is to volunteer! There are many volunteer opportunities located at the BRCOH. In addition, product donations and monetary donations are also always accepted. The BRCOH does not receive any financial assistance from the federal government and all of our non-profit revenue comes from private and corporate donations. We currently have a small 4 person staff. During 2017, there were over 200 volunteers who gave 15,500 hours of volunteer time. Last but certainly not least, BRCOH was founded as a ministry of Greenford Christian Church, so prayer over the Center and everyone who is a part of it is encouraged and always welcomed!
Twice a week BRCOH opens it doors and welcomes hundreds of individuals and families in the Mahoning Valley and surrounding counties for food and clothing distribution. According to Feeding America, on average 57% of the population is below poverty threshold and 90,000 residents in the Mahoning Valley are “food insecure”. (Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.)
When people come to BRCOH they always receive a compassionate welcome, a cup of coffee, and a smile. They will walk through the food pantry with a trained volunteer to choose the food most needed for their household. They also get to opportunity to go through the “Giving/Clothing Room” to choose pre-loved clothing for each member in their household. In addition, there is a Kid Spot for children to hang-out in while their parents are being cared for. Every Christmas BRCOH has a toy drive in order to give each child registered a toy for under the tree.
Every Friday BRCOH provides 370 local students of the Mahoning Valley schools a kit full of food that can be easily fixed for themselves during the weekend. This program is a result 28,000 children in the children in the Mahoning Valley are considered food insecure by Feeding America and local school nurses and teachers are seeing students coming to school hungry because they are not getting enough to eat at home. Studies show that children who eat frequently and healthy over the weekend have better attention and higher grades during the week at school.
Please also follow us on Facebook @BRCOH for more information on how to receive help and how to give HOPE at the Big Reach Center of Hope!
Partnering with you to impact the community,
The BRCOH Team