Restored Hope is a faith-based organization that encourages cooperation between churches, social service agencies, and businesses to empower and provide resources to the impoverished in Dade City and the surrounding East Pasco area. The goal is not to duplicate services offered by other non-profits, but rather to fill in the gap and serve as a clearing house enabling the staff to refer clients out to other agencies if Restored Hope cannot assist them.
Concerned community residents and members of the Northeast Pasco Ministerial Association birthed the vision in February 2013. By April, Restored Hope became an entity, and filed for its 501C3 non-profit status in June. They closed on their building at the end of June, and opened their doors on November 11, 2013. In 2014, the resource center served over 950 clients with 35 different services.
According to the Coalition of the Homeless of Pasco County, the 2015 homeless count went down but still does not account for all the families that are doubled up, living with family or friends with no place of their own. Of the 32,396 services provided in Pasco County, the most requested are food and basic needs (showers, hygiene, clothing, cell phones, and transportation).
Restored Hope will be working with sister non-profits like the Coalition of the Homeless and Metropolitan Ministries to offer hope and healing for East Pasco County’s homeless and empower them to ultimately become self sufficient.
Restored Hope is very fortunate to have a formal partnership with Metropolitan Ministries, an agency that has over 40 years experience serving and ministering to the poor, the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. They currently serve in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties.
They have helped our center in Dade City with best practices for procedures, brought their staff to in-service our staff, donated needed items and prayed generously for Restored Hope. We thank them greatly for all their support.