Who is TeamHope?
TeamHope is Rio Vista’s community of volunteers committed to serving the homeless and hurting by meeting the needs of the Rio House and Hope South Florida, a Christian non-profit organization addressing poverty in our city. There are many aspects of TeamHope service, ranging from building construction to family mentoring, from interior design to facilitating classes and workshops. Whatever your interests, TeamHope helps volunteers use their abilities to impact families in need.
What is the Rio House?
The Rio House is a safe home for formerly homeless women and their children, offering a healthy environment and loving Christian community to families in need. As a multi-unit transitional housing facility in the Hope South Florida network, the Rio House is owned and cared for by Rio Vista Community Church. Led by its TeamHope volunteers, Rio Vista officially dedicated the Rio House on August 18th, 2012. Hope South Florida is our case management partner, hand-selecting our resident families and working closely with us to provide a wide range of services. Our job is to provide loving community support through the church, as we would for family and friends.
What is next for TeamHope?
TeamHope is building a group of Rio volunteers committed to the needs of Rio House and The Shepherd’s Way children.
Over the past few months, we’ve kicked off programs for the mothers to learn, grow and develop themselves personally and professionally. This is all for the purpose of helping these families reach their goal independence and self sufficiency.
The biggest area of need is helping Rio House and The Shepherd’s Way mothers through childcare assistance, serving by allowing them an hour or two to focus on themselves free from distraction. That’s the kind of service just about everyone can offer.
Whether it’s leading youth activities like sports and art, caring for very young children, or just being a positive presence in their lives…we need your service!
If you are interested, please contact TeamHope by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to support the Rio House, and you’d like to put that on a credit card, we’ve set up a page to receive that. Click here: http://riovistachurch.com/donate-to-rio-house/
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Ministry Opportunities With TeamHope!
We encourage everyone to consider joining the TeamHope community, and offer up your time, passions, skills and talents to volunteer service. TeamHope has launched three unique ministry teams, each dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless families in a specific way. Please reach out to learn more and sign-up where you’re most passionate!
First and foremost, the Lord has called us to provide loving community to homeless families in need. The critical Family Support team is focused on building this community for the Rio House families through personal outreach and support efforts. The wide array of service needs for the families include: Facilitating group activities, organizing play dates, inviting to church activities, providing transportation and childcare as well as educational tutoring for the children.
- Matt Lomenick, email@example.com
By teaching practical skills and sharing personal or professional expertise, we can help HSF families lay a foundation for long-term success. TeamHope is building a Learning Workshop program that will cover a wide range of essential topics, which we’ll offer to formally homeless families including those in the Rio House. Please consider assisting with the following workshops you feel well suiting for:
- Financial literacy/budgeting
- Career search/preparation
- Health advocacy/wellness
- Computer skills
- Legal Assessments
- Parenting Skills
- Daniel Castro, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tim Hamilton, email@example.com
- Alex Price, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rio House Facility Upkeep
We’re passionate about making sure the Rio House is always a safe, beautiful and functioning home for our families, a refuge from worldly stresses as families take steps forward in life. Become a part of this ministry team and help with the on-going needs of Rio House upkeep, including structural maintenance, landscaping, fencing, cleaning, decorating and furnishing units. We’ll also take the lead on exciting projects like building a community patio and a playground for the children.
Please contact TeamHope@nullriovistachurch.com with general questions.
But wait! Before getting started there are two steps to complete join TeamHope and to receive updates on serving opportunities …
First, if you’ve not turned in your completed volunteer profile form, please do so now to tell us more about yourself. Submitting your profile is how to get on the official TeamHope list, and will enable you to receive the weekly email updates.