Stay tuned for details regarding upcoming Festivals of Hope!
The Festival of Hope is a community outreach and expungement event offering free food, a job fair and community partner exhibits, including mentoring & coaching, grief counseling, health & wellness, free personal supplies AND a no-charge expungement clinic dedicated to opening opportunities to individuals with criminal histories by helping them through the pardon or expungement process. Eligible participants will be provided with one on one legal assistance through each step of the process.
'The Festival of Hope' Greensboro introduced and built upon our past events in creating a warm and inclusive gathering, dedicated to celebrating friendship, acceptance, and the art of building bridges. The festival offered a full array of attractions, including complimentary clothing and food distribution, live musical performances, and a delectable soul food dinner—all free of charge. Moreover, it hosted a no-cost expungement clinic and Jobs Fair. All attendees were also encouraged to explore the Community Resource Partner Expo during their visit.
The main objective of the Festival of Hope was to craft a secure haven where every member of the community could congregate, enjoy a day of jubilation, and embrace fresh opportunities. Indeed, rejoicing in new beginnings was a powerful catalyst for unity!
Please note that pre-registration options was required as a prerequisite to secure a slot at the expungement clinic, as staff and available attorney were limited.
What a day!
The Festival of Hope' - Dover was a welcoming event that celebrated friendship, acceptance, and bridge building.
This June's Festival featured free clothing and food distribution, live music, and a free soul food dinner. Additionally, there was a no-charge expungement clinic and Jobs Fair, and attendees were encouraged to visit the Community Resource Partner Expo while at the Festival.
The goal was to create a safe space for all members of the community to come together and enjoy a day of celebration and new beginnings. After all, celebrating new beginnings is always a great way to bring people together, and the event was designed to promote positivity and unity.
Note: Pre-registration was required in order to secure a spot at the expungement clinic, and spaces were limited. Attendees were encouraged to sign up right away to ensure they got a spot.
Together, we absolutely celebrated Black History month together at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington in February. This ‘Festival of Hope’ was truly an amazing event with a variety of activities and resources for all community members! Nearly 200 were able to participate in the no-charge, ‘fresh start’ expungement clinic and job fair; therein beginning the process of clearing criminal records and setting sail towards better employment and housing opportunities. Hundreds more participated in gathering free bags full of groceries, and new, winter wear, clothing put a smile on many attendees’ faces.
Also present were numerous local resource agencies. The grand finale, free soul food dinner was a delightful way to bring the community together; and all the while fresh Gospel music provided and enriching atmosphere for all attendees.
The Festival of Hope, Wilmington was a great success that brought joy, opportunity and positivity to all who attended.
Make plans now to join us at our next prayer and practical community outreach at these crucially important events called The Pastor Prayer Gathering, The Prayer and Unity Event, AND The Festival of Hope.
Our purpose is to exalt Christ in prayer and bridge-building community events.
In Joel 2:12, a nation at the crossroads receives a God-provided solution to their need when they are told to "return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning" (contrition and humility). In that day, the command was for everyone to stop what they were doing and gather for a "sacred assembly," to turn to God with prayer and fasting.
"I just want to say thank you so much for organizing this incredible day and allowing GOD to use you to put this event together. I thank GOD for the opportunity and ability to attend this crucial event. I was blessed by the young woman that lead us in worship and the man that facilitated the gathering. May the LORD continue to strengthen and keep you ALL and continue to use you for HIS glory."