Tuesday, October 14, 2014


October 11th, 2014, is a day that will always have meaning to HopeMatch.  Two Christmas seasons ago, HopeMatch got the privilege to serve the Gray family.  Just like all of the other families we serve at the holidays, they received generous boxes of beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts delivered to their door right before Christmas.  Our delivery drivers remember driving up to their home, a modest trailer at the back of a piece of land.  The landing going up to their front door was very loose and their oldest son, Stephen, came out to help get the boxes of presents.  Our drivers were amazed at how he lifted those heavy boxes!  One thing became evident from the very beginning of serving the Gray family...they are grateful in all things.

Soon after Christmas, HopeMatch hosted a New Year's Eve service.  The Gray family almost didn't come because they had some reservations about leaving their children.  We invited them to come and bring the kids; and through that experience, they met one of our awesome volunteers, Michelle Clark. Michelle found out that they were not in church and invited them to visit Eastside Church where her family attends.  Soon thereafter, the Gray's son Samuel became ill and was hospitalized.  During that time, Michelle went to visit them in the hospital and offer her support.  This meant a great deal to the Grays.  They visited her church soon after.

At HopeMatch, we realize we can't be everything to everyone, so we have church partners that we can connect families with if they are in search of a church home.  Eastside Church has become a very special partner to HopeMatch.  They came alongside the Gray family and loved them just where they were, just like we are supposed to love.  Through their support, as well as the Grays taking advantage of almost every opportunity HopeMatch offers to give a "hand up" including a financial class, the Grays did a 180 degree turnaround, and all kinds of blessings followed.

For 12 years, Anita Gray believed that God was going to give them a house.  The conditions they were living in were very unsafe.  They did not have central air or heat. In the winter, they had cold air coming through the floor boards.   In the summer, they all had to sleep in one bedroom because they only had one air conditioning unit. The children were often sick due to the black mold in the trailer, as well as the extreme hot and cold of the seasons.  For awhile, they saw no way out; but they kept believing and putting one foot in front of the other.

At the beginning of the year, HopeMatch had the privilege to write a recommendation letter for the Gray family to receive a Habitat house.  After much prayer, they were approved!  They would finally have the house that God promised them. Habitat requires the family who's receiving the house to put in 500 hours of volunteer time.  The Grays put in 1000 hours of volunteer time, with 300 hours being from their teenage son.  Habitat said this was the most amount of hours they had seen a family put into the process.  We had several volunteer groups go out and serve through HopeMatch.  Thank you to Teguar and Summit volunteers for serving this family and being part of their dream coming true!

On October 11th, we got to share in the home dedication.  It was one of our most special times in HopeMatch history.  The Grays say over and over again that they don't believe they would be in the place they are today, standing in their new house, without HopeMatch.  When we came into their lives a couple of years ago and offered hope, support, and connection, their lives changed forever.  Many people have come across their path since then and shown them that they are loved, valuable, and important. We are humbled to have played a small part in their journey.

With the holidays quickly approaching,  and as you choose how you will celebrate this year, consider making a difference in a family's life by giving through HopeMatch.  Visit www.HopeMatch.org for more information.  You will not be disappointed, and your gift could produce a story like this for a family who desperately wants to give up right now. Thank you to everyone who has been part of the Grays' story.  We could not be more overjoyed for them to move into their promise!

**Due to the Grays having to replace everything in their home because of the black mold at the old place, we welcome any household donations you may have.  They are in need of living room furniture, kitchenette table and chairs, twin size mattress, light bulbs, and much more.  
We will also accept gift cards to Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Target, etc.  
Please contact us at: contact@hopematch.org if you would like to help!**

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back to School Blessing

Take the burden of back to school expenses off a working class family in your community

Every year we provide the opportunity to make a real, meaningful difference in a child's life through HopeMatch Back to School Blessing Day.  Many families are struggling in our community to pay their basic expenses, and back to school lists keep getting longer and longer.  At HopeMatch, we work to help families who are trying to make it on their own with some of the "extra" expenses of life so that they can keep afloat.  This means that families can pay their bills, feed their families, keep their homes, and thrive.


Similar to Christmas, you contact us to let us know you want to help a family with Back to School expenses.  You can either SHOP or DONATE.

If you want to SHOP: You would let us know if you would like to help a family with 1 child, 2 children, 3 children, or 4 children.  We then match you with a specific list for the children you will help.  You will purchase as many items as you are able, and drop off the items to us on Monday, August 4th (location to be determined).

If you want to DONATE: You visit our website and choose which giving amount you would like.  There is a range of giving amounts that will match any budget!

Together, we can provide HOPE in a practical way to our neighbors through the gift of back to school supplies.  This will mean a child will go to school feeling confident and prepared to take their education to the next level, and a parent will be able to breathe a little easier knowing their child is set up for a great school year.  Thank you for your generosity!

If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING at our Back to School Blessing Day on Saturday, August 9th, please sign up using this link:  http://vols.pt/nbzMyQ.

Back To School

Monday, June 2, 2014

Upcoming Event: Swap Shop!

Join us for our upcoming event: the Swap Shop!

You can drop off donations Friday June 13th 10am-3pm & 5pm-8pm at Eastside Church: 10132 Harrisburg Rd. Charlotte NC 28215. Volunteers will be on hand to sort your items and give you shopping tickets. Tickets can be used Saturday June 14th 10am-3pm to "purchase" items. You can also buy additional tickets at the door!

We will be accepting donations of:
  • Clothing (men's, women's, children's) and shoes
  • Household items (kitchen supplies, bedding, bath items, linens, etc)
  • Baby items
  • Sports equipment
  • Books and educational toys

Friday, May 16, 2014

Extreme Hope Makeover: Meet Family #4 UPDATED

Early this week HopeMatch volunteers met to create a fun playroom space for Family #4. Volunteer were able to figure out how to repair a closet door, reorganize the toys, and decorate with a glittery border, butterfly stickers and some funky fun furniture to brighten up the room. Katie led this project with some help from passionate volunteer friends. Thanks so much to our volunteer crew for getting involved with us!
Tarah wrote us this heartfelt note: "I just wanted to thank everyone at hope match for
making my daughter's play room absolutely amazing! The generosity that your
program gives out is mind boggling! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"


Meet Family #4
This family consists of a single mom and 4 year old daughter.  The mother works many hours as a nanny so she can provide for her daughter and also spend time with her.  She would like a small room made over into a playroom for her daughter.  She needs help sorting, organizing and decorating.  She is excited to donate some of her daughter's toys to HopeMatch's Swap Shop coming up in June.  Her daughter loves Frozen (who doesn't?) and anything girly and princess.  The room has a lot of potential and we can't wait to see what our volunteers come up with to transform the space! 

How would you decorate or organize this space? Please comment your ideas, or send us links pictures and pins!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Extreme Hope Makeover: Meet Family #3 UPDATED

FAMILY 3 HOPE Makeover UPDATE: 5/10/2014

HopeMatch volunteers were busy today updating this loft room with new bright, cheery, yellow paint!  Lee Godfrey headed up this project with other volunteers from Eastside Church in Charlotte.  We included some pictures below of the painting experience.  One thing we love is how much heart they put into a simple painting project.  We love the words of life that were written on the walls and their team spirit in being a part of HopeMatch, from our logo on the wall, to a home-made volunteer t-shirt!  We love the creativity!  

We will be following up to re-design the room once the paint dries.  Refresh yourself with the family's back story, and then see the painting project pictures below.  Thank you Eastside Church!

Meet Family #3
This family consists of a single mom and 2 boys, ages 8 and 13 years old.  She is working full time and the father left the family some time back.  She would love for the room to be painted a bright color and provide an area where her and her boys could relax and have family time.  She has provided the paint for us.  We provided the volunteers and a few re-design updates for the family.  We can't wait to create a functional, bright, and comfortable space for this family to relax and enjoy!



Monday, April 28, 2014

Big Thanks to our friends in the Girl Scouts!

Hornet’s Nest Girl Scout Council, Meck 4 Service Unit and Brownie Troop 325 collected 10 boxes of cleaning supplies and toiletries for our families in March.  A big thank you to Cynthia Sampson, Troop Leader, for organizing this project!  These girls make cleaning supplies look so adorable, don't they? 

Thank you Girl Scouts!

If if you're interested in helping our families with future needs we are going to be collecting gently used clothing (adult and children's), household items, children's books and educational toys, and new cleaning supplies/toiletries on Friday, June 13th, so start setting aside those items now and spread the word!  Don't have much to donate right now?  Volunteer to collect items left over from yard sales in your neighborhood the weekend before and drop them off to us on the 13th.  It would help us so much!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Baskets with the Bank of America!

Bank of America, one of our long standing partners for our Christmas program, wanted to take their giving to the next level.  They came up with the idea to help 3 families with Easter baskets. This was such a blessing to the families.  It took the financial pressure off of coming up with baskets for their kids.  To know that your kids are taken care of helps them feel a great sigh of relief, but then the Bank of America donors gave each of the parents a basket as well.  What a surprise!  

Thank you to Tiffany Ritchie for organizing her team to complete the project and being such a loyal member of our HopeMatch Giving Team.  We are so thankful for our Bank of America team members that give so generously!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Extreme Hope Makeover: Meet Family #2

HopeMatch is currently matching 4 families in need of a “Mini Room Makeover” with project sponsors who will help us complete the work. We’re currently trying to raise $1,000 to completely fund these projects and make our families feel a little more comfortable in their homes!
Meet Family #2
This family consists of a single mom and son.  After her husband left, she has had a hard time knowing how to keep up with the maintenance of the home.  Her and her son love the home and want to live there for a long time.  She is needing her porch sealed and trim boards painted, as well as the caulking replaced in her bathroom. There is also a need for her to have a dying tree removed from her yard that is at risk of falling on her house.  We are excited to help out with these projects that will be a big blessing to this family.  They are so appreciative!

Do you have any ideas for beautifying a front porch area? Comment and let us know how you would spruce up this home!

Extreme Hope Makeover: Meet Family #1

HopeMatch is currently matching 4 families in need of a “Mini Room Makeover” with project sponsors who will help us complete the work. We’re currently trying to raise $1,000 to completely fund these projects and make our families feel a little more comfortable in their homes!
Meet Family #1
This family, a single mother and 2 boys ages 5 and 8, were homeless for over 7 months.  They lived place to place during that time and the places where they stayed would not allow the boys to have any toys or anything to play with.  The mother found a job and has secured a home for them.  In January, she was involved in a car accident and it resulted in her bladder shifting.  She will have to have 3 surgeries to repair this problem.  She is concerned about how everything is going to work out.  Since this is the first time in a long time that her sons have their own space, she wants something nice for them so they can enjoy their new room.  They love the Avengers and got Avengers bedding for Christmas, so we will do the room around that.  

Do you have any ideas for creating an Avenger themed bedroom? How would you decorate or organize this space? Please comment your ideas, or send us links pictures and pins!