Gifts of Hope is a consortium of 18 Lutheran-sponsored organizations who share a common mission of answering the Lord’s call to aid people in need. Gifts of Hope increases awareness about our agencies and raises funds so that the member organizations may continue their work.
The Gifts of Hope organization benefits 10 social service agencies, two church camps, three Lutheran student ministries, and three international companion synods. While Gifts of Hope is sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), most of our organizations are pan-Lutheran, meaning that they are allied with more than one Lutheran church body. The two largest are the ELCA and Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
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Below are the organizations that currently benefit from the Gifts of Hope program:
- Established in 1957 to provide unforgettable faith, education, and renewal experiences in God’s creation for all God’s people.
- Providing opportunities for youth and adults of all faiths in congregations, schools, scouts and other organizations.
- Week long faith- and activity-based summer camps for rising 1st-12th graders from June to August.
- Year round retreat facilities include a Farmhouse, Cabin Village, Sukkah Village, Buttonwood Lodge adult facility, and meeting spaces.
- Over 250 acres of forest and fields with a five acre lake, prayer labyrinth, seven large-group fire circles, an extensive trail network, and a 19th century chapel.
- Surrounded by George Washington National Forest and between the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River.
- Site of a Civil War Era Iron Furnace.
- www.CarolineFurnace.org / (540) 449-0012
- Founded in 1969.
- CFLS has evolved to meet the varied need of DC’s most vulnerable citizens offering critical support to those struggling with poverty and homelessness.
- Provides short-term crisis assistance and offers programs that empower individuals and families to change their lives over the long term.
- CFLS also helps women returning home from prison after incarceration many of whom are single mothers facing homelessness. These women receive intensive case management before their release and continues as she rejoins the community through our comprehensive programs.
- Comprehensive programs include food and clothing distribution; affordable housing; medical case management; substance abuse counseling; youth, family and parent mentoring; and employment development and placement.
- www.cflsdc.org / (202) 347-0511
Community of St Dysmas
- CSD is a congregation inside the prison walls of the Maryland Department of Corrections
- Proclaims God’s grace and mercy to men and women hungry for healing, love and forgiveness.
- CSD holds Bible study and worship weekly inside four participating institutions.
- After Care ministry supports a successful transition for returning citizens.
- www.stdysmasmd.org / (443)-326-1115
- Founded in 1960
- Advocates for and provides affordable housing and supportive services to older adults with limited income and persons with disabilities
- Offers safe living environments that enhance independence, self-confidence, and the well-being of its diverse residents
- Chaplaincy program provides pastoral care and counseling to residents
- www.fellowshipsquare.org / (703) 471-5370
- Provides housing for vulnerable individuals and families with low income particularly those struggling with mental illness
- Provides case management, life skills, and rental assistance
- Partners with area non-profit and governmental service providers
- www.goodshepherdhousing.org / (703) 730-1078
- Serves more than 600 homeless or at-risk families
- Operates transitional, permanent supportive, rapid re-housing, and
affordable rental housing programs
- Comprehensive supportive services include employment and career counseling, parenting and family life skills, substance
abuse counseling, mental health counseling for adults and children, and youth enrichment programs
- 83% of the transitional housing families who graduated from the program moved into permanent housing
- www.housingup.org / (202) 291-5535
Lutheran Campus Ministry
- Grace-filled and welcoming community for college and university students
- Exploring what it means to follow Jesus
- Wrestling with difficult questions
- Growing in faith
- Working with faculty, staff, and students on campuses in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland
- Serving the community, partners with La Sagrada Familia in Langley Park
- Serving the Greater Washington DC Region for 100 years
- Programs include:
- Children’s Services (including foster care, adoption, and programming for children affected by HIV/ADS)
- Refugee & Immigration Services (resettlement, employment, and citizenship services)
- Providing direct services to more than 2,000 individuals each year
- www.lssnca.org / (202) 723-3000
- Since 1979, more than 1500 Lutheran Volunteers
- Volunteers spend a year working for social justice and advocacy organizations providing direct services to the marginalized in society
- Addresses root causes of poverty and oppression
- Providing services in 10 cities throughout the US
- www.lutheranvolunteercorps.org / (202) 387-3222
- Year-round outdoor ministry retreat facility
- Small group and specialty camps for ages 6-17, Day Camp, Family and Adult Camps
- Camper scholarship program
- Facilities include inn, lodges, and cabins
- Over 450 wooded acres and trails and 5 ponds
- www.mar-lu-ridge.org / (800) 238-9974
- Founded in 1973 as a place of biblical hospitality
- Serves homeless women and families
- Housing individuals in temporary shelter, transitional housing, and affordable permanent placements
- Provides day program, addiction recovery program, wellness center, and childcare
- www.nstreetvillage.org / (202) 939-2072
- 12 years of service, operated by Shelter House, Inc.
- Housing for our Neighbor in Need
- Helping homeless victims of domestic abuse
- Providing housing, education, childcare
- Providing counseling, mentoring, financial management
- www.novaco.org / 703-955-7876
- Founded in 1842
- Only Lutheran college in Virginia and second oldest Lutheran school in the US
- 1900 students chose from 33 majors, 28 minors and 17 concentrations
- Gives millions of dollars in financial aid, including special aid to Lutherans
- www.roanoke.edu / (540) 375-2200
- Grassroots social justice ministry
- Provides job readiness and GED classes
- Ex-offender support group
- Ministry of hope that builds self-esteem, transforms lives, and helps people realize their God-given abilities
- www.southeastministrydc.org / (202) 562-2636
- Over 125 years of service to seniors
- Offers an array of health services through rehabilitation, skilled care, assisted living, and independent living programs
- Provides lifelong learning for residents and neighbors in all aspects of life: physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, and vocational
- Outpatient physical and occupational therapy is available
- Committed to fulfilling a mission of service to seniors through benevolent care
- www.thevillageatrockville.org / (301) 424-9560
United Lutheran Seminary
- Located on two campuses, Philadelphia PA and Gettysburg PA, with roots back to 1826
- Graduated more than 10,000 church leaders
- Preparing students for innovative ministry in the 21st century in congregations, social ministry agencies, campus ministries, military settings, and global missions
- Offers full tuition scholarships and other financial aid
- 5+ learning modes (Day, Night, Weekend, Online, Hybrid, and Intensive Courses)
- www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu / (800) MLUTHER
Companion Synods of the Metropolitan DC Synod
- Largest Lutheran Synod in Central America
- Provides holistic approach to ministry
- Offers hope and reconciliation
- Helps the vulnerable in rural and urban areas
- Support seminary
- Sustain educational and economic projects
- Meet spiritual need of Namibian people
- With the assistance of missionaries and financial support from partner churches, works to reclaim its pre-World War II properties
- Renovating damaged church buildings
- Reopening Lutheran secondary and elementary schools
- Maintaining the Lutheran Theological Seminary complex in Bratislava
- Outreach to Roma (Gypsy) community