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Building Hope in the City

Grace Church is privileged to partner with this urban ministry because of their vision to restore the city of Cleveland back to God. They offer valuable workshops and training for those interested in serving the urban poor, tutoring, and mentoring refugees from around the world in an inner city context.

  • Job Coaching with Refugee Youth - Young Adult Refugee Mentoring (YARM) is a new ministry of Building Hope in the City for refugee youth ages 16-24. The ministry aims to help the teens and young adults of refugee families begin exploring career paths and job training programs. Job coaches will work with a small team of refugee youth to find job shadowing opportunities, internships, and seasonal employment.

Click here to visit "Building Hope in the City" website. 
Contact: Eileen | | 216-281-4673


Building Hope in the City  2017 HYMNFEST - celebrating in music 500 years of reformation, truth, grace, and freedom.

[HymnFest 2017 benefits the urban missions of Building Hope in the City, which sees to restore the city to God.]

HymnFest 2017 will musically celebrate the theology of the Reformation like no other!

• Performances by Muskingum University Concert Choir, under the direction of Zebulon Highben

• Linda Kempke at the organ bench and the Muskingum Valley Brass Ensemble

• The visual feast for the eyes that is St. Stanislaus, a 900-seat, 145-year-old, magnificently restored house of worship

• Singing hymns ancient and modern with brothers and sisters in Christ from across the region



Fri, October 27, 2017

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT



The Shrine of St. Stanislaus

3649 East 65th Street

Cleveland, OH 44105


CLICK HERE for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Grace in the City

In Acts 1:8, Jesus says "You shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." If you've never taken a short-term mission trip, we recommend that you start with one of our weekend Grace in the City trips right here in the equivalent of Judea . . . Cleveland, Ohio. These trips take place in the Spring and Fall of each year and will give you the opportunity to serve alongside several different local ministries as you get used to serving in an urban context within a team of 15-18 people. Over your weekend of service, you'll stay at The Nehemiah Mission, located at West 65th and Bridge St.

Your next opportunity to serve is NOVEMBER 3-5.

Click here for an application and medical release form:  Complete_Application_GITC.pdf   

Upon completion please return to Grace Church, ATTN: Pat Senkar.

Contact: Chuck & Doreen Anderson | | 216-362-7016


Inner-City Tutoring

Shuttle with a number of others from Grace Church to George Washington Carver Elementary School on East 55th Street in Cleveland. This inner-city school is under Academic Emergency and the children there need to be tutored in reading and math. Jesus said, "Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me" (Mark 9:37). This may be the door that God uses to open a child's heart to Jesus. Through your participation in this important ministry, you model Jesus' command to be the salt and light in the world through our good works (Matthew 5:13-16). Please pray and ask the Father to help you reach out in love to make a difference to the children who share our world.

Contact: Richard King | | (440) 572-2026.


Laura's Home 

Laura's Home – a satellite of The City Mission – provides shelter, meals and ministry to women and families in crisis. Volunteers are invited to help prepare and serve a warm breakfast to guests of Laura's home one Saturday a month. Unable to volunteer? Consider being a donor to help offset the cost of food. Checks can be made out to Grace Church with "Laura's Home" written in the memo line.

Click here to visit the Laura's Home website.
Contact: Wolf Buchroeder | | 440-935-1730


Hope Center for Refugees and Immigrants

This center in West Park is a satellite hub of Building Hope in the City, specifically designed to service refugees and immigrants living in West Park, Lakewood and surrounding communities. The Hope Center first opened in February of 2015, and in less than a year, it was serving over 100 refugees and immigrants each day. The Hope Center has become more than just a place for helpful programs, it gives refugees and immigrants a place of belonging. The center offers its programs and services through weekly classes, appointments and walk-in visits. The Hope Center is located at 15135 Triskett Rd. (Gateway West Church), and is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 AM - 7 PM

Click here to visit Hope Center's website.
Contact: Eileen Wilson | | 216-513-4762


International Friendships, Inc.

International Friendships (IFI Cleveland) is a community organization that works in partnership with universities and Christian volunteers to welcome and build relationships with international students. IFI matches international students with American volunteers from local churches for a cross-cultural exchange. Volunteers ensure students practical needs are met as they become acclimated with a new culture. IFI Cleveland supports international students at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Loraine County Community College and Baldwin Wallace College.

There are numerous ways to get involved:
• Airport Pick-up
• Friendship Partner
• Holiday Host
• Short Term Housing
• Volunteer Support for a Special Event

Click here to visit IFI's website.
Contact: Jonathan Putnam | | 216-596-7283


Envision Cleveland

Envision is a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. EC seeks to connect people with a heart to serve in the city, by matching them with local urban ministries and organizations. Their mission is to equip local ministries, in order to see local community transformation and the growth of God's Church in Cleveland. With hundreds of refugee families arriving each year in Cleveland, the Envision team has a unique opportunity to reach people from all over the world, including Somalia, Iraq, Bhutan and Burma. Envision also partners with dozens of other Alliance churches and urban ministries in the city, to meet practical needs and supply prayer to further Kingdom work in Cleveland.

Click here to visit Envision Cleveland's website.
Contact: Paul Huneycutt | | 216-925-4545


Ohio Guidestone

Ohio Guidestone has been serving children and families from in Cleveland since 1864. This organization is always looking for value-driven, passionate people who want to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Berea and its neighboring communities. Opportunities to serve include child care, residential treatment, counseling and support services.

Click here to visit Ohio Guidestone's website.
Contact: Tom Gimper | | 440-864-8734


True Freedom Ministries

An independent, non-profit ministry based in Northeast Ohio, True Freedom Ministries is involved in prison ministry, ministering to people struggling with addicitons, feeding the homeless, and visiting nursing homes.

Click here to visit True Freedom Ministries' website.
Contact: David Wessel | l 216-202-3636




Family Ministry Center

The FMC is another excellent urban ministry that encourages believers from around northeast Ohio be the hands and feet of Jesus in practical ways. Located in Clark-Fulton neighborhood, they exist to see God transform the lives of people in that part of the city. There are numerous opportunities to serve.

Click here to visit The Family Ministry Center website.


Scranton Road Ministries

This ministry of Scranton Road Bible Church exists to revitalize Cleveland neighborhoods one life at a time. It's goal is to equip, support, and educate youth and families on Cleveland's west side, all built on the hope-giving message of Jesus Christ.

Click here to visit Scranton Road Ministries' website.


map-footer 7393 Pearl Road
Middleburg Heights
Ohio 44130

P: 440.243.4885
F: 440.243.0297