New Hope creates sustainable change for tomorrow.
New Hope Teen Leaders
As part of New Hope’s holistic approach to community ministry, an active youth group called The Squad meets twice a month to take part in activities and build meaningful relationships. In the midst of the fun, the teens have critical conversations about life, leadership, and their futures. They build their social skills and tackle tough topics like peer pressure, bullying, relationships, and drugs. The topics which the teens cover are often covered at the same time with the parents in Parenting Class, helping the whole family to understand the struggles of being a teenager in the metro-Paterson area.
In Prospect Park and Haledon combined, about 55% of the population speaks a language other than English at home. Given this incredibly diverse context, New Hope partners with several local churches to offer English as a Second Language Classes at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Throughout the years, over 150 students have enrolled in our ESL Classes. One of the highlights of this program is hearing former students tell us that they got a job because of the English they learned at New Hope!
Over 30% of our community was born outside of the United States. Navigating the immigration system is a challenge for new immigrants. The Bible calls us to care for the foreigner in our midst in many places, such as Leviticus 19:33-4: "When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God." With this in mind, New Hope has been collaborating with immigration legal expert, David Nachman, and his colleagues at NPZ Law Group, PC to bring invaluable assistance to new immigrants. To date, we have helped 16 people become American citizens and 50 people advance their visa status.
Children of Hope
During the Women of Hope meeting, the teens from The Squad lead this program for their children. The purpose of Children of Hope is to intentionally raise up leaders from among the community children. Through a structured curriculum and theme driven focus, these children will be equipped to be disciples of Jesus in our society. This program is beginning in fall 2016.