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Our current outreach projects
Help & Hope Center
The Help & Hope Center was founded nearly 40 years ago by an interfaith task force in Douglas County to address the issues that affect community members who are unemployed, underemployed, on fixed incomes, disabled, and elderly. Approximately 96% of their clients receive food or toiletries.
The Help & Hope Center is one of Well of Hope's major outreach focuses throughout the year. We will collect and donate food and toiletries through a $250 Thrivent grant, cans of soup for "Souper Bowl" Sunday, toys and games for the "Santa's Sharing" program, and non-perishable food items, paper goods, and school supplies for "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday.
ELCA World Hunger
More than 820 million people - that's about 11 percent of people in our world today - are hungry. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. The number of families who are experiencing food insecurity here locally and around the world will certainly continue to be greater than ever in the coming months.
Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. Donations from the Well of Hope community provide resources needed to help rebuild the lives and communities of those dealing with natural disasters, famine, and war or violence. Lutheran Disaster Response remains hard at work long after the first responders are gone.
If you want to give through Well of Hope, you can donate on-line HERE. You can also make your check payable to "Well of Hope," put "Lutheran Disaster Response" in the memo line, and send it to the church office at 1057 Park Street, Suite A, Castle Rock, CO 80109. To donate directly, make checks payable to "Lutheran Disaster Response" and mail to: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, P. O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009, or go to elca.org/disaster.
We have supported the "ELCA Good Gifts" program by buying farm animals to help families break the cycle of poverty and hunger for good. We were able to provide a whole Family Farm (animals, seeds, tools, and agricultural training), plus several more animals.
The word "amparo" in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Due to our connection to companion churches in the region, including companion synod relationships, and existing ministries in the U.S., the ELCA is well-positioned to help ensure that these vulnerable children are protected.
Synodically Authorized Worshiping Community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that meets inside the walls of the Denver Women's Correctional Facility, a prison for women in Denver, Colorado.
Wellspring Community, located south of Wolfensberger on Park Street in Castle Rock, empowers the lives of adults with special needs. Their mission is to provide a work, enrichment, and educational community where adults with special needs are empowered to live full, productive and satisfying lives in a God-centered and nurturing environment. Their participants are STARS, Specially Talented Adults Raising Standards.
The Agwata School is a northern Uganda school serving students from Nursery level through P-7 which is 6th grade. The Agwata women’s group in the community started the school in 2009 as they were moving out of the IDP camps and resettling their ancestral lands. The women’s group have been pioneers in wanting their village to have a good primary school and also a clinic since they are in an area of the sub-county that is far from the next nearest government school and government health center. Outreach Uganda partners with the entire Agwata community to help students learn in this parish of five villages with over 5000 people.
The Well of Hope community provides monthly support for Ayeerwot Monica so that she can attend high school in Uganda.
Winter Shelter Network is a network of churches serving the homeless in Douglas County by providing a temporary, safe shelter to receive rest, meals and connection during the winter months.
We have supported "Wholly Kicks," a non-profit organization whose presence in Aurora and the Denver Metro area exists for the purpose of "walking with" those in impoverished areas or those at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness. Through the distribution of new shoes and socks, the focus of Wholly Kicks is to mentor and build relationships in "walking with" individuals who for varied reasons find themselves experiencing economic disparity.
Each year, we help Castle Rock Elementary School families with food for Thanksgiving by providing them with grocery gift cards.