Project H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) began when two crafters felt the tug of God on their hearts to help people in their community who were hungry and in need of food assistance. During the summer of 2009 they started to pray and talk about this need to family and friends and a small group of people met in December to discuss this dream. Among those things mentioned were a food bank, thrift store, and soup kitchen. During the summer of 2010 several members of the group met with more individuals and the plans for a once-a-month soup meal started to take shape. The free monthly community dinners started at Cafe Aroma in August of 2010 and then moved to the First Presbyterian Church in October of that year.
On August 5, 2011 Project H.O.P.E.(Help Our People Eat) officially became Macomb Project H.O.P.E. Inc. NFP, a not-for-profit charity within the state of Illinois with its office located at 119 W. Carroll Street in Macomb, Illinois. On September 3, 2011 the organization opened H.O.P.E. Community Thrift Store which was established to eventually fund the corporation. The store is unique and offers a wide variety of used items such as clothing, toys, books, furniture, and miscellaneous items.
As of March 2012, Project H.O.P.E. no longer sponsors the monthly dinners. The board of directors voted in January to discontinue the dinners under the corporation. The once a month dinners are under the auspices of the First Presbyterian Church located at 400 E. Carroll Street in Macomb, Illinois.
In June of 2014, Macomb Project H.O.P.E. Inc. NFP was notified by the United States Government that it had been granted 501c3 tax-exempt status. Charitable contribution statements can now be issued upon request to private and corporate donors.
In November of 2014, H.O.P.E. Community Thrift Store, The Harvest Food Pantry, and the Macomb Project H.O.P.E. Inc. NFP office moved to 122 N. Side Square in historic downtown Macomb, Illinois 61455.
Mission Statement: With the power of God’s love and wisdom, we endeavor to help meet the food insecurity needs of families and individuals by providing food assistance. While desiring to promote self-reliance, we encourage a relationship with Jesus Christ. As we build friendships and hope, we strive to heal our community with acts of kindness and love.
Statement of Faith:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Old and New Testaments pointing to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
We believe that there is One God, eternally revealed to the world in the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit. By Him were all things created. We believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem all of mankind. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life on this earth, performed many undeniable miracles, was crucified for our sins, was buried and was raised from the dead for our justification. By the name of Jesus Christ, and His name only, can mankind be saved. Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of the Father and will return personally in power and glory to receive His Church unto Himself.
We believe that mankind is sinful by nature and will perish without the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as revealed in His Gospel. That God wishes that no one should perish, but that all would come to this saving knowledge through the preaching of the Gospel to a lost and hopeless world.
We believe in the work of The Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin, revelation of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, drawing of the sinner to God, adoption of mankind into the Body of Christ through regeneration, and the distribution and administration of the gifts and fruit of The Holy Spirit in the believer’s life.
We believe in the local church as a place where believers gather together for edification, teaching from the Word of God, the corporate worship of God, and the fellowship of one to another. The local church provides identity to its members as well as friendship, encouragement, interdependence, correction, discipline and shared hope in serving a risen Lord.
We believe in the sanctity of human life and do not support abortion or euthanasia in any form.
We believe in the present ministry of The Holy Spirit by whose power the Christian is able to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.