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Giving That’s As Unique As You Are…

At this time of year, non-profits focus a lot of attention to the benevolence and generosity of its supporters and donor partners.  When it comes to being generous, we have some of the most dedicated supporters that make it possible for us to continue the mission that God has called us to.  Without you, we simply would not be in a position to help individuals and families overcome addiction.

When it comes to giving through HopeQuest, here are some interesting facts you might like to know….

  1. 25% of the budget at HopeQuest comes from the financial support of partners just like you.
  2. 50% of our financial support comes in the last 3 months of the year.
  3. 28% of our support comes during the month of December alone.
  4. Over 1,000 clients and families have come through the Trek program that your financial gifts make possible.
  5. HopeQuest recently opened an Intensive Out Patient program to increase opportunity for those impacted by addiction but can’t come into a residential program.  Additional expansion of services is coming in 2019.

Occasionally we have partners that like to give in creative ways.  One of those ways is through the giving of STOCK or Mutual Funds.

We have partnered with the National Christian Foundation (NCF) when it comes to non-cash gifts (such as stock).  Several of our partners last year maximized the impact of their gift with the help of NCF.

If you are curious about giving stock or another asset other than cash, click this link to read a short article about giving stock from NCF.

https://www.ncfgiving.com/stories/tis-the-season-for-stock-giving/

For more information, feel free to reach out to our Director of Development Steve Cummings at steve.cummings@hopequestgroup.org or our Ministry Development Officer Gant Garner at gant.garner@hopequestgroup.org.

Thank you again for always being behind us at HopeQuest.  We are so grateful for your generosity.

PLEASE PRAY FOR HOPEQUEST OVER THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

The Christmas holidays are one of the toughest times for our clients in the Trek Program, along with their spouses and family members who are apart from them during this usually festive time. Others we minister to in Walking Free and Journey may also be struggling with challenges. Our counselors and staff can find themselves stretched as well as they minister through the hurdles during this season. 

Please remember to pray for HopeQuest clients, our counselors, and staff as you prepare to celebrate Christmas with your family and loved ones…

#Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 27, 2018

Did you participate in #GivingTuesday last year?
Join the global movement!
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.
This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 27. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
HopeQuest believes that everyone’s addiction story matters, and everyone’s “giving story” matters too… and that’s why we participate in #GivingTuesday.
You can give to HopeQuest on #GivingTuesday at:

Donate 5% through AmazonSmile through Nov. 2nd, 2018

Do you shop Amazon? Be sure to use Amazon Smile to help support HopeQuest…
Choose: “The Hopequest Ministry Group Inc”
AmazonSmile has donated over $100 million to charities thanks to customers shopping at smile.amazon.com. To celebrate, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to The Hopequest Ministry Group Inc when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/47-0941001 through Nov 2.
This week, Amazon is celebrating their amazing accomplishment helping various charities through their Amazon Smile Program. It’s easy to help support HopeQuest through this program. Simply go to smile.amazon.com before shopping, and choose to support “The Hopequest Ministry Group, Inc” 
Be sure to help support HopeQuest this week during this special promotion! Thank you!
#AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile

Steve’s Journey Continues… Changing Lives at HopeQuest

A year ago I was in a relapse of my addiction, hiding it from my wife for a second time.  30 days later I crashed.  It was as if God said, “Okay Steve . . . are you done?” and rescued me and brought me to this oasis in the woods of Georgia to begin to heal my broken heart.
I went through the Trek program last July and achieved September 22nd not knowing what God was going to do with me at 55 years old.  Every day I was at Trek I asked Him, “Who would want me?”  It turns out God had a place for me and it was right back here at HopeQuest.  I didn’t see that one coming and it has driven this point home in my heart:
God is not finished with me yet. My best days are still ahead!
Your giving to HopeQuest is making it possible for broken men like myself to begin to experience healing, hope and freedom.  I simply can’t thank you enough for making this possible!
I want to share with you some images you don’t normally get to see.  Every Thursday night at Trek is a holy night. There’s at least one guy, sometimes two or three, who are achieving from the program and we have a bonfire to honor them and speak truth into their life.  I wish I could record what each man says to the honored “graduate.”  You would be blown away and be wiping tears from your eyes over the love these men share for each other.
After we are done, we huddle around our newest Trek alum by the cross and 3 guys pray over him asking Almighty God to keep doing His work in him and protect him from the Evil one.  It’s a band of brothers like no other.  Former Special Forces men who come through Trek have told us this program was harder than serving in our nation’s military.
And YOU make it all possible!
We recently completed our “Match It March” annual campaign (which we let run into April) where we challenged our Walking Free groups and our Trek alumni to give according to their ability.  Many gave $5, $20 or $100, whatever they could, and even asked their co-workers, family and friends to give.  Their total giving was matched by some of our most generous donors and together they gave $75,000.00!  This is what God does in the hearts of broken men who have experienced His unconditional love and grace.
We are putting this $75,000.00 before God and asking Him to multiply it one more time with giving from all our faithful friends who give to HopeQuest.
Would you be as generous as you can and ask Him what He would have you give to HopeQuest this month?  
Bless you for the part you play in being God’s instruments to “rescue the brokenhearted whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalm 34:18) He continues to do His most AMAZING work here at HopeQuest and we are incredibly grateful for your support.
Steve Cummings
Director of Development

Upcoming Event: CityFest 2017!  

Saturday, September 30th Noon-10:00 pm –Woodstock City Park & Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater, Downtown Woodstock, GA

Hello! We are reaching out to you as supporters of HopeQuest in hopes of gaining your support for this great event coming up in just under two weeks… CityFest 2017 in downtown Woodstock at the amphitheater!
This event is committed to improving the community through charity, and finding charity through community. It is a great idea, and as a first-year event needs all the help it can get to become a lasting event that can truly have an impact on our community. There are 10 charities that will benefit from this event this year, HopeQuest being one of them.
Attendees will pay $10 to come watch the performers on stage, and the charge for children to get an all-day bounce house pass will be $15 (only $5 for the 2-5 yr. old kids to bounce on the smaller bounce houses). There are 10 different inflatables, so it will be really great for the families. Food will be on site, and the bands are fantastic. These performers are local performers who play regularly in different worship bands.
Shelley Johnson, Chinua Hawk, The Hot Hearts (The Westbrookes), Tall Bear, Blonde River and last… The Northpoint InsideOut Band. The bands play from 2pm until 10pm and the bounce houses open at noon. The charities will all be present, sharing their stories, and working to raise volunteers up from the attendees.

Where we need your help…

  • Please plan on coming to this event and consider being an attendee and a volunteer.
  • Please post this event on your social media, link to this facebook event:
  • Please email this information out to your friends and network and ask them to volunteer if they can, here is the volunteer page:
  • If you can help take posters out to your network, please do, as it will help to establish this event. You can email info@healthsprout.com in order to plan to pick up posters in downtown Woodstock.
  • You can also go straight to this website www.cityfestwoodstock.com and then to this link on the site to download the poster and print it as a flyer to pass out –

https://cityfestwoodstock.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/cityfest_poster_27x19_final.pdf

Your help is so appreciated!! This is going to be a great annual event,
an encouragement to HopeQuest, and you can be a huge part of it! Thank you so much and blessings to you!!

Support HopeQuest While You Shop at Kroger!

Kroger Community Rewards Program

Support HopeQuest while you shop at Kroger…

WHAT

The Kroger Community Rewards (KCR) program is evaluated annually, and the time for Kroger Plus Card holders to re-enroll is now. The Atlanta Division launched the program in September 1, 2013, and Kroger Card holders must re-enroll to begin accumulating dollars for their schools, charities, and organizations annually.  This year, Kroger is proud to donate $500,000 to local schools and nonprofits through this Kroger Plus Card based fundraiser.

WHO

Everyone who shops at Kroger can sign up for a free Kroger Card and support HopeQuest today! Currently enrolled Kroger Card members and supporters DO have to re-enroll every August.  You will not have to set up a new Kroger.com account, only link your card again to The HopeQuest Ministry Groups, Inc NPO #39575.

WHEN

Now through August 26, 2017, current rewards customers may re-enroll.  Your current selection will not be affected and continue to earn rewards through the end of this program year (August 26, 2017).  Your re-enrollment of HopeQuest will start earning for the new program year starting August 27, 2017.

WHERE

Kroger.com/communityrewards

WHY

At HopeQuest, we are FOR the person held captive in addiction.
We believe that by saving the life of one individual, we impact past and future generations by helping individuals experience freedom, hope, and life. Our clients return to their communities and families equipped, healthy, and hopeful.
If you are already a financial partner with us, THANK YOU on behalf of our current clients and families. If you aren’t, would you prayerfully consider becoming a HopeQuest financial partner today through the Kroger Community Rewards Program? It’s an easy way to be a part of investing in changing addiction’s stories through simply registering your Kroger shopping card with HopeQuest and “Give as You Live”…
 

HOW

We would like to encourage you to register your Kroger Shopping Card online at krogercommunityrewards.com

  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with The HopeQuest Ministry Groups, Inc NPO #39575 after you sign up.
  • If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • If you are a new online customer, you must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter The HopeQuest Ministry Groups, Inc NPO #39575, select our organization from the list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see HopeQuest’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, your purchases will not count for HopeQuest until after you register your card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • You must swipe your registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to your registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each of your purchases to count towards HopeQuest.

333 Dollars

 333 dollars.

Seems like a random number doesn’t it?  What could you possibly do with 333 dollars?
I can tell you what we can do with 333 dollars.  That money buys one man’s day in the Trek program. It is one day closer to a family having their son, brother, or father back.
What does he do in that one day, you ask?
He is in group therapy for about 6 hours.
He gets 3 square meals a day, plus snacks.
He has a roof over his head, a comfortable place to sleep, and most of all, his family knows he is SAFE.
He may have an individual counseling session with his therapist.
He sits on the front porch and talks to his mentor about the things he is learning about himself.
He plays a round of volleyball with the other clients.
He does his homework from group that day, reads his new, leather bound Bible, and journals.
That seems like a lot of activities for 333 dollars, doesn’t it? I thought so too.  At HopeQuest, our vision is to make recovery affordable and accessible. Your gift, along with the gifts of other generous donors, allows us to do that by financially subsidizing 1/3 of a client’s stay. And it starts with one day.
So my question to you is, would you, your small group, your Sunday school class, your church, or your family, be willing to donate 333 dollars to pay for a day in Trek, so that one man can write a different ending to his story?
Call 678-391-5950 today or you can send us a check at P.O. Box 2699, Woodstock, GA 30189

 

We are NOT Sorry

bible-readingSometimes, we need to say we are sorry.  We just do, and at Hopequest, we do use the word “sorry” in the context of feeling regret or sadness when we have hurt someone.  And that is appropriate.

But there are some times we are not sorry, and one of those is that we are not just a Clinically Effective organization, but we are one that is unapologetically Christ Centered.  It is something that we will not compromise on.

As a result, we have an immediate need that you can help us with.  We would like EVERY client that comes to the Hopequest TREK program to have a good study Bible.

The leather bound study Bibles are $40 each.  You can sponsor 1, 2, or as many as you would like!

Help us continue to build our programs on being both clinically effective and CHRIST CENTERED!

 

 

State of Emergency

We pray you are safely home with your loved ones during this ice and snow storm! The state of Georgia is in a state of emergency.

At Hopequest, the ongoing tumultuous weather has created a state of emergency for us personally. In addition to the two significant winter storms we have experienced recently, there have also been severe IT issues with our servers and phone systems for the past two months.

Coming on the heels of a fantastic year, we had a total crash of our IT system on December 19th. That includes our servers, email, phones, and record management system. Since that time, our ability to communicate, receive intake calls, and carry on with our ministry to hurting families- has been greatly impacted.

Between the storms and the IT crash, our greatest revenue source (residential clients) has been greatly reduced.

If the Lord would lead you to help us withstand the impact of the storms we have faced, you can give online at https://hopequestgroup.org/donate.

Checks can be mailed to:

The HopeQuest Ministry Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 2699
Woodstock, Georgia 30188

Lastly, non-liquid gifts such as stocks, property, and business interest can be given by contacting gant.garner@hopequestgroup.org

Thank you for your willingness to help, and God bless.