Hope is one of the Holy Cross core values. We hope for a world where justice and love prevail.
Project HOPE, which stands for Hoban's Outreach for Peace and Equality, was launched in the fall of 2008. This ministry continues to enable students, faculty, staff and other volunteers to share food and fellowship with members of the Akron community who are experiencing homelessness or other hardships.
An estimated 5,000 Hoban community members have worked together, volunteering their time, donating food and offering monetary donations to serve between 75–90 meals each week.
Every Wednesday, after school and throughout the summer months, students and volunteers meet in the cafeteria kitchen to prepare a meal, depart by school van to visit people in largely unseen corners of the Akron community and return to the Hoban campus around 7 p.m. Students spend most of their time engaging in conversations, making friends and serving food to those they meet.
Project HOPE was about far more than just helping those in need. We had the opportunity to get out of our comfort zones and truly get to know those we served. We learned about their families, their challenges, their dreams—and just how much we had in common with them. As a journalist, my goal with every story is to do just that: Take readers to meet someone whose life, on the surface, may seem very removed from their own and show them how in reality, we are all more similar than we are different.
—Jessica Contera ’10, The Washington Post reporter
Support Project HOPE
It is estimated that approximately $100-$150 is needed each week to pay for food and other necessities to support this ministry. We rely heavily on the generosity of others for monetary and food donations.
The ultimate goal is to endow this program. If you would like to learn how to become a donor of Project HOPE, contact the Office of Advancement.