At HOPEtown, we aim to
minister with those in need in
the same way Jesus did it.

We don't minister TO the margins, but instead we deliberately stake out the margins so that we can minister FROM the margins.

Because we are ALL in need.

Because doing GOOD
is never BAD.

Because doing RIGHT
is never WRONG.

HOPEtown is a 501(c)(3) Christian non-profit organization devoted to ministering with those in need in Lewisburg, Tennessee and the surrounding area. We are not a church, nor are we the ministry of any particular church. This is by design. Quite deliberately, we are both non-denominational and interdenominational as part of our effort to transcend and even dismantle barriers so that we can serve and partner with the entire community. Close partnerships include several different churches, businesses, civic organizations; and numerous individuals in the community.

Through a variety of continuously expanding programs, we minister with those in need of food, clothing, hygiene items, rent & utility assistance, home maintenance & repair, counseling, worship, Bible teaching, spiritual mentoring, and assistance with homelessness. Additionally, we provide summer nutrition and enrichment for children, and we also are grateful to provide safe shelter and aid for victims of homelessness and domestic violence. Meeting unmet needs is always what we aim to do, and we pray that God will enable and equip us to add additional programs as the need demands.
Harvest of Hope Food Pantry of Marshall County is our constantly maintained supply of non-perishable food items that we use to regularly assist those in need. These food items are almost entirely provided by local individuals, churches, businesses, schools, and civic organizations.

Martha's Closet is our clothing ministry. We receive innumerable clothing donations and then organize them and place them in our Martha's Closet store, in which those in need may shop at no charge for whatever clothing needs they and their family may have.

Jericho Road, which owes its name to a detail in Jesus’ timeless parable of the Good Samaritan, is the program in which we provide rent/utility/medication assistance for local residents in need. In 2020 this total exceeded $20,000.

Project 9:58 is our homelessness ministry. We offer a warm-up shelter in the winter through our partnership with First Presbyterian Church and also offer assistance in locating and paying for housing. A new transitional housing component of this ministry, called HOPEhouse, will be getting its start with an exciting real estate purchase we made in April 2021.

Hands of Hope is a grassroots, volunteer-led program focused on providing cost-free home maintenance and repair for elderly or disabled persons who do not possess the financial means and physical ability to perform the needed work themselves.

Table 4.12 is the name of our meal delivery program for seniors and disabled persons. Every Wednesday we deliver a hot meal and critical grocery and hygiene items to several dozen persons who have limited health, transportation, or financial ability.

The Well is our weekly outreach event on Saturday evenings. At 4 pm we have an open gym time for kids (we provide adult supervision). At 5 pm we have a time of fellowship and worship led by our Executive Director and by a rotating cast of volunteers from several different churches. During this time we also offer (1) children's classes taught by dedicated and skilled volunteer teachers and (2) a hot and delicious meal to every person present.

Bright Ideas is our summer and after-school children's program. From 8 am-noon on summer Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, we provide food in addition to educational, spiritual, and character enrichment for 1st grade-6th grade children. The after-school component of this program is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year from 3:30-5:30 pm. As in all our programs, there is no cost to the children or their families.

Frank Sullivan

Executive Director

The historic Connelly School, which has served as a high school, junior high school, and middle school, dates back to 1929. It ceased its school functions more than twenty years ago, and its cafeteria, kitchen, locker rooms, mezzanine, gymnasium, and athletic field now serve as the hub of our work in Lewisburg. Sitting near the center of the largest and most impoverished neighborhood in the city, its location and history make it an ideal site from which to reach out to those in need in our community. We realize that it's not the prettiest or most state-of-the-art spot in town, but it serves God's purpose in our ministry and serves it well. We also realize that some would say the building's best days are behind it, but we don't see it that way at all. As we see it, our facility's marginal condition and reimagined purpose enable it to serve as an ideal metaphor for the work God is doing in us and with us at HOPEtown. We believe that means its best days are now and that even better days are yet to come!
Our historic hub

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  • 330 North 5th Avenue, Lewisburg, TN, USA
  • Lewisburg, Tennessee 37091
  •  931-993-7791
  •  Sundays CLOSED. Mondays 9 am-2 pm. Tuesdays 9 am-5 pm. Wednesdays 9 am-noon. Thursdays 9 am-5 pm. Fridays Open by appointment only. Saturdays 10 am-2 pm. Please call us at any time if your need is a dire emergency.
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  •  12/3/2021 05:00 PM
  •   330 North 5th Avenue, Lewisburg, TN, USA

It's a special Christmas version of our This-N-That giveaways! We'll be giving away tons of random food items; warm clothes; household items such as dishes, blankets, towels, and bed linens; and Christmas decorations as well. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

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  •  11/23/2021 05:00 PM
  •   416 West Church Street, Lewisburg, TN, USA

It's our 4th annual Community Thanksgiving dinner and worship! We'll be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and will follow it with a special Thanksgiving worship. This event is being done in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Lewisburg.

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  •  11/13/2021 10:00 AM
  •   330 North 5th Avenue, Lewisburg, TN, USA

We are giving away sofas, chairs, tables, bed frames, and more! And every person who comes to get furniture will receive a big bag of food as well.

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