It was powerful and inspiring to have over 400 leaders from across Hillsborough County unite virtually on Zoom for HOPE’s 32nd Annual Convention. We know the past seven months have been overwhelming and stressful for many, so we continue to be encouraged by all who show up to transform our community.
Over the past couple months, leaders from our member congregations have held small group gatherings where people share what worries or concerns they have about the community – what struggles they or loved ones are facing. We had 56 small group meetings with over 450 participating and sharing their experiences.
We heard stories of people struggling to get adequate addiction treatment because insurance only covers 28 days; of people struggling to care for family members with severe mental illness; of people struggling to take care of their parents with dementia; of people worrying about their job and financial security, of their health and the health of their family, people having to walk 2 miles home from the bus stop, just to highlight a few. Thank you to the four leaders who shared their personal testimonies with us at the Convention.