When Rich Hooper arrived at Grace Community Church three years ago, he saw a need in Princeton. “I once heard someone say, ‘Hungry bellies can’t hear the Gospel.’ I believe the physical needs of the individuals have to be met before you can really begin to help heal any hurts that are there.”
He initiated a partnership with CLC because CLC could do what the church wanted to do but didn’t have the resources to accomplish. “CLC is fertile soil in which to plant seed because they have proven over the years that they are passionate about helping those in need in this area, while maintaining a sensitivity to stewardship of the funds that have been given. We support CLC because of their ability to reach clients that we would never be able to reach. While they have been structured as a nonprofit organization, I feel they operate under biblical principles and desire to actively work with the local churches to extend their reach and effectiveness.”
Hooper goes on to say that the mission of Grace Community Church is to bring Hope back to people in the community – not just to give “fish” but to help people “learn to fish” for themselves. CLC’s practice of multi-level assistance; guiding people back to self-sufficiency, is perfectly aligned to fulfill that mission.
“The partnership brings a completeness to our ability to minister to our communities. Community Lifeline provides assistance in a variety of tangible ways that we as a small church don’t have the resources to accomplish.”
In addition to supporting CLC’s operating budget, the Hoopers are continually promoting CLC to church members to encourage them to get involved in volunteering, or to help by donating items needed at the Center.
Because of the faithfulness and generosity of their members, and their amazing leadership, Grace Community Church, with CLC, is providing Hope. Help. Here. in Princeton and beyond.
Rich Hooper, Senior Pastor
Grace Community Church