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2010 National Winner

Freedom for Youth: Des Moines, Iowa

Midwest hope | by Marvin Olasky

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WORLD Magazine and the American Bible Society (ABS) are pleased to announce the national winner of the 2010 Hope Award for Effective Compassion: Freedom for Youth in Des Moines, Iowa. The winning ministry, along with the three other regional finalists-South winner Advance Memphis (Memphis, Tenn.), Northeast winner Rock Ministries (Philadelphia), and West winner New Horizons (Cañon City, Colo.)-were honored at a reception and ceremony on Sept. 16 at ABS headquarters in New York City. (See "And the winner is . . . ," by Marvin Olasky, Sept. 17, 2010.)

Since 2006, WORLD has recognized small organizations that work in big ways to help those in need.

For the 2010 Hope Award competition, WORLD announced one winner and two other finalists in each of four regions: West, Midwest, South, and Northeast. These organizations were honored at regional Hope Award dinners across the country, where ABS, co-sponsor of this contest, awarded a cash prize of $5,000 to each regional winner.

Over the summer WORLD readers cast their votes for the Final Four ministry they thought best embodied effective compassion, the kind that not only sympathizes with the needy but also helps them rise out of misery. In a close vote, Freedom for Youth came out on top as the national winner and was awarded an additional $5,000 from ABS.

Be sure to read the profiles and watch the videos of all 12 finalists (see links in each regional section below). We hope that such coverage will spotlight the work of these organizations and suggest to others the opportunity to go and do likewise.

2011 Hope Award

Our sixth annual competition will begin in January, but executive assistant June McGraw will store up any nominations readers wish to send now. Please describe in a sentence or two how you think the local ministry that you recommend is practicing biblical compassion that is challenging, personal, and spiritual. We tend to prefer small groups that don't take money from governmental agencies.

South Region

Freedom to serve |

by Marvin Olasky

2010 Regional Winner
Advance Memphis | Memphis, Tenn.

Self-healing hood: Advance Memphis is in an all-out fight against ghetto nihilism | by Daniel Olasky

2010 Runner-Up
Wears Valley Ranch | Sevierville, Tenn.

Hillside hideaway: Wears Valley shows traumatized kids how to live | by Daniel Olasky

2010 Runner-Up
Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries | Winston-Salem, N.C.

The lowest place: Jail ministry meets inmates at the very bottom—and teaches them that they matter | by Daniel Olasky

West Region

Effective compassion |

by Marvin Olasky

2010 Regional Winner
New Horizons | Cañon City, Colo.

Surrogate parents: New Horizons builds relationship triangles with prisoners and their newborn children | by Daniel Olasky

2010 Runner-Up
Christ Clinic | Spokane, Wash.

'It was a calling': With God at the center of everything it does, Christ Clinic fills a hole in the medical system | by Daniel Olasky

2010 Runner-Up
Youth Horizons | Wichita, Kan.

Loving discipline: Troubled teens find mentors and more at Youth Horizons | by Daniel Olasky

Northeast Region

Let the voting begin |

by Marvin Olasky

2010 Regional Winner
Rock Ministries | Philadelphia

A Rock in a hard place: In a neighborhood filled with hopelessness, Rock Ministries provides consistency, family, and more | by Daniel Olasky

2010 Runner-Up
Long Island Youth Mentoring | Long Island, N.Y.

Building bridges: New York program uses the power of mentoring to reach fatherless youth | by Daniel Olasky

2010 Runner-Up
Straight Ahead Ministries | Lynn, Mass.

Sharing a vision: Straight Ahead Ministries takes the toughest gang members and shows them the possibility of a new life | by Daniel Olasky

Midwest Region

Difference makers |

by Marvin Olasky

2010 Regional Winner
Freedom for Youth | Des Moines, Iowa

Finding freedom: Plagued by teen pregnancy and poverty, inner-city kids gain the confidence to break that cycle at Freedom For Youth | by Daniel Olasky

2010 Runner-Up
Exodus | Chicago

Making new friends: Exodus offers refugees in America something very few have: someone to trust | by Daniel Olasky

2010 Runner-Up
Shepherds Ministries | Union Grove, Wis.

Dreaming big: God has a purpose for the lives of the developmentally disabled, and Shepherds College aims to help them find it | by Daniel Olasky