2013 Winner: Administer Justice in Elgin and Geneva, Ill.
WORLD News Group is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Hope Award for Effective Compassion is Administer Justice in Elgin and Geneva, Ill. The ministry’s founder, Bruce Strom (pictured at left; photo by Jeffrey T. Marshall of Pixel Rally), accepted the award and a check for $25,000 at a reception at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13. (See “And the winner is …” by Marvin Olasky.)
Administer Justice, our Midwest Regional finalist and the recipient of the most votes in an online poll of WORLD’s readers, is made up of Christian lawyers who assist the poor and immigrant populations in Illinois who have legal problems. Four other regional finalists—Beltline Bike Shop in Atlanta (South), My Safe Harbor in Anaheim, Calif. (West), Hope Christian Center in the Bronx, N.Y., (East), and HOPE International’s program in Haiti—also were recognized at the reception in Washington, with each ministry receiving a check for $4,000. A generous donor made the cash awards for the ministries possible.
Attention now turns to the 2014 Hope Award for Effective Compassion. Any WORLD reader can nominate a ministry: It has to be an explicitly Christian non-profit organization that emphasizes challenging, personal, and spiritual help to those in need. We’ve found over the years that thoughtful, individual commitment is essential if compassion—which literally means “with suffering”—is to be effective. In contrast, many federal welfare programs feed bureaucracies, enable unproductive behavior among recipients, and attempt to banish God.
If you know of a local Christian program that you think is effective in helping the poor, please nominate it for 2014 by emailing June McGraw: email@example.com. Please give the name, city, and website address of the nominated program, and include a brief description of what you admire about it.
My Safe Harbor | Anaheim, Calif.
Parent practicum: My Safe Harbor helps single mothers break the dysfunctional cycle of broken homes | by Angela Lu
Crossroads Nogales Rescue Mission | Nogales, Ariz.
Desert oasis: A border doesn’t stop Crossroads Nogales Rescue Mission from being good neighbors to those in need | by Angela Lu
Hope: Introducing the 2013 Hope Award for Effective Compassion regional winners | by Marvin Olasky
Administer Justice | Elgin and Geneva, Ill.
Free retainer: In Illinois, Administer Justice helps the poor get their day in court | by Daniel James Devine
The Shepherd Community Center | Indianapolis
Help and hope: The Shepherd Community Center anchors a struggling Indianapolis neighborhood | by Daniel James Devine
HOPE International | Belladere, Haiti
Bearing fruit: HOPE International’s effort to help Haitians learn to save money looks beyond financial returns | by Jamie Dean
Beltline Bike Shop | Atlanta, Ga.
Help on wheels: Beltline gives kids a chance to earn a bike and learn a work ethic | by Susan Olasky and Rachel Cooper
Solus Christus | East Bend, N.C.
Farm and home: Women on their way to drug rehab can begin the healing process at Solus Christus | by Kira Clark
Hope Christian Center | The Bronx, N.Y.
Urban L’Abri: Hope Christian Center offers discipleship—not rehab—for the homeless and drug-addicted | by Emily Belz
Active Compassion Through Service | Philadelphia
Brotherly love: Hundreds of volunteers bring the gospel to prisons, nursing homes, homeless men, and others with Active Compassion Through Service | by Emily Belz