2014 Hope Award for Effective Compassion
Every year since 2006 WORLD reporters have traveled the United States (and in the past three years, foreign countries as well) to research and write about Christian poverty-fighting programs that offer challenging, personal, and spiritual help.
This summer we published profiles of four Christian ministries in the running for the 2014 Hope Award for Effective Compassion. East winner Seeds of Hope in urban New Jersey ministers to prisoners, prostitutes, addicts, and others. Midwest winner Friends Ministry has 61 rural Michigan acres in which the poor can work off their bills. South winner Maury United Ministries gives rides in Tennessee to those without transportation, and in the process builds relationships. West winner Jubilee Leadership Academy works with troubled teenage boys in Washington state.
And the winner is …
Jubilee Leadership Academy of Prescott, Wash., is the winner of WORLD’s 2014 Hope Award for Effective Compassion. More than 12,000 readers and ministry supporters voted in a record turnout. At the Nov. 20 awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Jubilee executive director Rick Griffin (pictured at right with his wife, Leann/photo by Willis Bretz) accepted the award and a check for $25,000.
The four regional winners and the international winner, Compassion International’s Central American programs, received checks for $4,000. Runners-up in each region received $1,000.
Nominees for the 2015 Hope Award
If you know of an evangelical group in your community that offers challenging, personal, and spiritual help to the poor, please nominate it for the 2015 Hope Award by sending a note with a brief description to June McGraw (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jubilee Leadership Academy | Prescott, Wash.
Growing on the farm: West region winner Jubilee Leadership Academy offers troubled boys a new beginning amid apple orchards. | by Sophia Lee
The Village of Hope | Tustin, Calif.
Truth and beauty: West Region runner-up: From broken homes to a gorgeous campus. | by Sophia Lee
Friends Ministry | Lake City, Mich.
Fruits of Labor: A community garden in rural Michigan challenges the poor to work off their bills. | by Daniel James Devine
Community Warehouse | Milwaukee, Wis.
Freedom to work: A Milwaukee nonprofit gives background-challenged workers a door to new life. | by Daniel James Devine
Where are they now? | by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Compassion International | Central America
Hope and help for the poor: Our ninth annual Hope Award coverage begins with a trip to poor areas of Central America. | by Marvin Olasky
Maury United Ministries | Maury County, Tenn.
Driving Miss Tracy: South Region winner changes lives one ride at a time. | by Marvin Olasky
St. Roch Community Development Corporation | New Orleans
Fixer uppers: New Orleans group deals with pluses and minuses of a post-Katrina boom. | by Marvin Olasky
Seeds of Hope | Camden, N.J.
Street savvy: East Region winner Seeds of Hope has won credibility in a brutal Camden neighborhood. | by Emily Belz
A House on Beekman | Bronx, N.Y.
Building trust: A House on Beekman is there for Bronx families from pregnancy to graduation. | by Emily Belz