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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 …

hopewinners.jpgJubilee 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. 

West Region

Jubilee Leadership Academy2014 Regional Winner
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 Hope2014 Runner-Up
The Village of Hope | Tustin, Calif.

Truth and beauty: West Region runner-up: From broken homes to a gorgeous campus. | by Sophia Lee

Midwest Region

Friends Ministry2014 Regional Winner
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 Warehouse2014 Runner-Up
Community Warehouse | Milwaukee, Wis.

Freedom to work: A Milwaukee nonprofit gives background-challenged workers a door to new life. | by Daniel James Devine

A look backA look back | Hope Award winners from the past

Where are they now? | by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette


Compassion International2014 International Winner
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

South Region

Maury United Ministries2014 Regional Winner
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 Corporation2014 Runner-Up
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

East Region

Seeds of Hope2014 Regional Winner
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 Beekman2014 Runner-Up
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