Mission Hope For Kids has been bringing hope to the youth of Hardin County, Kentucky, for almost a decade and formally as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) since 2012. The driving force behind MHFK is a faith-based value system that has been in place since this group began as a local church community. Seeking to provide spiritual support to neighborhood kids in a living room setting in 2006, the growing need necessitated another meeting place.
In 2007, a handful of church members volunteered to transport the children, ages 3 to 14, to their church facility to be able to continue to reach and care for them in a weekly bible study. Immediately after the program began, volunteers realized that these children had urgent physical needs, such as hunger, that cast a shadow over the ability to nurture spiritual needs. The church decided to begin a local chapter of Kid’s Café, an already established entity, to help provide for both the physical and spiritual needs of children living in poverty. Under a larger umbrella organization, Kids Café flourished and soon was serving more than 150 children in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. With food for physical needs and faith-based activities for spiritual growth, volunteers still noted that the kids needed more.
Mission Hope for Kids was founded and begin to come alongside the schools and other county entities to develop a comprehensive program to help mentor and holistically nourish (educationally, spiritually, physically and emotionally) the children.
Kid’s Café dissolved this chapter to expand the services provided, and Mission Hope For Kids was officially established as a 501(c)(3) in May 2012. With a safe environment that offers food for nourishment, access to clothes and hygiene items, educational support, continuous care and mentoring by engaged adults, Mission Hope For Kids continues to “serve up hope” to some of the greatest kids in Hardin, County, so they can experience a better today and the brighter tomorrow that they deserve.