History and Mission
The story of Christian Hope Resource Center (CHRC) began more than 25 years ago with two women who wanted to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors by gathering and distributing food and clothing to the poor. Years later, they began partnering with local churches to effectively share resources and eventually established the Christian Hope Resource Center in 1999. By in February of 2001, CHRC became a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. With the help of the San Antonio community, a local bar was transformed into a vibrant and welcoming community center, offering hope to the neediest community members in San Antonio. Ten years later, CHRC was serving over 4,000 families per month and provided a variety of services in its community center through partnerships with area nonprofit agencies.
In 2012, CHRC’s Board decided to change the way the resource center served the community. Rather than handing out a monthly food supplement, the Board decided to implement a case management program to work with families on an ongoing basis to help them identify the root causes of their food insecurity and to help them develop a proactive plan to become more self-sufficient.CHRC’s model is based on providing a hand-up, rather than a hand-out. Rather than serving food on a transactional basis, CHRC is working to create meaningful relationships with the needy community seeking its resources with the goal of promoting and helping establish self-sufficiency within each household. CHRC works with a number of local nonprofit agencies to provide a variety of life skill and prevention-based programs to strengthen the family. A number of CHRC's ministries are led by dedicated volunteers.