Urban Outreach Ministry

From its inception, Hope has taken seriously our Lord's command to care for the under-resourced among us. To that end, we have implemented a rich variety of successful urban initiatives that have become part of our DNA. These programs foster relationships between people from two very different backgrounds and lifestyles. They make friends out of strangers and heal the wounds of our past. 


For more than 25 years, the Urban Ministry of Hope Church has offered life-changing experiences through the Urban Plunge and Justice Tour of Civil Rights Movement. These events have been instrumental to getting individuals engaged by serving others through discipleship and giving. The Urban Ministry serves over 1,000 families annually through Thanksgiving Food Drives, backpacks for school children and sponsoring families during Christmas with the Tree of Hope.


Our ministry has been avid about serving hundreds of children annually from the inner city with Resurrection activities and hosting Vacation Bible School sessions during the summer at various churches in South Memphis, Frayser and other areas of the city. To get involved, take a look at some of our volunteer opportunities below. 


Operation Delivering Hope

The Urban Ministry is recruiting more volunteers for our Operation Delivering Hope Initiative. Since early April we’ve been able to deliver hundreds of prepared meals to homebound Hope members and Friends of Hope with weekly food and supplies. We work hand-in-hand with the Kitchen Ministry to ensure minimal contact using their established safety and health protocols. Currently we deliver on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 3:00 p.m.

What steps are involved in the delivery process? As an ODH Driver, you will…

  1. Receive a list of safety protocols prior to beginning.
  2. Receive a list of recipients with contact info each day you are scheduled.
  3. Bring a face mask and hand sanitizer or wipes to use along your route.    
  4. Arrive outside Entrance 1 on Hope’s campus before 3:00 p.m. on your scheduled day, park in the designated area, and receive prepackaged items from Kitchen Staff in your trunk or backseat. You will also receive disposable gloves for handling packages.
  5. Travel to each address on your assigned route (addresses are clustered by zip codes).
  6. Leave delivery on porch or doorstep (no contact required).

If you have free time on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. to deliver to our Hope Family, please fill out the form below.

Volunteer Form 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Knitters welcome you to make caps for babies in the NICU and prayer shawls and gloves on request. Starter kits are available along with free instruction. You only need a desire to learn and be a blessing. Please contact Laura Huggins at laura.huggins@hopechurchmemphis.com if interested.

Whether you are experienced or have never quilted before, please join us for quilting at Hope. We make quilts for preemies, moms who have experienced difficult births, and others in need. Quilters gather from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the 4th Saturday of each month from January through October. Please contact Laura Huggins at laura.huggins@hopechurchmemphis.com if interested.

Please click the link below to explore other serving opportunities with our wonderful ministry partners.


Urban Staff

Andrea Curry

Urban Ministry Director

All Staff, Urban Outreach

Laura Huggins

Urban Administrative Assistant & Special Event Coordinator

All Staff, Urban Outreach