2020 Fall Skyline
For years, the Casey family desired to relocate from their home in Brookside, to the East Side of Kansas City, for the purpose of loving & serving our community.
A little over one year ago, the desire was fulfilled. Marcellus and his beautiful wife Stephanie were pleased to model for their children Salem, Cora, Vivie and Ralphie what it looks like to live sacrificially - giving up something they might like or love for the sake of mission.
Together, the Casey family moved across the street from The Hope Center. Marcellus joined staff as our Chief Operating Officer and the eldest children were enrolled in our Youth Programs.
“On my first day at The Hope Center I was a little nervous and scared because sometimes I can be shy around people I don’t know well” Cora remembers. “Now I feel excited and confident about going to The Hope Center each week. I know that everything is going to be fine.” When Salem and Cora were asked their favorite thing about The Hope Center, THC Volunteers were at the very top of the list! Additionally, they enjoy the dances, events, field trips and dinners. “I like Mr. Rocky’s vegan burgers” one of the girls added with glee, as they reflected upon the staff’s willingness to go above and beyond.
Stephanie enjoys the fact that The Hope Center provides her children with Black History knowledge from a biblical lens, as well as a great deal of scripture and a warm environment. “It’s a family atmosphere where everyone is welcomed and loved. The whole staff models what they teach and live it out with their lives.”
Salem was excited to make friends quickly at the Hope Center and have the freedom to be herself. “The Hope Center is kind of like a Secret Society where everyone knows and loves each other” she reflects. Together, the girls determined that THC is “like a super small town where everyone knows each other” and “like a private club for kids”.
The Casey’s are very happy to be planting seeds of hope on Kansas City’s East Side. When asked why others should consider investing time and/or finances in the work happening at The Hope Center, Marcellus simply states "because living missionally should be part of everyone’s discipleship.”