Convoy Of Hope Responds To COVID-19

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Convoy Of Hope Responds To COVID-19

Convoy Of Hope is currently responding to COVID-19. To follow their full response or to donate, please click here.

(from convoyofhope.org)

APRIL 8, 2020 | 10:45 A.M.

MIAMI, FL. The staff at VOUS Church in Miami, Florida, know the circumstances they face are tough.

A highly contagious coronavirus, strict social distancing guidelines, and limited access to resources would make any church second guess whether or not to hold community outreaches. But none of this has deterred VOUS from its mission. They are acting quickly to help as many people as they can, all while complying with the health community’s recommendations.

They knew they could count on Convoy of Hope to help them do it. And they’re already seeing change happen.

“We’re calling it the Gratitude Effect,” says Kat Rowse, who oversees Central Ministries at VOUS. “There are so many servant leaders that are part of our church. They’re jumping in more than ever because there is so much need and because there is so much of a desire for connection and to stay connected.”

Jamila Pereira, the I Love My Community Director at VOUS, saw the Gratitude Effect at work first hand. She and a volunteer named William learned that two local foster care families had recently suffered tragedies. The father in one had recently passed away, and the mother in another was going through chemotherapy. Both families were struggling to find and prepare meals.

To help, William delivered prepackaged sandwiches to their homes. “William text me a whole bunch of crying faces afterward,” Jamila says, “He was like, ‘I don’t cry. But this made me cry.’”

Kat, Jamila, and their teams have worked tirelessly to make sure the people in their church and in their community feel safe, cared for, and — most importantly — remembered. As soon as the Convoy of Hope truck was unloaded, they sent six pallets of sandwiches to a local rescue mission, delivered food to a nearby children’s home, sent supplies to a local special-needs home, and reached out to help foster care families. In all, they’ve helped prepare more than 14,000 meals for families in South Florida.

Crises such as a widespread virus can physically and emotionally isolate people. But partnerships like the one Convoy of Hope has with VOUS Church remind us that even in the midst of hardships, there is hope.

“Tell everybody [at Convoy of Hope] we love you,” says Kat. “It’s like you guys are our heroes. And so anything that we can do to help you out or to partner with you, we’re down.”

Convoy of Hope is committed to providing 10 million meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve already responded to hundreds of partner requests in more than 40 states. Continue following our response here, or donate to our 10 Million Meals initiative here.

APRIL 6, 2020 | 5 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope continues resourcing partners across the U.S. as part of our 10 Million Meals initiative.

We are happy to report that we have already responded to hundreds of requests in more than 40 states. Multiple trucks leave Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center daily, delivering hope to vulnerable communities.

We had the privilege of working with Christ Fellowship Church and distributing relief supplies in Riviera Beach, Florida. Mayor Ronnie Felder joined the team passing out groceries and food to those who were home-bound due to the virus. “For several weeks now, you guys have been coming in and really being a help to our community,” Mayor Felder said. “You all are doing a wonderful job.”

Thanks to the generosity of partners and donors, we’ve distributed masks to hospitals, helped parents who are struggling to feed their children, and provided hope to so many more in need.

Like our response to any major disaster or crisis, we will continue to do as much as we can for as long as we can.

APRIL 3, 2020 | 5:00 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. As Convoy of Hope responds to COVID-19 in the states, we are also continuing our regular international programming — innovating as necessary to abide by specific country mandates.

Read more about our international programming and COVID-19 response here. 

APRIL 2, 2020 | 12:50 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

Thank you for continuing to help Convoy of Hope provide hope across the United States!

MARCH 31, 2020 | 1:00 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD MO.

Here’s an update from Convoy of Hope’s Senior Director of U.S. Disaster Services, Stacy Lamb.

MARCH 30, 2020 | 6:00 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Over the weekend, Convoy of Hope continued resourcing partners across the United States as part of our 10 Million Meals campaign.

The number of cases has increased in the U.S. to more than 140,000 — but hope is on the move. We are continuing to help people in desperate need in dozens of states and are thankful for our partners who are helping deliver hope in vulnerable communities.

One of our partners, Pastor Dan Ross from High Ridge, Missouri, articulated why Convoy of Hope works through local churches whenever possible:

“The county called us, and through the relationship we have had with Convoy of Hope for the last 4 to 5 years, we have the relationships to get things out into the community. The fire chief, police chief, and school superintendent have all been working with us.”

When communities are in crisis, local churches often serve as a hub of hope. And when Convoy of Hope partners with local stakeholders, we gain access to community connections that enable us to quickly deliver hope where it’s most needed.

As part of our COVID-19 response, Convoy of Hope was able to provide a trailer full of water to High Ridge. Pastor Ross said the water was given to children who were still receiving meals from school, the fire department, and nursing mothers.

MARCH 28, 2020 | 10:15 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope is committed to providing help where it’s needed most. Here’s a look at our current COVID-19 response:

MARCH 27, 2020 | 11:18 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.Tonight at 7 p.m. CST, Australian Christian music duo for KING & COUNTRY is holding an online concert called TOGETHER: A Night of Hope. The event will feature numerous artists and celebrities. The concert will benefit Convoy of Hope’s “10 Million Meals” campaign.

For more information on how to watch click here. 

You can also watch the event from Convoy of Hope’s Facebook  page.

MARCH 27, 2020 | 11:18 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Tonight at 7 p.m. CST, Australian Christian music duo for KING & COUNTRY is holding an online concert called TOGETHER: A Night of Hope. The event will feature numerous artists and celebrities. The concert will benefit Convoy of Hope’s “10 Million Meals” campaign.

For more information on how to watch click here. 

You can also watch the event from Convoy of Hope’s Facebook  page.

MARCH 26, 2020 | 8:36 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Pandemics affect everyone. News footage often shows how COVID-19 is affecting major cities, but those in rural areas are hard-hit, too. Schools still close, layoffs still happen, and people still feel isolated — perhaps even more so.

Carl Long is acutely aware of the difficulties rural communities face. Not only is he the pastor of Humansville Assembly of God, he’s also the mayor of the town.

“I got word that they were going to close our school and we have about 360 students there,” he said. “All of them qualify for free breakfast and free lunch. So I knew right away that a lot of those kids were going to be missing meals.”

Carl, his city, and his church have worked closely with Convoy of Hope’s Rural Compassion Initiative for years. Together, we have found ways to help the people in Humansville, and the results have been transformative.

“We weren’t doing things bad, but there were some little adjustments that we needed to make and that training helped us see those things.”

Even with those changes, the community faces challenges. “The one grocery store that was here closed in September of last year,” Carl says. “And so the only thing that we have as a source for food, or grocery items, is a Dollar General. Which is very limited. They are doing their absolute, very best to keep things stocked.”

As the repercussions of the virus began affecting his town, Carl knew he could turn to Convoy of Hope for support.

“We ended up with a box truck full. So it was 12 pallets of supplies. I had a team here of about a dozen people ready to unload the truck and we began to sort it out.”

Word got around quickly about the distribution. Before long, cars were lining up down the street. Teams brought the boxed-up food and supplies out to each car and — with the appropriate social distance — distributed food to dozens of families in a little over an hour.

“It was a lot of fun. I heard a lot laughing, a lot of cutting up and joking,” said Long.

The church also sent a truckload of cleaning supplies and snacks to a local nursing home for the residents. They also sent more supplies to a second nursing home in town, and plan to do another distribution next week.

“There are so many people dealing with anxiety and uncertainties,” Carl says. “And so for us to be a smiling face and to be able to give them a little bit of something … takes some of that sting off. It’s critical.”

March 25, 2019 | 2:05 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope is excited to launch the 10 Million Meals campaign as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are aiming to supply partners, churches, and community organizations with 10 million meals to be distributed across the United States to help feed people during this great time of need.

Our team is already at work. To date, we have received hundreds of resourcing requests from 35 different states. Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services, Supply Chain, and other teams are working tirelessly to meet every need possible while trying to make sure every team member stays safe in the process.

We have already been meeting needs in big ways across the country, delivering dozens of loads and serving tens of thousands of people in need.

After receiving supplies, one partner organization in California said, “This is something like we’ve never seen before, and we are better for partnering with [Convoy of Hope].” They went on to say, “You are an absolute lifesaver. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Thank you for your kindness, compassion, and support during this unprecedented time. With your help and the help of our partners around the world, we can make a difference for millions of people through the 10 Million Meals campaign.

March 20, 2019 | 8:40 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Convoy of Hope has ramped up our efforts to see that needs are met. Through local partners in multiple states, Convoy of Hope is delivering food, water, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, and other relief materials. So far, more than 540,100 pounds of resources are either in route or already delivered to 22 locations around the country.

As requests for assistance increase, Convoy of Hope offers our sincere thanks to both our corporate partners who donate the supplies people need and those who have given financially to see that they are delivered.

Click here for more information about things you can do to safeguard yourself and others against COVID-19.

March 18, 2019 | 5:30 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. A special message from our President.

March 17, 2020 | 5:45 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope is responding to requests made for assistance in meeting needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic in 19 states. This work is being done through local partners helping offset school lunch needs caused by prolonged cancellations within their school districts.

March 16, 2020 | 2:15 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to help those in desperate need. We have committed to provide at least 50 truckloads of emergency food and water — approximately 2 million pounds of relief supplies — to people most affected by the coronavirus.

“Convoy of Hope began responding last month to requests for help to meet the coronavirus outbreak,” said Convoy of Hope Senior Vice President Kregg Hood. “With the latest news, we are now rapidly expanding our efforts to resource people in need.”

Thank you for your support as Convoy of Hope continues serving people through our ongoing programming around the world in addition to our COVID-19 response.

To follow Convoy Of Hope’s full response or to donate, please click here.

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As a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — the goal of Convoy Of Hope is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. See the video on our partnership from our 2017 National Conference below.

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Vineyard USA Official Relief Partner: Convoy Of Hope

Our Vineyard USA Official National Relief partner, Convoy Of Hope, is a first-responder to disasters at every turn. Please join us in prayer and support of their efforts, as they serve those in need.

How You & Your Church Can Make A Difference

How can you and your church get involved with Convoy Of Hope?

GIVE: Support Convoy via their website.

FOLLOW: Get Convoy’s updates on their Facebook page.

PRAY: Pray for all those impacted by a natural disaster as it happens, and for the vulnerable to get to safety.

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About Convoy Of Hope

Vineyard USA has an official partnership with CONVOY OF HOPE to get aid to areas around the United States when disaster strikes.

From their website:

As a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — our goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

We do this by:

Engaging

Each year — in dozens of communities throughout the nation — guests of honor receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more at our signature events.

Caring

We partner, resource and empower rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching so they can enhance their presence in their communities. The strategy works best when church leaders partner with community leaders and stakeholders.

Nourishing

Nearly 150,000 children in 10 nations are being fed nutritious meals by us. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, we are feeding children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

Growing

Impoverished farmers and families are equipped with the skills, tools and seeds to produce life-sustaining crops through the agricultural work we conduct throughout the world. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested for our children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers.

Responding

Consistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, six international warehouses and Mobile Command Center.

Partnering

We empower like-minded organizations, who are doing good work among the poor and suffering in their communities. This is accomplished by providing such friends with food, water, supplies and much more.

If you or your church would like to give to Convoy of Hope, click here.