Rising Hope in the News

Coronavirus Increases Hunger: Find A Food Bank In Kingstowne Area (Patch, Sept 3, 2020)

Northern Virginia Clergy Urge Northam To Put Pause On Evictions (DCist, July 18, 2020)

Chef Andres’ World Central Kitchen Feeding Hundreds in Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon Gazette, April 23, 2020)

Chef Jose Andres’ charity to serve meals at Richmond Highway church (Covering the Corridor, April 15, 2020)

Community Foundation awards $360,000 in second round of COVID-19 relief grants (InsideNOVA, April 3, 2020)

Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church celebrates 25th anniversary on Oct. 5 (Fort Hunt Herald, September 22, 2019)

Rising Hope opens TEFAP-backed food pantry (Fort Hunt Herald, August 12, 2019)

First of ‘Breaking Bread, Breaking Walls’ dinners held (Fort Hunt Herald, March 20, 2019)

A True Mission Church (Virginia United Methodist Foundation, January 11, 2019)

Photos: Rising Hope Mission Church hosts Jeans and Jewels Jubilee (Fort Hunt Herald, October 14, 2018)

Rising Hope Refills Food Pantry Shelves. Stamp Out Hunger yields supplies. (Connection, June 4, 2018)

Through Love Serve One Another (Mt. Vernon Gazette, November 22, 2017)

Supporting Rising Hope (Mt. Vernon Gazette, October 5, 2017)

The Sound of Heaven Touching Earth (Connection, March 13, 2017)

Leaders Gather in Opposition to Trump Immigration Policies (Connection, March 13, 2017)
Religious freedom and ‘sanctuary churches’ (Press Connect, March 10, 2017)

Leaders Show Solidarity With Victims of Hate & Prejudice (Falls Church News Press, March 9, 2017)


Hispanic Caucus Leader: ICE Raids Keeping Kids from Receiving Medical Care (PJ Media, March 7, 2017)

Rising Hope Minister Invited to Joint Congressional Session – U.S. Sen. Mark Warner critical of ICE activity. (Connection, March 6, 2017)

Vigil held for men detained by ICE after leaving Va. church shelter (WTOP, March 4, 2017)

Elected Leaders Condemn ICE Activity In Northern Virginia (Alexandria News, March 3, 2017)

Lawmakers Rally in Fairfax County Over Immigration Arrests (NBC, March 2, 2017)

Leaders join protest against ICE arrests in Fairfax Co. (WTOP, March 2, 2017)

Pushback from political leaders after ICE immigration arrests outside church in Va. (WJLA, March 2, 2017)

Kaine questions immigrations arrests. talks Jeff Sessions (WHSV, March 2, 2017)

ICE Raids Near Sensitive Locations Stoke Fear in Immigrant Communities (Sojourners, March 2, 2017)

Democrats still looking for answers on immigration arrests (Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 2, 2017)

Churches Defy Trump’s Immigration Policies By Becoming Sanctuaries (, Mar 2, 2017)

Regional Officials to Speak Out Vs. ICE Raids (Falls Church News Press, Mar 1, 2017)

A Number of Virginia Responses to Trump’s First Congressional … (WVTF, Mar 1, 2017)

Seriously, I am giving up President Trump for Lent. Here’s how. (Washington Post, Mar 1, 2017)

Democrats in Congress use speech invites to rile Trump (Washington Post, Feb 28, 2017)

Prayer Vigil at ICE Office – Rising Hope pastor speaks about arrests outside church. (Connection, February 27, 2017)

Warner to Trump: ICE raid outside shelter hurts Virginia families (Culpeper Star Exponent, February 27, 2017)

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is taking deportation raids to places we’ve never seen (Rare News, February 27, 2017)

TARGETING A SANCTUARY: After ICE Stakes Out a Church Homeless Shelter, Charities Worry Immigrants Will Fear Getting Help (The Intercept, February 26, 2017)

Democrats Want To Make Sure Trump Sees The Faces Of Those Hurt By His Travel Ban (Huffington Post, Feb 24, 2017)

Fear Follows ICE Enforcement (Reston Connection, Feb 20, 2017)

ICE raid near Fairfax Co. church raises questions (WTOP, February 17, 2017)

Faith leaders protest ICE raid outside Church (, Feb 17, 2017)

Sen. Tim Kaine sends letter to ICE seeking info about enforcement operation near Va. church (FOX 5 DC, February 17, 2017)

Kaine joins voices questioning ICE operation outside NOVA shelter (The Daily Progress, February 17, 2017)

Federal immigration raids net many without criminal records, sowing fear (Washington Post, February 16, 2017)

ICE agents arrest men leaving Alexandria church shelter (WTOP, February 16, 2017)

USA: Immigration raid targets church homeless shelter (Independent Catholic News, February 16, 2017)

ICE agents ambush Latino men spending the night in church hypothermia shelter (Raw Story, February 16, 2017)

ICE agents arrest 6 people seeking shelter from the cold at a church (, February 16, 2017)

Rising Hope Missions Citypak Donations (CBS 8, June 6, 2016)

Rising Hope UM Mission Church (The Link, Spring 2016)

Rising Hope Marks 20 Years of Raising Hopes (Mount Vernon Voice, October 7, 2015)

Fairfax County Makes a Dent in Homelessness but Much More is Needed (Mount Vernon Voice, March 11, 2015)

Rising Hope Mission Church in Mount Vernon Hosts Nightly Shelters (Mount Vernon Gazette, March 5, 2015)

Route 1’s Homeless Speak Out on Being Homeless (Mount Vernon Voice, February 25, 2015)

An In-Depth Look at Homelessness on the Route 1 Corridor in Mount Vernon and Lee (Mount Vernon Voice, February 11, 2015)

Rising Hope Lobbies in Richmond (Mount Vernon Voice, February 11, 2015)

Rising Hope (Response, February, 2015)

Open Door, Open Hearts at Rising Hope (Mount Vernon Gazette, January 15, 2015)

Adults Find Homes through Grants to New Hope Housing (Mount Vernon Gazette, January 7, 2015)

Rising Hope Provides Christmas Cheer to Those in Need (Mount Vernon Voice, January 7, 2015)

Mount Vernon: Chamber Provides Spotlight on Area’s Needy (Connection, November 24, 2014)

Chamber Spotlights On Area Needy (Mount Vernon Gazette, November 20, 2014)

Boy Scouts Stack Shelves at Rising Hope (Mount Vernon Gazette, November 13, 2014)

Gala Supports Rising Hope (Mount Vernon Gazette, October 9, 2014)

Hope Grows Gala to Benefit Needy in Community (Mount Vernon Gazette, September 11, 2014)

A Spritual Beacon Shines After Prison (Connection, June 19, 2014)

Volunteers Mosey Up for a Hoedown (Connection, May 19, 2014)

Episode 3 — DANGER LURKS! (The Patch, August 13, 2013)

Episode 2 — GOD SPEAKS! (The Patch, August 4, 2013)

Episode 1 — MY NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE (The Patch, August 4, 2013)

Gospel Thumps with a Beat at Rising Hope: Family Fun Fair rocks at Rt. 1 mission church. (Connection, July 3, 2013)

At English Tea, Rising Hope Fetes Volunteers (Mount Vernon Gazette, March 21, 2013)

Fairfax County Registers Chronically Homeless (The Patch, February 27, 2013)

Hearing the Cry of the Poor (Connection, February 20, 2013)

Rising Hope Gala Relieves Pastor(Mount Vernon Gazette, November 22, 2012)

Six Tons of Produce Arrive at Rising Hope Mission Church (Connection, August 9, 2012)

Rising Hope Gears Up to Help Those in Need… with Shoes… and with Vegetables (Mount Vernon Voice, August 1, 2012)

Church Hosts Foot-Washing, Shoe Giveaway for Kids (The Patch, August 1, 2012)

Photos: Rising Hope UMC Hosts Free Produce Handout (The Patch, July 28, 2012)

Rising Hope UMC Launches New Restoration of Voter Rights Program (The Patch, July 18, 2012)

Rising Hope UMC Receives Social Action Award (The Patch, July 11, 2012)

New Laws Attack the Poor (Mount Vernon Gazette, February 16, 2012)

Homeless Couple Survives the Streets (Mount Vernon Gazette, February 2, 2012)

Sen. George Allen Volunteers at Rising Hope (Mount Vernon Gazette, November 30, 2011)

Rising Hope Celebrates Raising Hope (Mount Vernon Voice, October 5, 2011)

Rising Hope Mission Church Launches Yearlong Celebration (Advocate, August 2011)

Rising Hope Mission Celebrates 15 Years (Mount Vernon Gazette, July 7, 2011)

Pastor Delivers Call to Serve to WPHS Graduating Class (Mount Vernon Gazette, June 16, 2011)

Greenway on the Highway (Mount Vernon Gazette, June 10, 2011)

The Church of No Lost Causes  (Sojourners, June 2011)

Pastor of Northern Virginia Mission Church Reflects on 15 Years of Raising Hope for the “Least of These” (The Advocate, June 2011)

Is the Person Without a Home My Neighbor? (Wesley, June 2011)

15 Years of Raising Hope (Mount Vernon Gazette, May 19, 2011)

Hypothermia Program Opens; Program Receives Commendation (Mount Vernon Voice, December 8, 2010)

A Festival for “The Least, The Lost, The Lonely” (Mount Vernon Voice, August 11, 2010)

One Step Away from Being Hungry and Homeless: Benefit Concert to Support Those in Need on Route 1 (Mount Vernon Gazette, August 5, 2010)

In the Church there is No ‘Them’ Only ‘Us’ (Advocate, May 2010)

Grace Walking (Wesley eCalling Newsletter, April 7, 2010)

The Hidden Homeless (Advocate, November 2009)

Student Intern Learns About Serving “the Least, the Lost, the Lonely and the Left Out” (Advocate, November 2009)

Economy has Poor’s Safety Net Fraying & Back to School at Rising Hope (Mount Vernon Gazette, August 27, 2009)

“Angel Gifts” Given with Love: Church Celebrates Annual Blessing of Gifts (Mount Vernon Gazette, December 16, 2008)

Rising Hope Church Founder Honored by Seminary  (Mount Vernon Gazette, May 16, 2007)

Food Drive Raises Hopes at Rising Hope (Connection, May 8, 2007)

Twelve Steps to God (Advocate, June 2006)

Have Guitar – Will Play for Pray (Connection, March 26, 2002)