Community Outreach

Rising Hope is committed to ministering in love to the needs of everyone, especially those living in poverty and on the margins of society. In the words of our pastor Keary Kincannon, “We may do a number of things that look like social services but the core of our life at Rising Hope is our worship of the God made known in Jesus Christ. And it is his power that drives all our outreach into the community.” Looking for ways to help? Donate or check out volunteer opportunities.

Milk and Honey Food Pantry

The Milk and Honey Food Pantry feeds over 300 families each week.  All individuals and families in need from our community are welcome.  Volunteers are always needed to help stock shelves, assist in our store, help with record keeping, deliver food to shut-ins and pick up food donations.

Call 703-360-1976 or email Melissa Lee for more information.

Solid Rock Soup Kitchen

Every day, Tuesday through Friday, we welcome people in need  to a breakfast of pastries and coffee, and we offer a lunch meal following our noon Prayer and Worship service. We also serve breakfast on Sundays, and a two-course lunch after our Sunday Celebration Service. For some people, these are the only meals they can rely on. Pastor Keary says, “Those eating with us are nourished by the food and by the unconditionally loving spirit that is the core of the Rising Hope Community.”

God’s Bounty Produce Handout

Rising Hope – in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank – hosts a free produce giveaway every fourth Friday of the month.
Individuals are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own shopping bags.

Job Search Opportunities

Rising Hope Mission Church holds periodic job readiness classes and maintains contacts with local employers.  Local employers are encouraged to assist us in finding meaningful employment for those in need and qualified. Contact 703-360-1976 or email for more information.

Rising Hope provides refurbished desktop computers to those in need for employment or education. Contact Kat Roman if you are in need of a computer.

Empowerment Center

Rising Hope Mission Church provides both crisis response and targeted assistance to help people get their lives back on track.  Our work is as varied as the range of needs that are presented to us.  For example, we might be assisting someone in financial crisis with utilities, transportation to work or school, or in obtaining identification.

Emergency Referrals

All individuals and families in need of emergency assistance (financial, housing, household goods, transportation, immigration) are referred to appropriate agencies and offices in the community.

Angel Gift Program

Every Christmas hundreds of low income children and families receive specific gifts bought for them through the generous donations of individuals and churches.

Sign up for Angel Gifts.

Christmas Shoppe

One week before Christmas Rising Hope operates a Christmas shop for low income families to select Christmas presents for their families from new items that have been donated.

Holiday Baskets and Holiday Meals

A Christmas dinner is provided on Christmas Day and a Thanksgiving dinner is provided on Thanksgiving Day. Also, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are made up for our food pantry regulars. Food, cooks and volunteer servers are always needed.

Hypothermia Shelter

As a partner in the Ventures in Community Hypothermia Outreach Program’s effort to ensure emergency shelter to area homeless, Rising Hope provides 25 beds per night during the cold winter months, December through March. Volunteers from community churches and local civic groups provide a hot, home cooked dinner, breakfast bags and overnight volunteer staff each night.

HIV Testing

Rising Hope – in partnership with NOVA SALUD – hosts free and confidential HIV testing on select Thursday evenings. Call our office at 703-360-1976 for more information.

NovaSalud, Inc. promotes HIV/AIDS awareness, risk reduction behavior, and makes referrals to supportive care and treatment services through culturally-competent and language-appropriate HIV/AIDS services and prevention education in Northern Virginia.

Getting an ID

Rising Hope – in partnership with Spread the Vote Alexandria – assists members of the community in getting IDs. Call our office at 703-360-1976 for more information.

World Central Kitchen

Rising Hope – in partnership with World Central Kitchen – distributes prepared lunches to the public. Call our office at 703-360-1976 for more information.