The Birthing of "A Place Called Hope"
Under the leadership of Bishop Vivian Murphy-Hutcheson, A Place Called Hope is a church founded by Executive Pamela Hutcheson, Deacon Rochelle Thompson, Minister Kuwana Baker, and Deacon Lesia Richardson who all felt led to support her vision. The first service was a "Burning Bowl" service held on December 31, 2009. Two services followed in the garage of her home; God then opened doors and provided a building. The first service was on February 6, 2010, in the new space, hosting a Global Outreach for the Haitian community, with profound numbers in attendance; a freewill offering was collected, in addition to non-perishable food items. A Place Called Hope continued to reach out to the community by donating a substantial amount to the flood victims in Tennessee.
The ministry has also become a part of the Passage Home. This nationally recognized faith-based non-profit community development corporation provides vital opportunities to strengthen families in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A Place Called Hope is a member of the Circle of Faith with Interact, a private, non-profit United Way Agency geared to empower women victims of domestic violence. Additionally, we are partners with Haven House, a non-profit agency providing crisis intervention for children and helping the homeless.
To date, through the leadership of Bishop Vivian Murphy-Hutcheson, A Placed Called Hope has a pantry that works hand in hand with the Department of Human Services and other agencies in the Triangle, providing food to those in need. A Placed Called Hope launched the Brown Bag Ministry in the spring of 2015, and the Bountiful Hope Ministry launched in April 2017, helping to build God's Kingdom, one brick at a time.