Under the leadership of Bishop Vivian Murphy-Hutcheson, A Place Called Hope was 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; monetary gifts were 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, a nationally recognized faith-based non-profit community development corporation that provides key 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 who are victims of domestic violence. Additionally, we are also 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. The Brown Bag Ministry was launched 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.