Hope for the Future Ministries at Ground Zero
In the aftermath of September 11th (sometimes known as 911), residents near ground zero were in trouble. All the local shops were closed. Local residents were like many of the Hope for the Future Ministries visitors - Hungry.
Pastor Diane Dunne realised the problem and took in vans and a truck to supply the residents with food and drink.
City of New York Council recognised the work of Hope for the Future Ministries with the following proclamation:
- WHEREAS: The council of the City of New York is proud to honor Hope for the Future Ministries for its exemplary service in the wake of the September 11th disaster; and
- WHEREAS: Hope for the Future Ministries quickly organized to bring food and other much needed supplies the the downtown community; and
- WHEREAS: Hope for the Future Ministries served hundreds of meals to residents who were cut off from the rest of the city due to the tragedy; and
- WHEREAS: Many of those served by Hope for the Future Ministries were seniors, the disabled and the homebound; and
- WHEREAS: Hope for the Future Ministries was one of the only organizations that seved this particular population; and
- WHEREAS: These meals and provisions were essential for the survival and wellbeing of hundreds of community members; and
- WHEREAS: Hope for the Future Ministries showed great generosity, love and compassion in its work and has honored New Yorkers and the City of New York through its deeds; now, therefor
- BE IT KNOWN: That the Council of the City of New York honors
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE MINISTRIES
for its exemplary service during the September 11th tragedy.
Hope for the Future Ministries were rewarded with this proclamation because of the work supporting residents in need, living near ground zero.
The work started with Pastor Diane Dunne going to work in the community near to ground zero. People in the area were suffering and Pastor Diane was able to minister to the people directly. While there it became obvious that there was a problem with getting food and drink if you lived in the area around ground zero, as all shops were closed. Some residents were finding it impossible to get to a location where produce was available as all transport links were down. Disabled people were unable to even get out of their appartments as there was no electricity, therefor no elevators.
When Pastor Diane realised the problem, she immediately organised a group of volunteers from Hope for the Future Ministries to take food and drink to the residents. In the case of the disabled people, Hope for the Future Ministries were carrrying provisions, in some cases up 30 floors using the stairs.
This event proved that the work of the ministry makes a difference in the lifes of those it ministers to, as many of the helpers at the ground zero work were people who attend the line at the Lower East Side outreach. They now wanted to give back in the same way they had been given to.
As well as supporting the community near ground zero, the ministry was there with the people in shock and mourning at Union Square park in the days after the tragedy. The ministry supplied food, drink, and to those that needed it, a listening ear.
Wherever there was a need in the aftermath of the tragedy, Hope for the Future Ministries was there to support as and when needed. On the following Wednesday, the church without walls service was one of the most well attended and also one of the most moving.