Cornerstone Outreach Ministries
Team Hope is a ministry of the Cornerstone Church and a movemnet of people who believe that love requires action. Our aim is to provide a place of hope and to advocate for those in need. In Luke 4:18, Jesus said "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." We believe that if the same Spirit us upon us that was on Jesus, that we too will have the same calling. It's with that mandate and Spirit we have assembled this team to be the Hope to the world. (1 Peter 1:3)
Team Hope has three directives:
Hope for our community
Hope for orphans and families
Hope for the world
How can I get involved?
Let every orphan and family experience God’s unfailing love:
Spread the Word by giving information and opportunities needed to be involved to others
Wear your Team Hope or Cornerstone t-shirt and be ready to tell others about our mission
Invite and bring a child to church with you
Participate in any one of our outreaches and missions teams
Attend special events; movie nights, miniature golf trips, Camp to Belong, etc.
Join a Team Hope athletic team
Become a bus driver or bus chaperone
Offer resources to families and individuals in the foster care system and adoption process
Host a party for foster children and/or their social workers
Mentor a child in the foster care system
Adopt a social worker
Foster a child so that they have the opportunity to experience the love of God instead of the worldly pain and suffering that they may experience in a non-Christian foster or group home
Adopt a child and give him/her a forever home, and more importantly, a forever family
Hope for our community
Team Hope Community Outreach provides spiritual and many times physical aid to those living in our local community.
•Feeding the homeless –Teams put together care packages and distribute them to the homeless community of Orange County
•Sharing God’s love - Prayer and witnessing
•Harvest Festival –A fall celebration on Oct 31st every year
•Easter Outreaches – Easter Egg Hunt and great food
•Orangewood Resource Center- Cooking a hot meal and sharing God's love with emancipated foster youth in Orange County.
•St. Jude Ranch for Children –Breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect by mending spirits and renewing hope
•Bus Ministry- A bus ministry outreach to families in our surrounding neighborhoods transporting them to church and special events. Helping children to gain a sense of value, love and hope.
Hope for Orphans and Families
Team Hope aims to address the mandate from the Lord to take care of the orphan (James 1:27) as well as those who work with them. In Orange County alone, there are 3,000 children in the foster care system, the average age of these children is 9 years old. While 1,500 of them are currently placed in homes, approximately 60% of these children are abused or neglected even after being placed in a home. Without a permanent, loving family, kids in the foster care system will experience, on average, three or more different placements, which is deeply unsettling for children of any age. For those who never find a family, 50% of kids who “age out” of the foster system at the age of 21 are found either homeless or incarcerated within two years. All of these numbers can be changed by simply putting our love into action. By partnering with organizations that specialize in this area, we are able to show God’s love to those who need it the most: children and young adults lost in the governmental system and those who work with them.
Cornerstone Ministries and organizations with whom we are currently working are listed below:
The knot offers support and guidance for teens prior to being “aged out” of the foster care system at the age of 18. Programs provide avenues in which the teens can enter the adult world having a support basis surrounding them. These programs include camps, one-on-one mentoring, monthly youth groups, workshops teaching youth real-world skills to set them up for success, as well as group homes for youth facing homelessness.
Orangewood Resource Center
The Orangewood Resource Center (ORC) is a drop-in center for current and emancipated foster youth in Orange County. The ORC provides supportive services focusing on education, employment, housing and health. Their main goal is to empower foster youth by providing them with the vital resources they need to become independent. Here, youth have access to employment leads and resume/interview assistance, guidance for options after high school, peer mentors, a washer/dryer, and a hot meal each day provided by members of the community.
Faith in Motion
Faith in motion is a unique collaboration between the Social Services Agency, Children and Family Services, and Orange County faith-based communities. The program’s primary mission is to find loving foster and adoptive families for children who have been removed from their biological families due to abuse or neglect. Faith in Motion’s main goals are to recruit foster and adoptive families within the faith community and to encourage faith-based congregations to develop support services for foster and adoptive families.
CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates
Volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. A CASA volunteer visits a child on a regular basis, interacts with all professionals involved in the case, and makes recommendations directly to the court, ensuring that the child's best interests are protected. With the support of CASA staff, volunteers address the child's educational needs, help find a permanent home, and provide the guidance and resources necessary for an independent future. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Team Hope Athletics
Team Hope Athletics demonstrates the love and grace of the Lord both in training and competing. Gracious in defeat and humble in victory, Team Hope Athletics teams aim to bring a change to the hearts of those whom they support.
Running/Cycling/ Triathlons/Volleyball/Basketball/Football/Softball Teams