Our Story

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” - Matthew 25:35

"Do not despise these small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin" - Zechariah 4:10

Sometimes just a prompting to start something small and seemingly insignificant can lead you on a longer and bigger journey than you ever thought possible. This is Hope4’s testimony too.

In 2005, a small group from local churches formed a focus group looking at addressing homelessness in the town. For a short period over Christmas 2005 they opened a venue providing free refreshments for homeless people, called Hope4U, in the Rugby Crackerteria cafe. This lead to the Hope4U ‘soup kitchen’ run from St Andrew’s church porch three evenings a week manned by volunteers from local churches – soup, tea and a chat – simple beginnings. The charity, Hope4, was born from this with the growing realisation that the trustees needed to find space for a Day Centre.

February 2010 saw the opening of the first Hope Centre – a rented space above a shop in Church Street. Initially open three days a week the need rapidly grew to it being open every day, and the first part-time member of staff was employed. Food, showers, clothing, help with benefits and accommodation but foremost a very warm welcome from staff and volunteers were at the heart of the Centre.

Our path widened when, in 2011, the then Chair woke up one night with the Lord asking him a simple question, "Where are they sleeping tonight Michael?"

Challenged to answer this practically, he motivated seven Rugby churches to work with him to open Rugby’s first Winter Shelter. Bed, breakfast and an evening meal for Hope4’s clients is still provided each winter in seven churches by hundreds of volunteers making sure that no one needs to sleep rough in Rugby.

The journey for expansion continued as the economic downturn and rise of food banks across the county caught the eye of the church leaders in the town – did Rugby need a food bank too? Yes was the overwhelming answer and the churches asked Hope4 to broaden its remit from working with homeless and temporarily housed clients to include those in food poverty.

In March 2012, Rugby food bank opened its doors.  It is now one of 428 food banks in the Trussell Trust network. It continues to provide emergency food for local people in crisis, distributing tonnes of food across the town every month.

Further expansion was needed as the number of clients grew each month and the trustees looked and prayed to find a suitable building to purchase.

In 2014, the once Working Man’s Club on Newbold Road opened as the new Hope Centre. More space and better facilities have allowed the charity to expand its staff and volunteer base along with many more clients now needing its help. Whilst food, showers, laundry, clothing remain core to the immediate assistance given services have further developed to include health care, computer access, assistance with immigration and residency because we have a larger trained staff base.

In April 2018, we were delighted to be awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant which allowed us to further develop the services we provide and employ a full time Centre Manager.

Matthew 25:35 – ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.’ This is our mission verse.

We do wonder if Jesus might now also say…"I was sleeping rough...and you opened a night shelter...I couldn’t put food on the table and feed my kids...and you opened a food bank…" We think he just might!

More about Hope4 can also be seen in this video.

Our Story

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” - Matthew 25:35

"Do not despise these small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin" - Zechariah 4:10

Sometimes just a prompting to start something small and seemingly insignificant can lead you on a longer and bigger journey than you ever thought possible. This is Hope4’s testimony too.

In 2005, a small group from local churches formed a focus group looking at addressing homelessness in the town. For a short period over Christmas 2005 they opened a venue providing free refreshments for homeless people, called Hope4U, in the Rugby Crackerteria cafe. This lead to the Hope4U ‘soup kitchen’ run from St Andrew’s church porch three evenings a week manned by volunteers from local churches – soup, tea and a chat – simple beginnings. The charity, Hope4, was born from this with the growing realisation that the trustees needed to find space for a Day Centre.

February 2010 saw the opening of the first Hope Centre – a rented space above a shop in Church Street. Initially open three days a week the need rapidly grew to it being open every day, and the first part-time member of staff was employed. Food, showers, clothing, help with benefits and accommodation but foremost a very warm welcome from staff and volunteers were at the heart of the Centre.

Our path widened when, in 2011, the then Chair woke up one night with the Lord asking him a simple question, "Where are they sleeping tonight Michael?"

Challenged to answer this practically, he motivated seven Rugby churches to work with him to open Rugby’s first Winter Shelter. Bed, breakfast and an evening meal for Hope4’s clients is still provided each winter in seven churches by hundreds of volunteers making sure that no one needs to sleep rough in Rugby.

The journey for expansion continued as the economic downturn and rise of food banks across the county caught the eye of the church leaders in the town – did Rugby need a food bank too? Yes was the overwhelming answer and the churches asked Hope4 to broaden its remit from working with homeless and temporarily housed clients to include those in food poverty.

In March 2012, Rugby food bank opened its doors.  It is now one of 428 food banks in the Trussell Trust network. It continues to provide emergency food for local people in crisis, distributing tonnes of food across the town every month.

Further expansion was needed as the number of clients grew each month and the trustees looked and prayed to find a suitable building to purchase.

In 2014, the once Working Man’s Club on Newbold Road opened as the new Hope Centre. More space and better facilities have allowed the charity to expand its staff and volunteer base along with many more clients now needing its help. Whilst food, showers, laundry, clothing remain core to the immediate assistance given services have further developed to include health care, computer access, assistance with immigration and residency because we have a larger trained staff base.

In April 2018, we were delighted to be awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant which allowed us to further develop the services we provide and employ a full time Centre Manager.

Matthew 25:35 – ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.’ This is our mission verse.

We do wonder if Jesus might now also say…"I was sleeping rough...and you opened a night shelter...I couldn’t put food on the table and feed my kids...and you opened a food bank…" We think he just might!

More about Hope4 can also be seen in this video.