1969 - Downtown Churches United was Founded by 10 area local churches, to combat the racial and social inequality in the Petersburg Metro Area.
1976 - The Walk Against Hunger was established to combat hunger in the Petersburg Area.
1981 - As a results of the needs for subsidized housing for senior citizens, the 10 founding churches put up seed money with HUD, and as a result Gillhaven Manor was created. Now senior citizens live there at a subsidized rate.
1984 - A daily feeding program was established with 5 local area churches, to provide a hot meal to those in need.
2009 -Downtown Churches United gave birth to the HOPE Center, a centralized location that provides human service needs at one location.
2011 - St. Joseph's Catholic Church moved into the HOPE Center to provide outreach services with the food pantry and utility assistance programs. They continue to serve as the primary caretakers of this program.
2014 - The Daily Feeding Program moves into the HOPE Center to provide a centralized location where the citizens could receive a hot meal.
2016 -Downtown Churches United, Inc. continues to grow, with its services and programs. We now have over 35 churches and human services organizations that we partner with to provide quality services for the citizens of Petersburg.
THE HOPE CENTER
Rev. Rick Greenwood
Rev. Greenwood serves as the President of the Board of Directors.
He also serves as the Rector of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Petersburg.
Mrs. Maxcine Walker
Mrs. Walker serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. She is a Retired Budget Analyst for the Department of Defense.
With the support of a few local churches and solders from Fort Lee, our Christmas dinner fed over 350 people. Blankets, clothing, personal hygiene products and toys were also given to the participants to spread a little holiday cheer.
More than 3,300 people volunteer for us each year and make the difference in the lives of thousands. Find out how to become our partner.
Downtown Churches United is a union of the faith community and other human service organizations responding to the needs of this community. We are committed to alleviating hunger for the citizens of Petersburg, one family at a time.