Project Hope

Committed to One Meal per Month

Chardon UMC is committed to providing an evening meal the first Sunday of every month.  The menu you plan is your choice.  As a general guideline, a nutritionally balanced meal with foods from the major food groups benefits the shelter guests’ health and well being.

The meals are an important component of this shelter program.  Meal preparation must be done off-site, accommodate up to 40 clients and be delivered by 6:45 pm the day of the meal.  The shelter staff will assist in gathering the meal once it is dropped off at the shelter.  If you are interested in also serving the meal, a volunteer orientation is required.  Please bring food in disposable containers such as aluminum foil pans, as they do not have a commercial dishwasher or oven. Sorry, but they cannot be responsible for returning dishes. Paper products, beverages, cups, and utensils are welcomed donations, but are not required of food donors.

Members and friends are welcome to use the church kitchen for preparation of the food.  Please contact the church office to request your place on the master schedule.

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About Project Hope

  • Daytime advocate and support for shelter guests by Project Hope staff.
  • Evening needs assessments, goal plans, and referrals by Project Hope staff.
  • Mental health outreach by Pathways and Neighboring staff.
  • Substance Abuse Prevention by Lake-Geauga Center for Alcohol & Drug Abuse.
  • Survival Skills Workshops presented by Lakeland Women’s Center Bible Study led by Project Hope volunteers.
  • One professional and two volunteers are on site from 8 PM until 8 AM. In addition, an assistant works 8-11 PM.

Guests are greeted when the doors open at 8:30 PM by volunteers and professional staff and offered a hot meal and shower.

New guests are interviewed, assigned primary social worker, and with the skilled guidance of the social worker, complete needs assessment and develop a goal plan. Social workers follow up on the goal plans of all shelter guests on a weekly basis.

On many evenings, support groups are offered for self esteem and drug and alcohol prevention. Bible study is also available. Evening devotions are held with interested guests. A member of either the professional or volunteer staff remains awake and monitors the site at all times. Coffee, juice, and a light snack is offered the next morning and guests help clean up before leaving the shelter at 7:30 AM.

Hotel accommodations may be arranged for persons who are pregnant, have small children, work a third shift job or have serious illness.

Assistance with security deposits for housing may also be available to eligible persons.


Referrals can be made by local social service agencies, churches, and police departments. Walk-ins cannot be accepted. Call United Way LINK Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:45 PM at 440-352-LINK or 800-394-4598.


You can support the ministry of Project Hope through your prayers, serving as a volunteer or financial contributions.

Volunteer orientation sessions are held on a regular basis. Service opportunities include providing meals, doing laundry, leading Bible study and devotions and providing overnight assistance to our professional staff.

Financial donations are always welcome. In addition, Project Hope also maintains a wish list of needed items. Call 440-354-6417 to obtain a copy.


Project Hope is a truly ecumenical ministry, supported by over 65 diverse churches in Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and Cuyahoga counties. Chardon United Methodist ChurchNor is one of those churches.  Project Hope does not require shelter guests or volunteers to belong to a church. We simply share the love of Jesus Christ with shelter guests. Worship, devotions, and Bible studies offered are all non-denominational.