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The Hope Center

The Hope Center
1316 W Lawrence Street, Appleton, WI 54914




Office hours:
Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am
Wednesdays 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Thursdays 1:00pm-3:00pm


The Hope Center is continuing to serve the physical and spiritual needs of our clients. We will continue to do so as long as we have supplies to present to them. Right now due to limitations on amounts we are able to purchase at one time this is becoming more difficult.

We would like to ask you if, when you are out shopping and you don't need to buy one for yourself, you could help us by picking up some hand soap (the kind in the pump bottle), toilet paper, and disinfecting wipes. We will have a drop off bin outside The Hope Center (1316 W Lawrence St, Appleton, Door #5) during our regular hours:

Tuesdays: 9:30-11:30
Wednesdays: 2:30-4:30
Thursdays: 1:00-3:00

Or you may call the office at 920-739-0039 and let us know where we can pick up supplies.

Thank you for your assistance and prayers. 

Who are we?
The Hope Center is a group of volunteers from the Fox Valley area WELS churches who provide physical and spiritual support in Christian love for local families who are struggling with physical needs. We provide material assistance (baby supplies, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, etc.) and are a distribution site for the Fox Cities Diaper Bank.

Where are we located?
We are located at 1316 W Lawrence Street, Appleton. This is behind St. Matthew Lutheran Church (located on Mason Street, one block off College Avenue).

How can I receive help?
We seek to provide help and hope to those in need in the Fox Valley. No matter what your age, nationality, race, income, disability, or religion, we are here to help. We care and we can help! All services are free and confidential.

New clients: Please call 920-739-0039 or email thehopecenter1316@gmail.com to schedule an initial intake appointment.
Current clients: Please drop in during our office hours and a volunteer will assist you.

How can I help?
The Hope Center appreciates prayers to our gracious God on our behalf. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us via phone at 920-739-0039 or email thehopecenter1316@gmail.com. We also appreciate your financial assistance and donations of hygiene items and cleaning supplies. All donations are tax deductible.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kara Witthuhn, Client Services Director of The Hope Center, at 920-739-0039.

Compelled by the love of Jesus, we provide help and hope to those in need—for now, and for eternity.

The Hope Center is an outreach ministry of WELS United based in Appleton, WI. The Hope Center is a volunteer, non-profit agency that is financially supported by the members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). We are a 501c3 non-profit agency. Donations are tax deductible.

Hope Center Update

The Hope Center--Appleton, January & February 2021

What happens when one of our Hope Center clients moves away from our care and shepherding? Their Savior continues to care and shepherd. Recently this happened with an individual who moved to New London. They have no transportation to the Hope Center or to church. Yet through the spiritual care given through the Hope Center, they stay in touch with a pastor, are mailed weekly sermons, and have the opportunity to attend services at Emanuel (our WELS church in New London). Jesus their Savior continues to shepherd with healing love, powerful perseverance, and uplifting hope.

Your support has been amazing for The Hope Center–Appleton again in 2020. This WELS charitable agency at St. Mathew was incredibly blessed with about a dozen volunteers who served over 1380 hours. Your generous donations have helped us keep pace with nearly $30,000 in expenses last year. We served nearly 1,000 individual families with diapers, cleaning, and personal items and were able to partner with Pillars to sponsor over 20 move-in kits to individuals finding housing. A dozen families from the Hope Center are presently served by our WELS churches. Among them, 3 young children were baptized and two families with critical needs were blessed with Christmas gifts.

Join with The Hope Center-Appleton to provide help and hope to those in need. Volunteer at The Hope Center-Appleton. Continue to donate cash gifts and gift cards from Walmart and grocery stores. Keep The Hope Center in your prayers. For more information ask for Susan or Jen at (920)739-0039, or reach them at thehopecenter1316@gmail.com

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