Sharing the love and hope of Christ while empowering our neighbors with education, employment, and crisis support.

As a new school year begins, students of all ages (preschool through college) prepare for the challenges ahead. The CARE Center recognizes the significant obstacles during this season: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healthcare, access to nutrient-rich food, expenses of school clothes and supplies, bullying (both face-to-face and virtual), peer pressure and isolation, worries of repeated instances of weaponry and violence, high rates of depression, suicide attempts, and substance abuse. We proudly partner with community and church organizations to provide essential items such as backpacks, clothing, mental health counseling, Bags of Blessings, tutoring, recovery and crisis support, mentoring, and more.

However, we would like to ask you to remember to, first and foremost, share the love and hope of Jesus with the children of our community, especially when preparing for back to school. Children who report a relationship with a loving God also have more positive markers for thriving, including an increased sense of meaning and purpose. Proverbs 22:6 compels us to train our children in how they should go, and Ephesians 6:11 reminds us that they'll need the armor of God to battle the Enemy's schemes in their lives. As mindful caregivers, neighbors, and faith communities, we should encourage spiritual development in our kiddos for seasonal and lifelong growth. Here are some potential ways to do so: 

  • Listen to their stories, fears, excitements, and disappointments.  
  • Take them into nature, church, or other places that foster wonder, awe, and connectedness. 
  • Ask open-ended questions about circumstances and inner thoughts. (Ex. Were you able to be a good friend today? What made you laugh, and why?)
  • Share the methods and Scripture verses you use to nurture your own faith. 

My prayers are with you and our youngest neighbors as we band together to help them grow, learn, and love in 2023/2024!



Andrea Bridges

Executive Director

The CARE Center

The CARE Center was awarded among the Top 5 finalists for 2023 Outreach of the Year, so Lewis Hundley from Trideum Foundation brought us a generous gift of $5000. We are immensely grateful, as these funds will enable us to spread the message of love and hope through Christ to our community. Our hearts are overflowing with profound appreciation!

Applications for the Bags of Blessings program for the 2023/2024 school year are being taken. This ministry provides food to low-income children attending New Hope Elementary, New Hope High School, and Owens Cross Roads Elementary. The program has increased school day attendance, improved test scores, and decreased behavioral issues by delivering food to children on weekends and extended breaks. Click HERE for an application or more information.

Are you passionate about working with children? Do you want to help the next generation explore new opportunities and gain experiences? We are looking for after-school leaders and assistants to show Jesus' loving compassion to our kids from 2:15-5:30 PM on weekdays. If you answered "yes" to these questions, please contact to discuss joining our team.

Grace Marshall is the new site director at our Owens Cross Roads Community Learning Center. She loves dogs, cares for children, is pursuing a degree, and is a 5-year veteran of our team. We are excited to have her stepping into this leadership role, serving our staff and students in one of our three school-based programs.

Thank you to everyone who purchased engraved bricks supporting our mission. Legacy Pavers are now installed! It's not too late to purchase and design your own. Click HERE to get started. All proceeds go towards educating, empowering, and employing our neighbors in Southeastern Madison County.

We were recently inspired by Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ students who volunteered to pack Bags of Blessings during Summer Serve Week. These bags were prayed over and will ensure low-income children can access food on weekends throughout the school year. This group's dedication gives us hope for the future.

Events & Opportunities

The "Hand Up" Podcast

History in the making.

August 2023

John Tanner, Lead Pastor of Cove Church and one of our founding allies, shares a compelling story of The CARE Center's history while debunking a few theological myths that often hold us back from reaching our full potential while on mission for the Kingdom of God. 


I Golf Because I CARE

9 WEEKS UNTIL / October 13

The 21st annual "I Golf Because I CARE" fundraising tournament presented by Freedom Realty is only three months away. Last year, forty sponsors, seventy-two golfers, and eighteen volunteers worked together to improve life for those around us. This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 with the help of 50 sponsors and 25 golf teams. So remember to mark your calendars, inform others, and leave your superstitions behind as we anticipate a day of fun and philanthropy at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.


Food Pantry Shopping List

Our Food Pantry provides a 3-day emergency food supply to those in crisis. Donations are welcome! Call us to schedule an in-person delivery or ship directly to our Business Office from Amazon. Here is the list of top needs.


Recovery Support Group

Thursdays / 6 - 7:30 PM

Ministry Building

Research shows that a positive, encouraging support system makes addiction recovery much more likely. Join our onsite group today! Registration is not required. Come as you are and bring a friend. Dinner is provided at the top of the hour. 

Email with questions.

Meal Ministry Sign Up

Several of our learning environments depend on faithful volunteers who will routinely provide and deliver a monthly meal OR make a $40 PayPal donation. Please prayerfully consider supporting our Meal Ministry and sign up today!


Faith & Finances Coaching

Our free one-on-one coaching program can help you achieve self-sufficiency by establishing a budget, paying off debts, creating an emergency fund, and saving for your future. It's part of our Faith & Finances program and is open to all community members.

Email to express interest.

Men's Community Group

Mondays / 5:30 - 7 PM

Business Office

Join our local men's group to share practical tips and Biblical wisdom while enjoying a FREE meal together. These guys just began a new study on the Book of Hebrews and are always open to new members.

Contact group leader Grant Preston at 256.714.6563

FREE GED Classes

Mondays & Wednesdays

Ministry Building / 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Obtaining your GED offers better chances of being accepted into a university, which in turn has the potential to lead to greater financial earnings. Most workplaces also require employees to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. 

To register, show up or call our Adult Education Office at 256.722.2271.

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Business Office

5410 Main Drive

New Hope, AL 35760

Ministry Building &

Adult Learning Center

5414 Main Drive

New Hope, AL 35760

Mailing Address 

PO Box 51

New Hope, AL 35760