God placed a burning passion for the inner city in the heart of Pastor Ken Whitten when he moved to Tampa in 1989. For many years he carried that passion in his heart but didn't know the plans God had in store. In 2012 God gave him a specific dream for Hope Street, a place where the least, the lost, the hurting could find hope through Jesus Christ. A vision team was formed and through a conversation with the Mayor, Hope Street began to focus her first efforts in Sulphur Springs. The very first ministry launched in January 2014. Adopt-A-Block placed 50 volunteers on 10 blocks and relationships began to form. Our focus since then has been to grow in areas of education and mentoring at-risk youth. We are praying for God's direction in the next steps He wants us to take. In the coming years we pray God will open doors in the human trafficking ministry, job placement, and further youth development.
We exist to transform lives in the inner city through Christ-centered services and community development.
To see the inner city transformed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ into revitalized and flourishing communities.
Without a relationship with Jesus there is no hope. God wants to meet us where we are. There is no one beyond salvation through Jesus. John 3:16
Christ showed compassion to everyone regardless of race, gender, age, or social status. It is our desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the inner city showing compassion to everyone. Matthew 9:36
As modeled by our Savior, we want to serve the community with a humble heart. Matthew 20:28
In communities that are often plagued with abondoment we want to be steadfast. Our leaders and volunteers are here to stay. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Everything we do here is under prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit. We will be united in direction through His leading. John 14:26