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January 21, 2020

Change is inevitable for every business and Hope Full Life Center is in the middle of one now. After nearly a decade of service to the community, our thrift store programs, Gracefully Chic Boutique and Peace of Home, closed for business at the end of December. 

This is a bittersweet change for our charity because the thrift stores opened in 2010 as our country was clawing its way back from the biggest recession it had experienced since the Great Depression. Our community needed a low-cost shopping alternative and our thrift stores thrived.

Fast forward to the end of 2019 and the US’ economy is booming. Our shoppers aren’t pinching pennies like they used to and we haven’t seen many of them in a long time. Whole mornings would pass at the thrift stores without a single customer.

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November 20, 2019

Donate $20 and we'll deliver a bag packed with food to a family in need

Struggling families and human service agencies will receive an unexpected blessing this holiday season from Hope Full Life Center in the form of

Blessing Bags. These bags will be full of kitchen staples such as pasta and sauce, tuna fish, peanut butter, beans and other foods that offer a variety of flavors and nutrition. 

This is the second year the Center will orchestrate the Blessing Bags project. In 2018 more than 50 families and agencies, including Street Soldiers, Albany Teen Challenge, Senior Projects of Ravena and Albany homeless shelters, received bags.

Hope Full Life Center's food assistance program, Helping Harvest, is fortunate to have overstocks of food. The charity doesn't want the food to sit in its ware...

June 20, 2019

Hats off to Curaleaf! A new business in Ravena, Curaleaf has become a 2019 Hope Full Life Center business supporter. The Center will use Curaleaf’s donation to buy produce for Helping Harvest, our low-cost food assistance program for struggling families located in Faith Plaza.

Health experts want us to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, but for low-income families achieving this goal is difficult. Fresh produce is expensive and it spoils quickly so many low-income families choose processed foods that are cheap, readily accessible, easy to make and filling.

At Helping Harvest we aim to supply fruits and vegetables each week for our member shoppers. We want to fill empty stomachs, but with foods that offer nutrition whenever possible. This isn’t easy, however. The...

February 19, 2019

2018 was an eventful year at the Center. Read all about what we accomplished and the people we served in this Annual Report. 

What is Hope Full Life Center?

  • Hope Full Life Center (HFLC) is the hands-on ministry of Abounding Love Christian Fellowship.

  • The organization assists the needy in Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and throughout southern Albany County and the surrounding region using programs that encourage self-sufficiency.

  • HFLC is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in 2012.

  • HFLC oversees Helping Harvest, Gracefully Chic Boutique, Peace of Home, Cross Culture Market and the Linda Civill Community Garden.

  • Mission Statement: Hope Full Life Center empowers people. Activated by compassion, our multi-faceted outreach provides a helping hand, not a hand-out, to...

February 1, 2019

Nearly 110 children in the RCS community had a brighter Christmas thanks to our Toys for Tots program. Hope Full Life Center and Abounding Love Christian Fellowship work together to serve as a distribution point for the U.S. Marine Corp.’s Toys for Tots.

Families in need of gifts for children 12 and under could register for the program at Hope Full Life Center’s Helping Harvest or Gracefully Chic Boutique and Peace of Home. Meanwhile kind-hearted members of Abounding Love’s church family shop for additional toys.

Toys were distributed to parents the week before Christmas.

Volunteer Rhonda Baker has served as the coordinator of the joint Hope Full Life Center and church program for many years.

“It’s always rewarding to know kids are going to have a better Christmas thanks to Toys for Tots a...

January 23, 2019

Struggling families and human services agencies received an unexpected blessing this holiday season from Hope Full Life Center in the form of “Blessing Bags. These bags were full of kitchen staples such as pasta and sauce, tuna fish, peanut butter, beans and other foods that offered a variety of flavors and nutrition. Agencies such as the Street Soldiers, Albany Teen Challenge, Senior Projects of Ravena and Albany homeless shelters received boxes full of rice, chicken and beef broth, tomato sauce and other ingredients needed to cook for large groups as part of the program. More than 50 families and agencies received Blessing Bags.

“We called them Blessing Bags, but we ended up packing the food in boxes because grocery bags couldn’t hold everything we gave to families and the agencies,”...

December 1, 2018

If you're looking to have a community impact this holiday season, consider giving a Blessing Bag through Hope Full Life Center. For your $20 donation we'll pack a grocery bag full of food and give it to a needy family in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk area. 

Hope Full Life Center's food assistance program, Helping Harvest, always has overstocks of food. We don't want it to sit in our warehouse; we want to get it to people who don't have enough to eat. Blessing Bags will contain items such as pasta and sauce, tuna fish, peanut butter, bread, cheese, crackers, beans and other products that offer a variety of flavors and nutrition. 

Blessing Bags may be given to struggling families who utilize our programs, Helping Harvest, Gracefully Chic Boutique and Peace of Home. We will also donate b...

November 9, 2018

How will you give on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27, 2018? This international movement that occurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving weekend each year raises millions of dollars for charities all over the world. This #GivingTuesday we need your help. Two of our freezers at Helping Harvest died in the last month leaving us short on storage space for our food assistance program Helping Harvest. We don’t have the money to replace them at this time.

Every week we pack our freezers and refrigerators full of salvaged groceries we buy to feed low-income people who depend on us. When we don’t have the space to store foods we have to turn it down – including meats, vegetables and processed goods – foods we know would go home that very week with needy families.

Lacking freezer space this time of yea...

October 30, 2018

A little rain didn’t stop kids and their families from having a great time at Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 13. Children crawled through a box maze, painted pumpkins, rolled around in corn looking for prizes and much more. The annual event is a joint effort of volunteers from Hope Full Life Center and Abounding Love Christian Fellowship.

Despite wet, brisk weather several hundred people still attended Harvest Fest to take advantage of more than 15 activities, including a bounce house, caramel apple making, karaoke, and lots of carnival games. Adding to the fun were demonstrations by magician Doug Eash and Dean Davis, Ravena’s own reptile expert and educator. Actors dressed as minions also made guest appearances to delight kids.

All of these activities were free thanks to gener...

May 4, 2018

Students from the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School poured their time and energy into Hope Full Life Center on Wednesday, April 25. The student volunteers sorted food and donations at Helping Harvest, Gracefully Chic Boutique and Peace of Home. Two volunteers also helped create a report for Hope Full Life Center’s Director, Rebecca Flach.

The service day was coordinated by STARS Intergen, a local not-for-profit that seeks to build intergenerational connections between young people and seniors in the community. The students were also taking part in Global Youth Service Day, which recognizes young peoples’ contributions to communities through acts of service.

“Hope Full Life Center was thrilled to be a part of Global Youth Service Day. We love to see young adults recognized for their c...

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