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Thanks to the help of more than 50 volunteers and partner organizations, Hope Full Life Center blessed thousands of people in 2017 through its various programs.

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, southern Albany County and around the world through 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,...

February 24, 2018

It’s not often all the staff and volunteers of Hope Full Life Center are together in one room. Typically, we are spread throughout Faith Plaza in Ravena running our food assistance program, Helping Harvest; our two thrift stores, Gracefully Chic Boutique and Peace of Home, and our international aid program, Cross Culture Market.

Most everyone turns out for our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in February, however, which gives us a chance to thank each person individually and collectively. It’s a time of fellowship and fun.

This year’s dinner theme, “A World of Thanks,” took our guests on a culinary journey around the globe. We played games and the leadership team sang (a very cheesy and off-key) thank you to the tune of The Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand, which we revised to “we want to...

July 8, 2017

July 4th has come and gone, but Cross Culture Market continues to pursue life, liberty and happiness for suffering people around the world. Cross Culture Market is our Fair Trade Christian gift store that seeks to provide fair wages, safe work conditions, environmental sustainability and the love of Jesus to disadvantaged people.

We have our share of struggles here in the United States, but we also have many freedoms people in other nations can only dream of. Instead they worry about basic needs like safety for their families and where their next meal will come from. 

Read Cross Culture Market's Independence Day blog and how we help here. 


May 18, 2017

The Linda Civill Community Garden is set to open Memorial Day weekend and we are in need of gardeners. Whether you’re a first-timer or have lots of experience with gardening, a community garden is a great place to make new friends, get some exercise, contribute to your community and, of course, take home some nutritious produce.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the garden and how it operates:

Q. Where is the garden be located?

A. The garden is located in Faith Plaza, right next to the stockade fence across from the stores.

Q. How much does it cost to garden here?

A. Other than seeds and/or starter plants for your plot, it will cost you nothing to garden with us (except your time and perhaps a good pair of gardening gloves!). Depending on what you want to grow, we may even be a...

March 16, 2017

Local Fair Trade supporters, including Cross Culture Market, are planning an event at the Albany School of Humanities (ASH), a City School District of Albany elementary school, on Saturday, April 1 from 10 am to 3 pm. The Global Fair Trade Market is a simple way for the community to join the fight against worldwide poverty. 

The market will showcase beautiful handcrafted gifts, housewares, and accessories, as well as specialty foods and coffees. Everything on display meets fair trade standards, meaning the artisans and producers from the developing world were compensated fairly; enjoyed safe, cooperative workplaces; and created their goods using environmentally sustainable practices. 

Among the many items for sale will be jewelry, handbags and scar...

Hope Full Life Center was busy in 2016! Read this report to learn how our programs served the residents of Ravena and surrounding communities last year.

February 23, 2017

Love was in the air at Hope Full Life Center and Abounding Love Christian Fellowship’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the church. More than 100 volunteers and their families enjoyed an evening of food provided by Frese’s Catering, Valentine’s inspired games and fellowship as we honored the time and talent each attendee contributed to the success of our two sister organizations in the past year.

More than 50 volunteers assisted at one of Hope Full Life Center’s programs in 2016. In our food assistance program, Helping Harvest, volunteers help us receive and process our food deliveries each Tuesday, sort goods, clean, break down cardboard and fill many other functions.

At Gracefully Chic Boutique and Peace of Home, volunteers help us sort the huge quantity of do...

Ever wondered what it takes to run a thrift store? Our staff and a volunteer, Sierra Flach, produced this fun video that shows what happens to all the donations we receive at Gracefully Chic Boutique and Peace of Home. You'll learn what we do to master the chaos that surrounds us every day!

November 21, 2016

Families struggling with finances this holiday season can take advantage of Toys for Tots registration, a food assistance program and two thrift stores at Hope Full Life Center.

October 20, 2016

A beautiful fall day set the stage for a fun-filled Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 15. Hundreds of people paid a visit to Faith Plaza to take advantage of the free games and other activities we had prepared with the help of our friends at Abounding Love Christian Fellowship.

Back by popular demand, kids were able to make caramel apples, jump in the bounce house, crawl through a box maze and take a hay ride through the village. New in 2016 was a slingshot, hoops competition, ducky matching game and more.

Kids lined up to participate in our Jedi Training Camp, which featured volunteers dressed as popular Star Wars characters. Local reptile expert Dean Davis wowed crowds again with his knowledge of North American snakes, turtles, spiders, salamanders and more. The Ravena Fire Department dem...

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