`Let Hope Arise’ is a free, one-hour mission-focused breakfast event meant to educate and inspire people about the work of Southeast Community Outreach — or SECOR.
The first annual event — from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. May 8 at Inverness Hotel, 200 Inverness Dr. West in Englewood — is meant to lead SECOR to sustainable funding by inviting multi-year pledges so SECOR can focus on its goal of ending hunger in its four-county service area. The event will be an introduction to SECOR for many of the guests, so though there will be an opportunity to give, it is not required.
Important facts about the need in our community are: one out of four children in Douglas County schools qualify for the free/reduced meal program at their school; 76,000 families of four live at poverty level within SECOR’s service area (Douglas, Parker, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties); SECOR currently provides food for 500 families each month. The goal in 2014 is to increase that number to 1,000 families; SECOR currently provides Food for Thought sacks to 150 school children each Friday. SECOR’s goal is to increase that number to 300 children.