Stewardship of Hope

The Stewardship of Hope award is a way to volunteer and live a life of stewardship.  It involves three different types of service at Catholic Charities.  This is a great way for student’s in 8th-12th grade to gain service hours and get experience for the workplace. School vacations are the perfect time to take on this project! Completion of this project also qualifies you for a scholarship contest.

There are many ways for students to help others by using their time and talents at Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope. The Center for Hope facility encompasses the Center for Hope Soup Kitchen and the Center for Hope Community Closet, creating a “one-stop” location that brings compassion and resources to the community.

  • In the Center for Hope Soup Kitchen, a hot meal is prepared and served by volunteers seven days a week to a population consisting of the homeless and those lacking adequate food for meals. In 2014, the Center for Hope Soup Kitchen served over 38,000 meals to those in need.
  • The Center for Hope Community Closet is a place that provides people in need with toiletries, clothing, and household items. By helping people meet these basic physical needs, a pathway toward independence is created not only for themselves, but also for their families. In 2014 alone, the Center for Hope Community Closet provided more than 441,000 personal needs, clothing, and household items to individuals in our community.

How do I earn the Stewardship of Hope Certificate?

To be awarded the Stewardship of Hope Certificate, a student is responsible for completing the following three parts:

  1. A shift in the Center for Hope Soup Kitchen – prepping the meal, serving, and cleaning up. You can choose a shift any day, Monday through Friday, 11am – 2pm. (3 hours)
  1. A shift in the Center for Hope Community Closet. You can choose a shift any day, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 12:30pm to 3:30pm. (3 hours)
  1. Individually or with a group, coordinate a donation/collection drive or a fundraising activity to benefit Catholic Charities’ Soup Kitchens or Community Closet. (4 hours).


After completing all three parts, the student will be responsible for filling out a questionnaire detailing their service project and experience. For those interested in entering the scholarship contest, they will also be charged with creating a poster board detailing their project and experiences. Final approval of all service hours and projects, including questionnaire and poster boards, will be determined by Catholic Charities.

For more information on the Stewardship of Hope Scholarship, please download the attached criteria:

Stewardship of Hope ScholarshipStewardship of Hope CertificateStewardship of Hope Form.

Interested in earning this certificate? Contact Amy at or 810-232-9950 x143.