Gate of Hope Ministries International concentrates its activities in the Louisville, KY metro area where there is a large refugee population from East and Central Africa including:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
We believe that the realization and fulfillment of our communities potential starts with access to education. We advocate and encourage educational attainment among the refugee community.
We provide refugees a dedicated sponsor to work directly with their family unit to support and encourage everyone in the household to continue their education.
English as a second language (ESL) tutoring
We encourage immigrants to focus on English as a second language in order to strengthen communication skills among refugees, including youth and adults.
We advocate for refugee children and their families as they assimilate into the school system to to improve their academic performance and psychosocial development.
We believe that all individuals and families should be equipped with the tools that enable them to access basic needs.
healthy living classes
Gate of Hope provides classes that encourage healthy living and address chronic diseases like diabetes that affect our community.
Gate of Hope provides workforce training to help refugees apply for jobs and prepare for job interviews.
the path to U.S. CITIZENSHIP
Gate of Hope supports refugees who are on the path to U.S. citizenship with English language skills, lessons on United States history, and immigration referrals for those seeking paperwork assistance.
Vehicle donations provide countless benefits for our community. As refugees become more mobile, they are able to help each other get to work, take their children to school, attend church, and countless other activities.
Often, we find that our refugee community is ill-equipped to navigate the climate in Kentucky as it changes through each season. Gate of Hope opened a clothes closet at Beechmont Baptist Church to provide refugees with clothing at no cost.
We believe that mental wellness is important for our community development and access to skilled counselors provides a path to trauma healing.
Gate of Hope provides individual and group counseling sessions to refugees who have experienced trauma and suffer symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Hope community farm
Gate of Hope provides trauma counseling to elders in our community through the Hope Community Farm. This project was created in response to the identification of a specific need to fight depression and loneliness in our elders. Services are provided by Dr. Mukeshimana and other volunteers trained in trauma-informed mental health care and cross-cultural therapy dynamics. Counseling sessions take place in the garden setting, integrating garden education and activity.