Hands of Hope Outreach Center
How It Began
Hands of Hope Outreach Center was birthed in Pastor Duane Sheriff twenty five years ago through a vision and passion for people. It began in a small double-wide trailer, established in August of 1988 as Victory Life Food Bank. Over the years, it expanded to larger locations. However, in 2002, due to a fire that destroyed our children’s church, the food bank was faced with relocating. Although a new facility was not yet available, the staff’s love for people prevailed over circumstances and conditions; and the food bank remained opened by operating under some trees on the church property. For eight weeks, during the hottest months of the year, the volunteers continued to minister and hand out food to help those that desperately needed it. Victory Life Food Bank was then moved to the current location in downtown Durant; and as of December 2011, 43,384 families across five Oklahoma counties have been served.
In the spring of 2006, the Hands of Hope Outreach Center opened to encompass the expanding vision of the eldership and church. There has been one unchanging rule throughout time that was mandated by God and it is how the name was conceived. We pray with every person who comes through our doors for assistance. We will hold their hands and touch all that the world would consider unlovely or unclean because it is how Jesus Christ would have done it. We are to be the reflection of Christ Himself in this earth. We are to instill the hope and love that can only come from Him.
The food bank is open in summer Monday 4pm to 6pm & Tuesday-Friday from 7am to 11am and winter hours are Monday 4pm to 6pm & Tuesday-Friday 8am to 12pm. Assistance is income-based, our food bank is supplied through Oklahoma Regional Food Bank in Oklahoma City and through private donations. The food bank is fully funded by the tithes and offerings of the members of Victory Life Family Worship Center. It is predominantly operated by a volunteer staff ranging in age from thirteen to ninety.
We have been successful in developing relationships with several church and government agencies in the area. We have become familiar with the assistance these agencies have to offer and are able to point families in the right direction to get the help they need.
We offer free Christian counseling that is based strongly in the Word of God for individuals and families.
Opportunities to Serve
There are many areas and opportunities to serve. If you have an interest in volunteering and a heart for serving, and loving people, please contact Sue Stanfield/Director at (580)920-2574, or visit us at 724 West Main in Durant