Bruderhof GIves £15,000 to Hastings community project

The Bruderhof Community is donating £15,000 to help ensure the much needed work of Hope Kitchen in Hastings can continue. Wellington Square Church needs to refurbish the kitchen facilities used by Hope Kitchen, Street Pastors and other local groups to ensure it is fit for purpose.  The building is listed and the estimated refurbishment costs are £30,000.

Hope Kitchen provides hot meals and conversation, as well as signposting guests to other services.  Their guests are often battling homelessness, addiction, mental health and loneliness in the town. Hope Kitchen is staffed by dedicated volunteers and is open two evenings a week.

The Bruderhof have been supporting the project since 2010 with their community members volunteering at the kitchen each week.  They have also made smaller financial grants in the past, and support the popular Christmas Dinner run each year. 

Hannah Horning from the Bruderhof’s Darvell Community in Robertsbridge says, “Homelessness is a significant problem in Hastings, and multiple agencies are concerned and working hard to help those affected. I have been volunteering for Hope Kitchen for many years, and love working there.  The work Hope Kitchen does is very important, and it’s great to be part of an effort like this. The Bruderhof will be matching all donations made until we hit the target, so giving now will double the value of your gift.”

MP for Hastings and Rye, Sally-Ann Hart is supporting the fundraiser.  She says: “As hard as it is to admit, homelessness is on the rise in the South East, and Hastings alone is home to many rough sleepers each night. Projects like Hope Kitchen offer invaluable services and support to those in need and its closure should be prevented. Donations like that of the Bruderhof are a real encouragement as community groups work together to help tackle the rise of homelessness, and care for those on the streets. As the new MP for Hastings and Rye, I have made tackling homelessness and rough sleeping one of my top priorities, and I will endeavour to continue to do this and support the work of local organisations like Hope Kitchen.”

Mike Cooper is the Chair of Hope Kitchen.  He says, “Having worked with us for about 10 years, the Bruderhof community have been a big support both financially and practically, and we are very grateful for the time they give to volunteer with us. Raising £30,000 for Wellington Square Church is a big task, but with this generous gift from the Bruderhof we are one step closer. We hope the community will get behind this project as we fundraise the remainder.”

The Bruderhof Community is donating £15,000 to help ensure the much needed work of Hope Kitchen in Hastings can continue. Wellington Square Church needs to refurbish the kitchen facilities used by Hope Kitchen, Street Pastors and other local groups to ensure it is fit for purpose.  The building is listed and the estimated refurbishment costs are £30,000.

Hope Kitchen provides hot meals and conversation, as well as signposting guests to other services.  Their guests are often battling homelessness, addiction, mental health and loneliness in the town. Hope Kitchen is staffed by dedicated volunteers and is open two evenings a week.

The Bruderhof have been supporting the project since 2010 with their community members volunteering at the kitchen each week.  They have also made smaller financial grants in the past, and support the popular Christmas Dinner run each year. 

Hannah Horning from the Bruderhof’s Darvell Community in Robertsbridge says, “Homelessness is a significant problem in Hastings, and multiple agencies are concerned and working hard to help those affected. I have been volunteering for Hope Kitchen for many years, and love working there.  The work Hope Kitchen does is very important, and it’s great to be part of an effort like this. The Bruderhof will be matching all donations made until we hit the target, so giving now will double the value of your gift.”

MP for Hastings and Rye, Sally-Ann Hart is supporting the fundraiser.  She says: “As hard as it is to admit, homelessness is on the rise in the South East, and Hastings alone is home to many rough sleepers each night. Projects like Hope Kitchen offer invaluable services and support to those in need and its closure should be prevented. Donations like that of the Bruderhof are a real encouragement as community groups work together to help tackle the rise of homelessness, and care for those on the streets. As the new MP for Hastings and Rye, I have made tackling homelessness and rough sleeping one of my top priorities, and I will endeavour to continue to do this and support the work of local organisations like Hope Kitchen.”

Mike Cooper is the Chair of Hope Kitchen.  He says, “ Having worked with us for about 10 years, the Bruderhof community have been a big support both financially and practically, and we are very grateful for the time they give to volunteer with us. Raising £30,000 for Wellington Square Church is a big task, but with this generous gift from the Bruderhof we are one step closer. We hope the community will get behind this project as we fundraise the remainder.”

Darvell Bruderhof is based in Robertsbridge, East Sussex.  It is a church community of 300 people including families and singles.  Members live without private property, sharing everything in common as was practiced by the first church in Jerusalem.  The Bruderhof is an open community and welcomes visitors.  Many people attend their Saturday evening dinners, summer open houses and carol concerts.