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HOPE International Hosts Investing in Dreams Dinner Focusing on Rwanda

July 27, 2015

Investing in Dreams ChicagoWhich luxuries would you have to cut out of your life if you only had $2 to live off of each day? The majority of Americans can’t imagine living life on such an extreme budget, yet 2.2 billion people around the world live on less than $2 a day. HOPE International is hosting an Investing in Dreams dinner to allow those with more to help those with less.

Lacking access to adequate food, shelter and employment opportunities, many in the developing world simply get by and often subsist on handouts. Discovering that there is an escape from poverty is an obstacle that families often feel incapable of overcoming. People are trapped in feelings of shame and hopelessness, but provision is possible through organizations such as HOPE International.

Founded in 1997 by Keystone Custom Homes CEO Jeff Rutt, HOPE International gives people in need more than a handout: it gives a hand up. By providing small loans and savings services to entrepreneurs in developing countries, HOPE International is able to strengthen local industry and initiative. This poverty alleviation strategy allows people to become more independent, and the feelings of shame and hopelessness associated with poverty dissolve.

HOPE International believes that when men and women use their gifts of time, dreams and talents,  they can tackle poverty in parts of the world that appear to be hopeless.

If you’re looking for a place to begin using your gifts for the sake of benefiting those less fortunate, or you’re simply curious about the organization, join HOPE’s current president and CEO, Peter Greer, as he shares how HOPE equips families to invest in their dreams. At this Chicago event deemed “Focus on Rwanda,” Greer will share how you are capable of investing through discipleship, training, savings and small loans.

The Investing in Dreams dinner is September 16 with duplicate events at 5:30 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Workshop Chicago loft space located at 935 West Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60642. The dinner is free of cost, but an RSVP is required by September 7 to Debbie Birkey at 847-980-5152 or dbirkey@hopeinternational.org. For more information on the dinner focusing on Rwanda or on HOPE International, visit www.hopeinternational.org.

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Melissa Bennett is an account manager with mRELEVANCE. She handles public relations and social media programs for Atlanta new home builders, many of which build product targeted to active adult homebuyers. She also contributes to the mRELEVANCE blog by writing about the latest industry news and trends.

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