Bucharest, Romania

The Hope Rescue Centre Association was officially launched at the Crystal Tower in Bucharest on 12th December 2015 and gained accreditation on 1st February 2016.

Mike and Dana Zaharia, both Romanian nationals, along with Chris and Pat Calow (members of Chesterfield Church in the Peak), are the founding members of the Association.

The purpose of the Hope Rescue Centre is to bring hope to underprivileged people by offering physical, emotional, educational and spiritual resources that will enable them to become responsible citizens. The support is based upon Christian values and principles.

2018 has been a pivotal year and God has greatly blessed HRC with many answers to prayers. An office was purchased in 2017 and is the base for the work, which has been granted Social Services accreditation. A generous donation meant that HRC was able to purchase land for the building of a multi-functional complex comprising social housing, business and counselling centre with a church at its heart, in the village of Stefanesti de Jos.

In addition to on-going support for families and individuals there are several specific projects each year: the Easter project (100 donated food parcels were distributed), Summer Camps and VBS for needy children, School Bag project, Christmas project (350 donated gift parcels given to the children). Church members are able to be involved directly by going on a Mission Trip or/and by donations.

As well as the joy that the gifts give to the hearts of the children who would otherwise receive little or nothing at Christmas, HRC aims to give hope to several hundred people: street people, those living in ghettos, addicts and people at high risk of social exclusion.

Chesterfield Church in the Peak actively supports the work of HRC in prayer and financially.

For more information see http://hrc.org.ro