Fifteen years ago this summer, the doors of City on a Hill opened. It was the culmination of months of work, prayer and steps of faith.
And with those steps, our founders so often found a sure foundation under their feet. Answers to prayer at the right moment: A church’s help. Hospital officials receptive to a vision. A donation in the nick of time. Key people at key times.
And that foundation is still evident in this 15th year of City on a Hill: Donors who have been faithful since the beginning – and new friends joining each year. Volunteers who appeared just as needs arose 15 years ago — and who answer the call today. Ministries that need space just as offices become available.
City on a Hill today houses 34 independent ministry partners plus four ministries we operate. Some 60 others have come and gone, outgrowing us or seeing needs change.
Our own ministries have grown. Health Clinic services have expanded greatly. ATLAS became Doors of Hope, infused with new energy and inspiration. The Leader Renewal Room was founded for spiritual rejuvenation. The Café mission evolved to offer creative nourishment to our ministry community.
Through it all, our mission remains:
“City on a Hill honors God by cultivating an affordable, inviting, and collaborative space where ministries and other nonprofits can both grow and do more good for our community and world.”
Much continues: Our Christmas Dinner has continued every first T ursday of December since 2008. Summer Partners Potluck Picnics and Partners Lunches began that first year. Volunteers clean, paint, fix things and welcome visitors.
And steps of faith continue. After prayerful consideration, our board this year moved forward to replace the failing steam boiler system. Individuals, businesses, and foundations donated nearly half the cost in one year, well over the original down payment goal.
The foundation of faith continues to build as we move forward. Ministry will continue at City on a Hill for years to come.