Who We Are

At Fenton Center of Hope our vision is to serve our neighbors who are hungry and in need of resources resulting in a better quality of life. We exist to glorify God as a source of hope for families in desperate need, providing Christ centered programs of excellence to local residents in crisis situations.

More than ever we need the financial support of those who can help!


2020 has been such a challenging year and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change! Now into the “second wave” of Corona-virus we see many more in our community unemployed and struggling to make ends meet. We’re spending nearly 10x more than our normal budget to keep up with the tremendous increase in need for the resources and services we provide.

The Thanksgiving basket event this year was bigger than ever and a huge success! Thanks to all who contributed and volunteered. We delivered over 320 baskets! 



Chef Showdown Postponed

Fenton Center of Hope holds Facebook Fundraiser

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders, the Fenton Center of Hope postponed its yearly fundraiser, the Chef Show down, which was scheduled 
to take place May 1. It’s a live event that features two local chefs competing against each other to create three courses using a secret ingredient. A panel of judges decides the winner, and attendees can taste food from about 20 restaurants. It would have been the fourth annual Chef Showdown. “The guests get to enjoy delicious food, watch an entertaining show and have a great time. Due to the pandemic we have had to postpone our event, which was supposed to be this Friday, May 1,” said Jennifer Strygulec co-director of FCOH on Wednesday. “Not only do we need to abide by the governor’s rule about large numbers of people gathering, we also need to give the restaurants that support us time to financially recover. We have no idea how long that will be, so we are holding off on picking a date to reschedule for.” Last year’s Chef Showdown raised $55,000. They were aiming for $65,000 this year. The money goes to keeping the Fenton Center of Hope running and the food pantry stocked throughout the year. “Our financial need has greatly increased due to the pandemic and the growing number of people we are serving through these trying times,” she said. Director of FCOH, Bob Strygulec, said the Chef Showdown accounts for approximately 30 percent of the non profit’s annual revenue. A new date has not yet been set. “We don’t know how it’s going to affect the restaurants,” Jennifer said. “We’re hoping in the fall, but we’re not sure. We always plan right up until the chef showdown. It’s kind of devestating we’re not having it. 
Facebook Fundraiser
Instead of the Chef Showdown, the FCOH is hosting a fundraiser from May 3-10. People have donated items to be raffled. “Some people have called and said they have matching donations,” she said.”We’ve been working on videos of people who have helped us. It’s just been amazing.

Interested in Volunteering?

There are a variety of ways you can help! Whether it’s helping with a one-time project or volunteering on a weekly basis, there’s a place for you!