Women of hope - Giving Circle

What is a Giving Circle?

A giving circle is a philanthropic group of individuals who join together to pool their resources for a common cause, while seeking to further their awareness of and engagement with that common cause.

How Does the Women of Hope Giving Circle Work?


Members can engage in a variety of ways that are easily tailored to their schedule. There are opportunities to serve from both home or onsite—alone or together with other members or family. Whether serving a meal, answering the phones, or being a prayer champion, members will encourage our homeless sisters and support the women who are working on the frontlines as shelter staff.


Members may attend training to learn about topics related to the work happening at Gateway Women & Children’s Center. Through education, circle members will increase advocacy as they grow in understanding of the complexities of homelessness and its solutions.


Members give an annual gift to the Women of Hope Circle fund. Each year, circle members vote to allocate those funds to various grant proposals submitted by shelter staff. These are projects outside of the normal yearly operating budget—providing creative solutions to issues that are unique to the women’s shelter. We announce the winning projects at our Night of Celebration, which is a beautiful evening of generosity and excitement that bridges the gap between the Women of Hope Circle members and frontline staff. Together, members can multiply their impact.

What are Member Expectations?

Members commit to learning and engagement opportunities at the Gateway Women and Children’s Center and give an annual gift. There are two giving levels that can be paid out over the whole year:

  • $500 (one vote)
  • $1000 (2 votes)


MISSION: To provide a Christ-centered avenue for women to actively engage with  Gateway Mission Women and Children’s Center through finances, time, and talent.

VISION: To see each Women of Hope Circle member equipped to be a productive volunteer and advocate for every woman and child we serve.


“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy”
Proverbs 31:20