Hoyleton Youth and Family Services

Neighbors For Renewal

Building stronger communities since 1998.

This new partnership is getting involved in the community, restoring aging homes in the local community and providing opportunities to vulnerable families.

One Man's Vision Becomes a Mission

Over 20 years ago Rev. Drew Kramer started thinking about how he could give back to his community and stay active in retirement. He led the First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville for 19 years and had done many mission trips to Montana and Michigan during his tenure to build and restore churches.

Seeing the opportunity in his own community, Rev. Kramer used start-up money from the Major Mission Fund, a fundraising campaign that encouraged congregations to use a portion of their raised funds locally, to buy a Belleville house in need of renovation. He knew there was a need for more home ownership in his home town of Belleville but he also knew many low-income families could not afford to buy a home so they were renting.

The next step was recruiting his construction team. He reached out to many skilled and unskilled members of the community and his congregation to secure a group of volunteers interested in rehabbing the house. As word spread and the team continued rehabbing more houses, local companies began to volunteer their services and even materials.

The group realized they enjoyed working together and were inspired by the good they were doing in the community so they decided to keep going. They created a board, filed some paperwork as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) and became incorporated in 1998. Neighbors for Renewal was born.

 

Notable Locations

  • Belleville Area College Classroom Lab for the Bridges Program
  • Bob Goldie Estate, turned Center for Racial Harmony
  • 1518 West Main St. Interfaith Food Pantry
  • 205 West B St. Food Pantry jointly operated by seven area churches with St. Paul’s UCC
  • Vandor Court
  • **Coming Soon! Therapeutic Foster Home

 

Partnership with HYFS

 

 

 

Hoyleton purchased a Belleville, IL house in early 2020, with the goal of rehabbing it to become its first therapeutic foster house. Hoyleton Youth & Family Services CEO Chris Cox was impressed with what Neighbors for Renewal was doing in the local community and wanted to assist them with their mission.

With the combined dedication of both groups, Vandor Court house was finished in April and dedicated in May. During construction of the Vandor Court house Drew and Chris had several conversations about continuing the partnership.

Everyone was committed to investing in the community so Chris and Drew continued to discuss a cost-effective plan that would keep the Neighbors for Renewal workers active doing what they loved without their overhead expenses and paperwork of buying and selling the properties they worked on. In August of 2021 all details between the two non-profit organizations were ironed out and the Neighbors for Renewal board members voted to affiliate with Hoyleton.

What began as a true labor of love for Drew Kramer has evolved into a unique partnership for Neighbors for Renewal and Hoyleton Youth & Family Services. The mission for both organizations is to be involved in the community and enable all people an opportunity to realize the wholeness of life that God intends.

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