MISSION STATEMENT: Help & Hope Center (Douglas/Elbert Task Force) is a 501(c) (3) human service organization whose mission is to meet the immediate needs of residents of Douglas and Elbert counties who are in financial distress and/or at risk of becoming homeless, to help them work through troublesome times with dignity.
In 1984, Castle Rock churches joined forces to create a centralized location to send people in need, and to encourage volunteerism by providing opportunities for their congregations to become directly involved with their community. Mrs. Mela Rudolph, the organization's founder, began by setting up an emergency assistance center in her garage. As the community grew, the agency expanded to begin serving residents of Douglas County, and later Elbert County. For 34 years, the Douglas/Elbert Task Force has worked to provide and expand services to community residents who are most in need. In 2018 the agency chose a new name to better reflect how it serves the community: Help & Hope Center.
"In times of food insecurity, having the Help & Hope Center has been a blessing. The staff is kind and this feels like a safe place." ~ Food Bank Client
"With the cost of living so high here in Colorado, we have been blessed through Help & Hope Center with the food and clothes our family needed" ~ Joy Powers, client
"Help & Hope Center is an amazing organization. I have had cancer for several years, and the Center has made my toughest times easier. I am able to focus on my health and not the day to day food and utility costs. Thank you for all you do for our community."
~ Susanne Ruiz, client
"Help & Hope Center has helped my family tremendously. Our daughter passed away last year, and life got very difficult. If it wasn't for this resource we wouldn't have our home, or our surviving two-year-old fed and taken care of." ~ Ashley McClure