Bring HOPE and CARE to our Community!
"Whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
North River’s Care Ministry envelops three important initiatives that provide ongoing opportunities to serve our communities:
1) Care Packs (for those experiencing homelessness)
2) Gratitude Packs for Veterans
3) Read with HOPE!
4) NEW! POPP Cards & Backpacks for young men in juvenile detention centers


Care Packs are bags of basic care items distributed to community members experiencing homelessness. Each gallon- or quart-size bag contains basic food and hygiene items, as well as two cards: 1) a Care Card, which contains a personal, encouraging message and 2) a Connection Card, which contains the names, addresses, and phone numbers of local community organizations that provide valuable resources for homeless individuals and families.

What goes in a Care Pack?

For Full-Size Care Packs (gallon-size pack that is best for carrying in your vehicle), include all items listed below. For Mini Care Packs (quart-size pack that is great for carrying in a large purse or backpack), include just the first 4 bolded items. Women's Packs (full-size or mini) include additional sanitary items.

Connection Card with local resources
Care Card of encouragement
Small water bottle
Nonperishable, prepackaged food item
New pair of socks
Wet Wipes
Travel-size toothpaste
Travel-size lotion
Sanitary Pads (for Women's Packs - include 5+)

Connection Cards

You can visit the HOPE Depot in the Lighthouse for printed out Connection Cards or print out your own using the links below. If you need one for a different area, create a customized card here!

Atlanta Area
West Cobb

Care Cards

Grab a handwritten Care Card from the HOPE Depot, or write your own! These sample cards are great examples of what you can include:

Hello Friend, Dear Neighbor, __________

Here’s your opportunity to connect! Include encouraging scripture(s). Offer your prayers. Let them know they are loved and seen by God. Think of what you might want or need to hear from a stranger if you felt discouraged and were living in challenging circumstances.

Sign with your (first) name. This makes it feel special and personal.



We are incredibly excited to partner with the new VA Clinic in Marietta! As a church, we would like to offer a Gratitude Pack to encourage and uplift veterans who walk through their door. Each Gratitude Pack will include a healthy beverage and snack and a handwritten card thanking these brave men and women for their service and sacrifices. 

Step 1: Pick up the Gratitude Pack logos and the red, white, and blue paper bags from the HOPE Depot (family group members contribute the items that go inside)
Step 2: Drop off completed packs at the HOPE Depot in the Lighthouse or at the HOPE worldwide table in the lobby
Step 3: NR members Tracy Barlow (LCSW) and Joe Mulligan (LCSW) will distribute Gratitude Packs to veterans

In each Gratitude Pack, please include the following items:

1) Snack bar (to purchase in bulk, consider this snack box
2) Small water bottles (such as those seen here)
3) Lifesaver candies (such as those seen here or here)
4) Card of encouragement (see samples below)

Gratitude Packs provide a great opportunity for family and community groups to serve together. Talk to your family group leaders about planning a packing party! Family group leaders can pick up red, white, and blue baggies from the church, and group members can contribute the items that go inside. 

Individuals of all ages can write cards of encouragement. Here are a few examples:

Please read our Gratitude Bookmark to remember the “why” of honoring our veterans. If you would like one or want to get some to share with your family group before a packing day, you can pick up these bookmarks in the HOPE Depot in the Lighthouse or at the HOPE worldwide table in the lobby on any given Sunday.



Our summer “mobile library” book lending program provides books for children within our local community who lack access to books. We deliver books to apartment complexes and encourage the kids to read. Help organize and label books within the HOPE Depot so that we can lend and gift books locally and internationally. Many weekly opportunities are available!

Contact: Noelle Broyles, 919-699-8745;

POPP Cards & Backpacks


Have another question?
Reach out to our Care Team!

Care Pack lead: Debbie Swain - 757-812-0256 -

Care Card lead: Janice Youmans - 678-641-1075 -