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Founded in 2004, Hope Builders is a partnership between Metro Peoria Baptist Association and the Mission. By partnering with volunteers, churches, and area businesses, Hope Builders is able to coordinate the repair and renovation of many homes owned by the poor and elderly in the 61605 zip code, one of the 100 poorest zip codes in the United States.

Hope Builders completed 6 projects with 45 MPBA volunteers in its first year during one focus week. Over the years the program grew to include churches outside of the Baptist Association, outside the region and even out of state.

Growing from one focus week to completing projects April through October including the focus week, Hope Builders 2015 completed 56 projects with 191 volunteers totaling 3,111 hours in addition to $44,872 in cash and material donations.

Working with the team captains on our adopted blocks, we identify homeowners in need; then work with our volunteers and supply partners to make sure that we have the materials, skill, and time to make the needed repairs.

Harold Booze is the program founder and serves as the Coordinator for Metro Peoria Baptist Association and gives 400 – 500 hours per year to the program.

Hope Builders 2015


Craig Williams – I joined South Side Mission in 2003 and was later ordained as a minister in 2009.  Personally and professionally, I am devoted to helping those who need it most in housing projects, dangerous neighborhoods, and the toughest schools on Peoria’s south side.

I am responsible for the outreach of Adopt A Block, Hope Builders Home Repairs, Before School Chapel Ministry in 5 public schools, 4 Food Pantries, Youth In Motion Praise Dance Ministry, Redeemed Boys Mentor Ministry, and I also oversee Elderly Service Ministry.

My wife and I approach ministry as a team, and act together to make an impact-particularly on the youth in our community.  I am a proud husband, father and grandfather, and continue to make my family a top priority in my life, surpassed only by my dedication to God.