kids hope usa

Loving Our Neighbors Beyond Church Walls

Mission: Kids Hope USA builds life-changing relationships one at a time: One Child. One Hour. One School. One Church.

What: American Reformed Church partners with Orange City Elementary School through a nonprofit organization called Kids Hope USA to match mentors with students considered “at-risk” in our community. One adult spends one hour with one student once a week to build a mentoring relationship.


  • Mentors —Trusted adults of ARC who commit to meeting with a student until they graduate from 5th grade.
  • Prayer Partners —Trusted adults of ARC who partner with one particular mentor/student pair and pray regularly for transformation and hope in the name of Jesus.

Where: Orange City Elementary School in Orange City, Iowa

When: Lunch hour. Mentors choose a day of the week that works best for them and remain committed to showing up that day throughout the school year.

Why: One of our key practices at ARC is to Serve. Through KHUSA, we go outside our church walls to love and serve students considered “at-risk” for social, academic, or emotional needs. We build relationships to show children that they matter—to us, to our community, and to God.

Questions? Contact Lizzy Rice, ARC's director of children's and family ministries, at