Who is ChariotsHope?
Transportation is essential to nearly every component of daily life. We need it to visit friends and family, go to our jobs, child care centers, grocery stores, and other services that make everyday life possible. Chariots4Hope is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization that supports low-income families and individuals to maintain self-sufficiency through reliable transportation and ride programs.
Learn more about our mission, vision, core values and meet the team devoted to demonstrating God’s love through reliable transportation.
From the beginning…
Jason and Michelle Hurt, the founders of Chariots4Hope, owned and operated a small automotive repair business in Omaha, Nebraska. A few years after opening their small business, their hearts started exploding for single mothers without transportation. It was during this season of small business ownership that Chariots4Hope was birthed.
God immediately brought several outstanding board members to the Chariots team. Around the summer of 2014, Chariots4Hope became an official 501(c) 3 organization. Chariots4Hope is a referral-based program that helps individuals who have gone through restoration programs, like the Open Door Mission or Rejuvenating Women, find transportation to help them remain employed and self-sufficient in our community. After experiencing a lot of growth during their first year in operation, Jason and Michelle decided to leave their small business in November 2015 to pursue this ministry full time.
The first Chariots4Hope blessing occurred back in October of 2014. One of their best memories from this donation was a pure joy noticed in the mother’s son, Josiah. It was immediately after this 1st blessing that they knew God had big plans for this ministry. Our entire Chariots team couldn’t wait until we had the opportunity to Bless another single mom in need.
During their 1st full year in operation, Chariots4Hope impacted over 15 individuals in need of reliable transportation and more than doubled that number in 2016. The exciting news is the organization continues to grow rapidly with a goal to bless over 80 families and individuals with a reliable vehicle in 2020.
Without our fantastic vehicle donors, this ministry can’t exist, who typically come to us by word of mouth. These supporters love seeing their vehicles restored and plugged back into our community to help families in need. They also appreciate the full tax advantages associated with a program that restores cars for needy individuals. A win-win situation for everyone involved!
“The Blessing Ceremony” is one of the main reasons the Chariots4Hope team loves doing what they do. It’s quite an overwhelming experience the day the recipients receive their vehicle. We would love for you to join us at one of their Blessings but be careful; it’s addicting! It’s a true gift to be able to witness the hope, joy, and gratitude that illuminates from these restored individuals.
The Chariots4Hope team is humbled and honored to be part of a ministry that’s making a difference in Omaha. Many people in our community are in need and well-deserving of this type of gift. The team is well-positioned to handle the enormous vision that has been laid on Jason and Michelle’s hearts. It will be exciting to see God move in the years to come. To God Be The Glory!
Our mission, vision, and values
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Demonstrate God’s love through reliable transportation, foster economic stability, cultivate abundant life, and create hope.
Freedom, Community, Christ
Our faith rests solely in Jesus Christ who died for our sins in order that we may have eternal life.
We believe in the power and strength that family brings to every community.
Healthy community does not exist without access to reliable transportation.
Accomplishing our mission is only possible by working together through our community partnerships.
We will account for our activities, accept responsibility for them, and disclose the results in a transparent manner.
Meet our staff
Meet our board of directors
Meet our founders
Jason and Michelle met at a wedding in 1997 and were engaged within 3 months. During 18 years of wonderful marriage, the Hurts have lived in 5 states, 7 houses, and have grown to appreciate this beautiful country and all the amazing relationships they have developed along the way.
They have many hobbies but their favorite by far is their kids, Riley and Gavin. Weekends, weekdays, spring and summer, you will find Jason and Michelle on the ballfields with a bag full of sunflower seeds, watching Riley and Gavin play softball and baseball. Riley is on a select softball team and Gavin loves about any sport that involves a ball! They both excel at school, enjoy playing with friends, visiting family and love to travel.
After living on Long Island, NY for several years, they were being called to Omaha to start a small business that allowed Jason & Michelle to work together while sharing their faith in the Marketplace. Originally from the St. Louis area, they were very excited to get back to the MidWest.
After leaving the fast paced corporate life in the Big Apple, it was a blessing to have several months of downtime while they waited for their business to be built. Their doors officially opened to the public in November 2013 and they quickly realized God was using this business to prepare them for full time ministry. During this season of small business ownership, they founded a faith-based ministry called Chariots4Hope; which helps provide transportation for low income families in the Omaha community.
God immediately brought several amazing board members to the Chariots team and around the summer of 2014, Chariots4Hope became an official 501(c) 3 organization. Chariots4Hope is a referral based program that helps individuals that have gone through restoration programs (like at the Open Door Mission or Rejuvenating Women) find transportation that will help them remain employed and self-sufficient in our community. After experiencing a lot of growth during their first year in operation, Jason and Michelle decided to leave their small business in November 2015 to pursue this ministry full time.