Delta Streets Academy wins 12th annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion

Five years ago, Thomas McMillin Howard, known as “T. Mac,” opened Delta Streets Academy (DSA) with a plan “to equip the young men who walk through our doors daily with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the skills needed to live a life that honors God.” And WORLD readers have honored DSA by selecting the Greenwood, Miss., school as the overall winner in the 2017 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion.

Nearly 16,000 WORLD readers voted in July and August, almost twice as many as last year, and DSA received 40 percent of the vote. The other regional winners—Navajo Ministries in New Mexico, Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Montana, Village of Hope in Zambia, and New Life Home in New Hampshire—also garnered substantial support. By earning the most votes, DSA receives a grand prize of $15,000, while the regional winners receive $2,000 each, plus lots of publicity and increased credibility that they often fruitfully use in their own areas to multiply those dollars.

“The DSA family is very thankful for the recognition and support we have received during the last two months of voting for the Hope Awards,” said Howard, who serves as DSA’s head of school and executive director. “The $15,000 is going to be super-helpful and the publicity has been amazing. We want to thank WORLD for the opportunity and the readers for choosing our organization.”

This is the first time a school has won our top award. Four of our previous winners emphasized job training. Four focused on children. The other national winners were a homeless shelter, a legal program for the poor, and a ministry that rescues women from prostitution. The 12 top winners come from 11 states: Tennessee twice, plus Arkansas, North Carolina, Iowa, Missouri, Texas, Illinois, Washington, Michigan, Alaska, and Mississippi.


Delta Streets Academy
T. Mac Howard surrounded by students at Delta Streets Academy (Chuck Cook/Genesis)


Regional winners



Village of Hope in Chisamba, Zambia

High on the smile index
A Zambia-based orphanage cares for poor and orphaned children while promoting economic sustainability
by Onize Ohikere

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Southwest Region

Navajo Ministries in Farmington, N.M.

A place for kids
A New Mexico ministry has communicated Christian values and hope to Navajo children for 64 years
by Sophia Lee

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Southeast Region

Delta Streets Academy in Greenwood, Miss.

Creating a new pattern
Delta Streets Academy fights deep poverty and despair
by Marvin Olasky

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Northwest Region

Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Kalispell, Mont.

Mentored into motherhood
A Montana pregnancy ministry walks with women and their babies from conception to birth—and beyond
by Sarah Wedel

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Northeast Region

New Life Home in Manchester, N.H.

Clean moms, happy kids
At an opioid recovery program for women in New Hampshire, children remain an integral part of their mothers’ daily lives
by Emily Belz

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Directory of Hope Awards Finalists


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