The SPARK: Restoring Hope

This month on The SPARK our theme is “Restoring Hope.” We’ll learn more about a center dedicated to connecting individuals with resources they need to begin their journey out of homelessness; a nonprofit working to eradicate human trafficking by empowering survivors, equipping communities, and seeking justice through systemic change; and a company providing cloud services, data centers and network access for local organizations that’s also giving back. We’ll also share a special moment from our SPARK Awards 2017.


  • Kelcey Johnson, Director of Operations, Hospitality Hub of Memphis 
  • Jarad Bingham, Board Member of Hospitality Hub and Pastor at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church
  • Rachel Sumner Haaga, Executive Director, Restore Corps 
  • Jim Kothe, Regional Vice President, Expedient 


Hope is a powerful word and motivator. It’s defined as an optimistic state of mind that’s based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. Hope is what inspires us and drives us to succeed, to dream big, and do great things; but sometimes when bad things happen, hope can be lost. That’s why it’s so important that we have organizations in our community, like Hospitality Hub of Memphis and Restore Corps that can step in during the darkest of times, to provide support and resources that focus on restoring stability and normalcy, and…restoring hope. Likewise, it’s important for companies to play an active role in not only providing peace of mind to their clients, like Expedient does with its state-of-the-art data centers, cloud services and network access that keeps data safe and secure, but also to support the efforts of nonprofits and programs that will restore hope in the community. When we power the good, we can also help inspire, lift and restore hope to those in our community who need it most. 


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