Hope House first began as a way to care for the people of downtown area of Bowling Green, and those who started the effort wanted to go about their efforts in a drastically different way.
“Our heartbeat was and is the desire to be a development center where people could gain the tools and resources needed to get out of poverty, rather than stay stuck in it,” Hope House Executive Director Bryan Lewis says. “What we have learned over time is that we must look deeper into the neighborhood and recognize that every person has gifts, talents and assets that God will use to help change the downtown neighborhood.”
Hope House began in 2009 with the community development center in the heart of Bowling Green to serve those experiencing homelessness, drug addiction, chronic and generational poverty and any number of other trials. The organization works to implement a number of programs to help break the systemic cycle of poverty and lack of education. Hope House programs include:
Hope House is funded by local churches, businesses, individuals and private grant writing. The group also hosts large fundraisers each year including Cooking for Hope, a dinner fundraiser held this past April, Swing for Hope, a golf scramble set for September 17 at Indian Hills Country Club and Hit for Hope, a Wiffle Ball tournament and home run derby set for later this year. The organization also continuously collects items for their community store and food pantry.
Bryan Lewis has been involved with Hope House since its beginning and has been Executive Director since 2009. He loves the work he does with the staff and volunteers, as well as people involved in the programs at Hope House.
“I love that I get to partner with people rather than do for them,” Lewis says. “It is so rewarding to be a part of an organization that strives to not be an enabler or increase someone’s poverty by doing something for them that they can do themselves.”
Lewis says that the partnership with local churches, business leaders and individuals is essential to the success of Hope House and their help brings about real, tangible change in people’s lives.
“I love getting to hear the stories of life change from our graduates of Jobs for Life, Faith and Finances and Program Living,” Lewis says. “Our staff and volunteers get to be a part of stories of redemption each day and see families being restored through Jesus healing those relationships through his death, burial and resurrection.”
Hope House is looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering with the organization. Lewis says the only requirements for volunteering with Hope House is a willingness to learn and walk through poverty with those going through all the programs.
To find out more about Hope House, go to hopehousebg.com. If you would like to set up a tour, volunteer or schedule a date for Bryan Lewis to speak to your group or organization about Hope House, email Casey Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article was originally published by VIP Magazine.
As an organization, Hope House is designed for a special purpose in serving our city. So when the Lord clearly reveals a great and unserved need in our midst, how can we respond with anything other than obedience? We want to share with you an endeavor God has placed on us that we must obediently pursue.
For the last three years, we have recognized a growing pattern of men displaced and in need of a residential Christian based environment to overcome the struggles of substance abuse. Our board and staff have been diligently researching ways we can partner with men who need specialized care to find freedom from their addiction. After much prayer and counsel in 2014, we began to develop a model for a 12 month Christian based Program Living Facility for Men.
To facilitate this next phase of ministry, we are pursuing the purchase of a residence near Hope House. This first phase will allow us to house 5-10 men over a 12 month period. This program will be professionally staffed to provide a Christian centered environment allowing men to encounter the healing and restoring power of Jesus in all areas of their life.
Taking on a challenge of this size would not be possible without the Lord’s provision, and He is already providing. One of our caring supporters has agreed to match up to $100,000 of every gift we receive through the end of April to help fund this new effort, so we need your help! Your gift will help us touch those who are in desperate need of the transforming power of the gospel. You can be a part of this historic matching gift by donating here or by mail: 112 W. 10 Avenue, 42101. Please reference Program Living in the Memo.
Over the next six weeks I will be posting a series of blogs about what has lead us to this point and what will this look like for Hope House and our city.
If you would like to review our Program Living Business Plan or talk further on how you can be involved, please email me at email@example.com. Please search your heart for how the Lord would involve you in this new endeavor with us.
Bryan Lewis | Executive Director
With the looming weather upon us, we want to give everyone a quick update on our weather policy below.
When county and/or city schools are closed, we are closed. Our staff is onsite, but we ask our volunteers to stay home and not risk traveling.
Right now, there is a looming snowmageddon that looks to break records this century. So tomorrow, our staff and volunteers are taking precaution as well, and no one will be onsite.
We will be checking on many of our friends. Please do the same in your communities as this unsettling system sets in.
If you have or see an emergency, please contact your local law enforcement.
If you know of an emergency that does not call for local law enforcement, pleas email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, as our staff will be working from our homes. If we can give any assistance or counsel on a situation, we are here to help.
Please be safe, Bowling Green.
The Bowling Green Community, Hope House and most importantly the Wilson family experienced a great loss this past weekend. It has been a very difficult week for us, the Wilson family, and the countless others he has touched as we mourn his passing.
Scott had been a volunteer with us for over five years and never stopped advocating for us. Scott always wanted to see how he could use the gifts and talents God had given him to help others and make Jesus more famous in the lives he encountered. Though he had many roles with us as a volunteer, one of the ways he did this was by creating, organizing and planning our Annual Dinner Fundraiser called “Cooking for Hope”.
Five years later we are preparing for our Fifth Annual Cooking for Hope. Over the last four years this event has raised over $50,000, influenced countless relationships that have helped us grow, and, most importantly, impacted many broken and hurting lives eternally with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are still reaping the blessings from Scott’s obedience, to God be the Glory.
Scott was a man who wanted to give of his life, not for his sake, but because of Christ’s work in his life. By God’s grace, Scott understood why he had been given specific gifts by God. Simply put, Scott knew he was created by God to bring Him glory and use those gifts to help accomplish God’s work in the world. His efforts to use his gifts and talents for God’s glory through Hope House will be bearing fruit for years to come.
We mourn the loss of a great friend, husband, and father. May we find strength, in that, he walked confidently on this Earth knowing he was not his own, he had been bought with a price and he would one day stand in Glory joining in the choir of angels worshiping the Savior he dearly loved more than this world!
May you join us in prayer as we lift up his wife, Jennifer, his daughter Katie, Scott’s mother, Jean and the rest of the family as they mourn the passing of a great husband, father, son and friend.