After another difficult year for our community, we are more grateful than ever for your continued support and the Lord’s provision for Hope House and those we serve. In many ways, we experienced great victories in 2021, including the completion of Program Living for Women, hundreds more trips to work provided by our Ready to Work Shuttle, the addition of a fatherhood class to our ministries, returning to the Warren County Regional Jail for Jobs for Life, our largest Affordable Christmas yet, and many Program Living for Men graduates, like Tyler, whose story you can read in this letter. However, this past year held many challenges, too. Regardless of difficult circumstances, we are confident of two things: the Lord is always faithful, and our community in Bowling Green is full of generous people who only become more generous with their time, talent, and treasure during hardship. We are humbled and encouraged by your support of our mission to alleviate physical and spiritual poverty through gospel restoration, and we pray the stories shared in this letter are an encouragement to you in return.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution! What if you resolved to change lives this year? As big of a resolution as that may sound, it’s as simple as skipping a few cups of coffee or one meal at a restaurant each month to become a monthly donor. Even a $20 per month donation can go a long way toward changing lives through our ministries. The consistency of your monthly donation allows us to grow and adjust to meet the needs of our neighborhood. You can partner with us as a monthly donor by starting a recurring donation at www.hopehousebg.com/donate.
Following the deadly storm in December, we began to partner with local agencies and school systems to serve those who were impacted. In partnership with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, we distributed toys from the Western Kentucky Toy Drive to those impacted in our region. Additionally, we have established a disaster relief fund, which will be used to meet housing and other long-term needs for those impacted in the months to come. Please join us in praying for those who were impacted as they begin to rebuild their lives.
Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered to make Affordable Christmas wonderful this year! Despite having to reschedule the event, this was our largest Affordable Christmas yet, with over 430 parents who shopped on December 18. Because of your generosity, over 1,150 children opened gifts from their parents on Christmas morning! One generous donor provided a Bible for every family, and we received this encouraging message from one mother who shopped for her son who was in the hospital: “I greatly appreciate it. I needed the Bible too. I brought it with me to read more while here. My anxiety and panic attacks are awful. My son has another diagnosis, so we are at a hospital in Cincinnati. Please pray for him. Thank you again for helping with the kiddos’ Christmas!” We are grateful that the Lord used Affordable Christmas to not only meet a material need for families, but also a spiritual one.
SERVE WITH US
We are in need of volunteers
to help sort donations at our Community Store. Like many organizations that are assisting with relief efforts for those impacted by the recent storms, we have received an abundance of item donations. We need your help to sort them! Individuals, families, and groups are welcome to volunteer.Please sign up here:
“Before Hope House, my life was miserable. My mom was 12 when I was born. She was young and made mistakes... I dropped out of school and started using and selling drugs at 16... God used Hope House to save me from a life of misery, and hopefully I can be a light for people in the same shoes I was in."
We’re excited to introduce the new members of our Program Living for Women staff! Hannah Vanderpool is the program director, with a background in education and international and women’s ministry. Jamie DeYoung is the program coordinator, and she brings experience from her background in education and project management. Angela Dice is the resident coordinator, and she has been an employee at Hope House for many years. Her diverse employment and personal experience will serve soon-to-be residents well. We are so grateful that God called each of them to join Program Living for Women, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this program and its residents!
JOIN OUR TEAM
As we recently shared, Jon Calloway is resigning as Program Living for Men Director. He has served Hope House and the residents of Program Living faithfully for seven years, and his leadership will be greatly missed. However, we are grateful that he will assist us in the selection and training of the next director.
The application for Program Living for Men Director is open, as well as a part-time fundraising coordinator position. If you are interested in joining our team, apply online HERE.
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