When Living Hope Women's Centers started in 1998 we never dreamed God would bless and expand our ministry so dramatically. The clinic was in operation for over two years before the original Hope House existed. The fact that it was needed was indisputable. Many times young women would come to the clinic in a crisis pregnancy with nowhere to live. We felt helpless as we told them we couldn't help them. One young woman, Hope, was so desperate that we asked people in a church if they could take her in. An elderly woman, Greta Warner, offered to share her home. Hope lived with Greta for nearly a year. At that time Greta told me that she envisioned her home as a place of refuge for many young women in crisis pregnancies. In the meantime, the clinic needed to move to a larger building. God brought us to our current location which had a full home in the basement. With countless hours of labor by Christians in the community a home was prepared for three residents. While it was not perfect, it was home for dozens of young women. We all wanted a separate (above ground) home for our girls but it simply wasn't financially feasible...to us that is. God, had other plans. He brought Greta back into the picture when she offered us her original home that Hope lived in and the acre of property surrounding it for a fraction of the market value. All obstacles, from the lender to the move itself, were taken care of by our loving Father! And so, four years after Greta made that statement, it became a reality! The wonderful thing was that the home had a converted garage that had great potential for a studio for the House Mother. She could be close by but still have her own privacy.
As you can see in the Before Photo above, we had a lot of work to do once we moved in. In a few months Hope House was transformed into a place of light and air and yes, hope. (After Photo above) This transformation happened because so many generous people and businesses in the community contributed their time, talents and materials. (See the list at the bottom of the page.) From teens who painted and cleaned to professionals who plumbed and framed, this was a labor of love! God's provision was timely – we moved a resident in immediately after signing the loan papers. During the entire renovation Hope House stayed occupied. (See story below)
Construction was finished on a new addition in November of '04. We now can take in three young women. The residents of Hope House find much more than housing. They also find love, acceptance and education. Residents are required to participate in the many classes offered at the clinic - pre-natal, parenting, life skills and counseling. They attend a local Christian church and weekly Bible Study. Daily devotions are also a part of Hope House. The residents work on their education or job skills and have a plan for their future when they leave. Each resident's length of stay is determined by her particular situation.