A Journey of Hope: Joy’s Story

IMG_1483 Joy’s journey started out to be very difficult. “I had no security, bouncing around between family and friends. I was in and out of jobs because I didn’t have stable transportation. It was very stressful. I was afraid I would never find a place to live because of my eviction background and because I didn’t have a stable job, which made life that much harder.”
Joy is a single mom. She had her first child in high school, then a second. She worked hard to be a good mom, finish school, and make a life for herself and her children. She struggled to find a good relationship, wanting to be loved and successful. But the deck seemed to be stacked against her.

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Our partners are grateful for Community of Hope

Many of our partners are grateful for Community of Hope. They see the wonderful impact we have on the families we serve and the community we live in. Here are some recent comments: “As the school counselor in an elementary school in St Johns, I have the pleasure of working with the youth in our community on a daily basis. I see their eagerness to learn, their enthusiasm in sharing their day with classmates and teachers, and their desire to strive to accomplish their goals. Its heartwarming and inspiring, and a testament to ensuring we strive to provide all of the support they need to achieve these goals in school. Unfortunately, I also see many children who do not have their basic needs met, and the impact this has on their ability to accomplish their tasks in school is greatly compromised. They may not know where their next meal is coming from, who will be picking them up from school each day, or where they will sleep that night. Its stressful and difficult for them to manage these realities, and often their behavior escalates and becomes a barrier to accessing opportunities available to them, and their academic progress also suffers as time goes on. We do all we can as a school to ensure they know they have staff and support available to them, but we rely on community...

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Renovations Progress

IMG_1483 From the time that Red Sea offered to lease Hope House to us, we have been planning to remodel the space to increase our capacity and to make it more livable for the residents. It has been a long slow process! Here are some of the highlights. Click on links to see previous blogs with more pictures and stories. Check out our Facebook pictures too!

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Sacrificial Giving: Why do it?

IMG_1483How much is enough? This is a question we all must face. My husband and I look at it in two ways. How much is enough for our family’s needs? And how much is enough for us to give?

We have valid concerns about our own needs and wants. We want to take responsibility to plan for our retirement. And, we deserve a reward for our labors, don’t we?

On the other hand, we look at how rich we are!

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Rebekah’s Story

IMG_1483Rebekah and three-year-old Miggy arrived eager to be part of this neighborhood. Because she has a history of ADHD that she works hard to manage, she took some time to get settled and adjusted to life here. She began to get to know the other residents and the neighbors, looked for ways she could serve others, and shared her love of art. When she was ready, she began looking for a job and for childcare for Miggy. She found the Rent Well classes very helpful as she prepared to get her own place. The Genesis Process classes helped her face some personal issues. She worked hard to overcome …

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