Another big "thank-you"! goes out to these other groups who helped us in amazing ways:
- Youth With a Mission School of Counseling, for the Kona team of 10 international students who came for 3 months
- YouthWorks national teams that came and helped us
- Rebuilding Together team that did needed repairs
- Rotary Club of Lewiston, that honored us with an award and gift
- Dollar Tree in Auburn that collected a huge amount of back-to-school supplies, and hygiene items
- Big Lots in Auburn that collected items, and sponsored a raffle for us
- Prince of Peace Parish that is providing oil for our Woman's Health Cottage
- Aid For Kids that provided lots of beautiful new children's coats
- Fayette Baptist Church for a donation of oil to get us through the cold days in our large center building
- Heutz Oil for a donation of oil
- Fielding Oil for a donation of oil
- Dollar Tree in Lewiston collected toys
- Helping with childcare at Lewiston center
- Helping operate the Lewiston center's thrift store
- Teaching a class to parents at the Lewiston center
- Mentoring a local parent who is struggling
- Giving rides to/from Lewiston center, or on center field trips
- Helping with a special event (ie. Baby Olympics, center dinners, area field trips, seasonal celebrations)
- Grounds maintenance (ie. lawn mowing, snow shoveling)
- Opening your house as a Host Home for a short season
- Ultrasound technician for Health Clinic
- Monthly support for Hope House, Inc.
- One time gift for Hope House, Inc.
- Designated gifts for special funds (ie., Heating Fund for Hope House buildings, Food Pantry Fund.)
Be a Host Home
"I was a stranger and you took me in"
"The stranger who dwells with you shall be as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself."
What Do Host Homes Provide?
Host Homes provide warm family-style residential care on a short term basis, enabling a parent and child to successfully come through a time of crisis. Host Homes are part of a network of ordinary families who open their homes to Hope House clients in need.
How, and Why, Become a Host Home?
"Bring the poor that are cast out to thy house" Isaiah 58:7. Interested households may contact Hope House and apply. Hope House provides initial training for hosts, ongoing guidance, support in teamwork with area resources, and oversight of placements. A caring stable home is a powerful tool God uses to rebuild broken lives. A Host Home family discovers the rewards of getting to see their love change lives. "The Lord your God, executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the stranger by giving him food and clothing. So show your love for the stranger." Deuteronomy 10:17-19
Host Homes Meet Needs!
Â Poverty had discouraged a young single mom with a toddler son. A middle-aged single woman shared her home with them, teaching the young mom various life skills, modeling single womanhood, and becoming a surrogate grandma during the months they were together and beyond.
Abortion was what a young pregnant single was considering, but wanted a no-pressure setting in which to think over her options. A lively family of five provided her first look at a healthy family, as they opened their home to her. She chose life for her daughter, expressing gratefulness years later for how their home had shown her God's love.
Abused by her husband and abandoned in a culture foreign to her, a fearful mother and her baby girl were befriended by some single women who opened their home. As they helped them through immigration difficulties, the woman began to learn to trust again, and to heal from the abuse and fear she had known.
Incarceration of a woman's husband was preventing his help, and their second child's birth was approaching. With no family nearby, there was no one to care for her young son while she was in the hospital. At church she met the large family that would care for him for a week. The shy little boy blossomed from all the attention, and his mother knew God had heard her prayers.
Mild retardation was preventing a pregnant woman from being given a chance to birth and parent her child. Abortion was what some were encouraging. A couple who had finished raising their own children opened their home to help this woman. After considering adoption, her dream was still to parent her daughter. So they taught her newborn care and helped them get off to a good start.
Feeling alone in choosing adoption, a pregnant highschooler found support in the home of a caring family where the wife helped her with childbirth classes and labor, and the whole family helped her throughout the adoption process. Then they cheered her on when she left to pursue college goals.
Local and national Knights of Columbus successfully completed fundraising to provide the $19,300.00 for a new ultrasound machine for Hope House's Free Woman's Health Clinic on College St. in Lewiston. Seen here at the August 19, 2013 presentation of the generous donation are: (L to R) Frank and Jean Pease, Pro-Life Co-Chairs Maine Knights of Columbus, Michael Czerkes,MD,OB/GYN, Bruce and Jan Willson Directors of Hope House, and their granddaughter, Jubilee Willson, Phil Lizotte, State Deputy of Knights of Columbus, Ray Sargent, State Master of Knights of Columbus.
(photo by Bora Willson)
A BIG THANK YOU TO THE KNIGHTS OF COLOMBUS
In Lewiston, almost half the children -- 41% -- live in poverty, and 36% of Lewiston residents use food stamps to get access to food. Food stamps, on average, provide food for only 17 days out of 30 each month.
Hope House helps families get food to survive those difficult 13 days each month. Our food distribution program, run out of our Family Support Center at 91 College St. in Lewiston, involves area families in being a part of their own solutions. Clients themselves operate the program.
In keeping with our desire to help the neighborhood help themselves, we are helping local families plant a shared Hope House Garden this spring. These are some of the things we are needing:
- 1-2 days use of a rototiller
- Shovels and rakes (up to 10 each)
- tomatoes - onions - peppers
- Up to 50 seed packets for assorted vegetables
If you or your agency can donate any of the above supplies, local parents and their children would be very grateful! Hope House is a non-profit corporation, and can provide you with a receipt for tax purposes.
Thank you for considering our request. Have a great spring!