Bruce and Jan Willson of Mechanic Falls, Maine saw the need to provide care to mothers in Maine. For 8 years they ran Maine's only family foster home specifically licensed for pregnant and parenting teens and young adults. They called their dream "Hope House".
The dream grew...
6 other Hope Houses opened around Maine. In 1994 an outreach center drawing 600 clients a year was opened in Lewiston, in buildings loaned by Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
In 1998 St. Mary's Regional Medical Center bought those buildings and donated them to Hope House, so that services to Lewiston could continue.
Also in 1998 an apartment building (1/2 mile from the center on College Street) was donated by the St. Laurent brothers. This enabled Lizzy's Lodge, a residential program for single mothers, to operate for 6 years in Lewiston. Area businesses, churches and individuals provide the financial and volunteer support that enables Hope House to offer it's various care services to families.
Thanks to a community of support!
In 2006, as Hope House celebrated 20 years of fruitfulness, the vision to spread hope wider grew. Hope for the Nations, the mission branch of Hope House, sends teams and shares resources to encourage families globally.