Hope House needs help to continue homeless ministry

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Hope House of the Good Shepherd Inc., a shelter and recovery center in Galax, serves the critical needs of the homeless and hurting.
Hope House offers five-day emergency housing, as well as a longer term transitional housing program for residents who participate in the Life Plan Recovery Program. This ministry addresses all aspects of recovery and loss in a holistic approach dealing with the mind, body, spirit and soul.
Hope House assists each resident in their search for jobs, more permanent housing, education, clothing, mental and medical treatment, food and furniture, as well as addressing spiritual needs or concerns.
Hope House is the only known residential shelter and recovery center in Southwest Virginia, serving men and women (often with children) who have suffered loss of housing, jobs or family. They are often struggling with general health, mental health and substance abuse issues.
Hope House is generally at or near capacity, being able to house up to 15 residents.
The need for the services Hope House provides is profound, according to a press release from the agency. In 2011, Hope House had 69 residents and provided assistance to over 440 other family units.
The operating budget of Hope House has been cut deeply just to keep the doors open. One part-time staff is voluntarily taking half pay.
Hope House has a 2012 operating budget of $51,900, includes the cost of two part-time staff, all utilities, vehicle expenses, food and household supplies.
There are many ways that community groups or churches can help Hope House, according to the press release. “If 440 people, businesses, churches or groups would give $10 a month, which is less than 35 cents a day, Hope House can more than meet the budget and help more people get back on their feet.”
The mission statement of Hope House is “to provide a Christ-based recovery program for the homeless and hurting that will help them to be healthy, happy, productive and self-sufficient.”
In May, Executive Director Deborah Payne will be moving to Tennessee, and Hope House will be introducing the new director to the public.
“Hope House staff and board covet your prayers and financial support for the crucial ministry Hope House provides to the community for those in need,” the press release says. “Hope House would like to thank all of the individuals, churches and groups that have showed continuous support to our ministry over the past 20 years.”

To help, contact Hope House by calling 236-7573, e-mail galaxhostel@embarqmail.com, send donations to: Hope House of the Good Shepherd Inc., P.O. Box 1331, Galax, VA 24333, or bring donations to 408 West Center St. Hope House also has a Facebook page and a website, www.galaxhopehouses.com. Donations can be made through the website.