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House of Hope more than half way to goal

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

House of Hope Assistant Director Brian Rosano recently sat down with The Brazil Times to discuss an update on the facility. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Things are looking up for Brian Rosano and crew.

Recently, the House of Hope Assistant Director sat down with The Brazil Times to provide an update on the organization, located at 5525 W. United States 40, Brazil.

"The total money that we need will be needed by November," Rosano said. "We're a little more than halfway there.

"We're in good shape, but we could use a little push in the next few months. We know God's going to provide."

In December, the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office conducted two inspections of the facility and found it was not in compliance with state code.

According to the findings, the building was in need of major upgrades, including its fire alarm system, work on handicap accessible exits, a sprinkler system and more.

As a result, occupants at the facility were ordered to leave by Feb. 4. All occupants were transferred to other facilities in Illinois, Tennessee and Arkansas.

Since then, however, associates with House of Hope have started a fundraising drive in order to have the funding necessary for the upgrades, some of which have already started, Rosano said.

He said the organization has already begun remodeling the interior of the building. In addition, it will work with Koorsen Fire and Security, Indianapolis, regarding the fire alarm system as well as other projects. He added the system initially presented a problem for House of Hope, but said two water tanks will be set up at the facility to provide water for the sprinklers.

"They could start work in August," Rosano said. "They're going to do the sprinkler system, the alarm system and the kitchen. We got a pretty good price. We had several bids, but I was comfortable with (Koorsen)."

In addition to the fire alarm and sprinkler systems, Rosano said windows at the facility will need to be replaced in addition to doors. As well, offices for staff will be moved and dorm rooms for occupants need to be moved closer to the exterior of the building.

Still, he remains confident House of Hope will re-open sooner than later.

"We could be back running in four-six months," he said. "The way things are going now, it's not out of the question that we could be up and running at the end of the year."

Currently, nine employees live at the facility. With Rosano, the remaining associates have been planning fundraisers to help raise additional money for the upgrades.

Rosano said a pancake breakfast has been planned to take place in August at Grace Chapel. In addition, the organization is setting up a Fish Fry for September and another yard sale at the end of August.

Rosano added donations from the public have also helped.

"Our core support has stayed behind us," he said. "We appreciate all the support we have. We always need donations, especially for the yard sales. The fundraisers help pay for our current bills and will help for the purchasing of windows."

Rosano added a 5K run fundraiser in Attica in August will also take place. The event will take place in memory of a former House of Hope resident.

"It's not a question anymore of it not happening," Rosano said. "What we need isn't as complicated as we first thought."

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This ministry is in the business of rescuing lives. I know from first hand experience. My check is in the mail.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 6:31 AM

To give do I need to make a check out to House of Hope and send it to the above listed address? Thanks.

-- Posted by Jed on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 6:50 AM

Jed, you are correct.

This community is a better place because of this ministry.

-- Posted by sickhorse on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 8:45 AM

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