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House of Hope moving forward with renovations

Friday, September 30, 2011

A room inside the House of Hope has new windows and a new sprinkler system as renovations are being made. Residents are expected to be able to move back to the House of Hope at the end of November. [Order this photo]
The House of Hope's last monthly yard sale for the year will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-30. Furniture, clothing, appliances and crafts need to be donated.

The House of Hope, a not-for-profit Christian discipleship program, houses residents for eight months with no charge.

"Our purpose is to help people mainly who suffer from substance abuse problems and emotional difficulties and lead them to the Lord Jesus Christ," Assistant Director Brian Rosano said.

The non-denominational program houses residents free of charge.

"While they are here for the eight months, they don't have to worry about room and board or food or anything," Rosano said. "We give them a sound environment to seek healing through God."

The House of Hope is funded through private donations from churches and citizens that are sensitive to the cause.

Right now, the program needs more funds than ever.

Due to a visit from a fire marshal, the House of Hope found out it needed upgrades. The residents that were there at the time had to transfer to another location until the renovations are complete. The upgrades will cost a total of $125,000.

"We need, as of today, $60,000," Rosano said. "But we do have more fundraisers and pledges which will take care of half of that or so. We do need support to finish it, but we're in good shape."

The two main projects the House of Hope needed included upgrading their alarm system and putting in a sprinkler system. The dorms had to be moved to the exterior of the building and new windows had to be put in. There were also miscellaneous things that needed changed in the kitchen and attic.

"I'm hoping we'll be done with everything by Nov. 30, but what could stall that is the state hasn't gotten back to us yet about the kitchen and attic," Rosano explained. "If those conditions aren't favorable, it may be another month. We should definitely be open by the end of this year."

Rosano said the best way for community members to help is to support the House of Hope's fundraisers such as the giant yard sale.

"To the public who can't write out a check for $100 but want to help, the best way they can help us is to donate to our yard sale," Rosano said. "We can even come pick things up."

For more information on the yard sale or other ways to support the House of Hope, call 446-1717.

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