[The Brazil Times nameplate] Mostly Cloudy ~ 73°F  
High: 74°F ~ Low: 46°F
Sunday, May 1, 2016

House of Hope reopens

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The House of Hope reopens its doors after major renovations. The not-for-profit Christian discipleship program houses residents who suffer from substance abuse problems and emotional difficulties for eight months, free of charge. [Order this photo]
The House of Hope is finally back in business.

The program was cleared by the state to open its doors Monday, Dec. 12.

Originally, the House of Hope found out it needed upgrades due to a visit from officials with the state fire marshal's office. The residents who were there at the time had to transfer to another location until the renovations were complete.

"The old residents have all since graduated," Assistant Director Brian Rosano said. "Two of the residents that transferred will be coming back as staff in training."

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.

"The original cost was $130,000," Rosano said. "Even though we're clear to reopen, we still have about $20,000 to payoff to different companies that did the work. We still have a big need to get our expenses paid."

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

Senior Counselor Scott Summers and Overseer Richard Pendley of the House of Hope work to prepare the facility for transition as it has been cleared by the state to reopen. [Order this photo]
Through fundraisers such as a large yard sale and an appreciation banquet dinner, the House of Hope has been able to bring in more than $4,000 in just the past two months.

The House of Hope, a not-for-profit Christian discipleship program, houses residents who suffer from substance abuse problems and emotional difficulties for eight months, free of charge.

"We'll be taking on new residents and transitioning back to our regular program," Rosano said. "It's going to be a slow process for about a month until we build up a number of residents. After New Year's, we'll be getting some residents from sister programs transferring to our facility, which will help."

The non-denominational program doesn't want the residents to worry about housing or food.

Their goal is to lead them to God and help them overcome the issues they struggle with.

"We've been closed for about 10 months," Rosano said. "We're ready to get started again. We really give credit to everyone who supported us and to the Lord because we really had our doubts about this project, but around every turn God provided and the community was there to support us."

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Praise the Lord!!

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 7:18 PM

Awesome. God-one, Satan-zero. Now lets get back to the business of rescuing souls and lives.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 8:41 PM


-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 2:14 PM

Thank the LORD!

-- Posted by Tala on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 11:40 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: