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.
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."