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Ministry plans Summer Fest

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Brian Rosano was recently promoted to Assistant Executive Director of the House of Hope. The ministry is having a Summer Fest at the end of June including live music, a bike cruise-in and food. [Order this photo]
Community members can enjoy music, motorcycles and food while supporting a local ministry at the end of June.

The House of Hope will have a Summer Fest Saturday, June 30, from 4-7 p.m. The event will feature live music from Soul Patrol and the Hearts-A-Fire Choir. A bike cruise-in will take place including Unchained Gang, CMA and motorcycle ministries. All bikers are welcome.

The Summer Fest will also include a cookout and bake sale. A $5 donation will cover each platter served, and all donations will go toward the support of the ministry.

The event will be at the House of Hope, located at 5525 W. U.S. 40, west of Brazil.

The fundraiser's purpose is to raise money to pay off the $6,000 still needed from the renovations that took place last year.

In December when the ministry reopened, the House of Hope needed to raise $20,000 to pay off the renovation expenses. Due to fundraisers and private donations -- the only income for the ministry -- the House of Hope was able to raise $14,000 of the amount needed.

"We had a pretty successful pancake breakfast in February and then a yard sale in May," Assistant Executive Director Brian Rosano said. "We usually just have the yard sale in the summer, but we're throwing in more fundraisers to try and help with the $6,000 needed."

The House of Hope plans to have another yard sale at the end of July. It is currently taking donations for the yard sale.

"The best way to help, if you can't support us financially is to donate materials for the yard sale," Rosano said.

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.

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.

Currently, the House of Hope houses 37 men and women.

"Our capacity is 45, so we're pretty close to capacity," Rosano said. "It's like we never closed. The first couple months we had to reorganize ourselves in the program to get it to where we had it before, but now it's like we were never closed."

In other House of Hope news, Rosano was recently promoted to Assistant Executive Director.

"The executive director is in charge of all 15 locations across the country," Rosano said. "The assistant (Rosano) is in charge of the Indiana branch."

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