House of Hope Ministries 2013 Newsletter
2013 has come and gone very fast it seems, we once again have
provided space in our program for 90 resident members. We have seen
positive life changing decisions made by most who have stayed in our
program. Staying at HOHM homes gave time, opportunity and support for
them to work on their recovery program. Restarting their lives in a
positive direction with the support and encouragement needed to
believe in their selves and their goals.
Our Veteran population has grown steadily to 39% of our program
total. We would refer to them as our DDD's, Discipline, Duty,
Devotion, they have shown the ability to do all three very well. They
have learned to stand up for the cause, and apply the three D's for
sure. We are hoping more people in our community will see this as an
opportunity to employ them and use their leadership as a positive move
in our community.
Through our Life Skills, Boundaries, and Whole Foods & Healthy
Alternatives classes we have seen positive changes in the 90 HOHM
members. These changes have impacted our homes and our community at
Many of our members have attended our Bible studies and gained
a better understanding of our Holy Bible. Coming into the
understanding of God's grace for forgiveness and His plan for
salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior. We know God's plan for
HOHM members and are delighted when they come into the realization of
His plan for their lives. Faith is not a requirement of being a
member of our program, no one is required to attend the Bible studies,
but many do and receive life changing benefits from what they have
HOHM received two grants in 2013 to expand our R-COG community garden
in Redmond. COIC and Ridgeview High School honored our work in the
community with the two wonderful grants.
These grants allowed us to
add eight new garden plots, purchase new garden soil and straw bales
for our new Straw Bale Gardening project. A great success growing in
straw bales was quick, cheap and grows very fast and it seems to grow
larger as well. Lots of interest in the straw bale gardening. We
were able to purchase two small green houses, allowing us to start
seedlings early for 2014 planting season.
Our Veterans grew a very large garden at their home in Bend and
utilized garden space provided by Desert Streams Church.
planter boxes on the decks for those who couldn't walk to the lower
garden areas. Applying our teachings to eat more whole foods on a
daily bases and showing to the public you can grow vegetables in
As 2013 comes to an end we want to give a special "Thanks" for
all who have supported us through the years. We still have our $10.00
a month pledge open for anyone to assist us in our ongoing community
outreach program. Every amount counts toward the hope for recovery.
2014, goals are to open a "Nutria Stop" at the Lavender building in
Redmond, known as "The Hope Center" we will be serving healthy foods
for those in need at no charge. Donations from others to support the
cause for healthy foods and meals, will be appreciated. Our menu will
be simple and wholesome given with loving care for our community,
Please feel free to post your prayer request and community
announcement on our bulletin board.
We are extending our "Stroke Survivors Social" to include, anyone who
is a survivor or is needing to make a connection in the community. A
place to be yourself, having fun in the process with very enjoyable
people who have learned the value of being able to Do and Move. We
meet every second and fourth Wednesday at the "Hope Center" 1:00 to
3:30, located at 724 SW 14th St. Redmond, Oregon.
To know about our 2014 projects watch our website, or stop by the
Lavender Thrift & Gift store at the " Hope Center" open Tuesdays
through Saturday, Noon to 4:00 pm. We carry only top brands and
specialty items to make shopping more enjoyable. All sales go to
support the HOHM a local non-profit.
Our our HOHM members and volunteers have joined together in wishing
you all a Very Happy New Year.
Darlene Woods, Director
The Lavender Thrift & Gift is now also known as "The Hope Center". Visit our "What's Happening" to find out the current meeting schedule.
Read our Stories of the Homeless and their success with help from House of Hope.
Since opening on January 1, 2003, House of Hope Ministries has provided shelter for over 1,000 individuals. Our faith is shared by our acceptance and love for each individual we have cared for through the years.