Editor:

In a previous Values for Living article, I discussed the need for a homeless shelter for men and families.

You read the previous article, thought about the important need in our community and county and you stepped up and said “Yes, I want to help.”

You stepped up from across Circleville and Pickaway County from churches, agencies, businesses and individuals to come together to find a way to address homelessness and Hope House became a reality.

Many thanks to all who stepped forward and especially to Pastor Curt Combs and the gracious people of the Circle Light Church for partnering and allowing the use of their shelter area at their church so Hope House would have a home.

The assistance of other individuals, churches, businesses and agencies, all stepping forward to assist in opening a shelter to meet the need for those who were homeless was very welcomed. For all understood the great demand and work required to carry this mission out. But our work is not done.

Allow me to share with you some information about Hope House of Pickaway County. Hope House is governed by a board of directors and an advisory council. It is a 501 (C-3) charity. There are four part-time employees, three shelter monitors and a shelter coordinator. In May 2019, Hope House served on averaged 30 guests a week equaling 146 stays (includes two families) and 36 PICCA transport bus tickets were given to clients to assist them in transport to and from the Hope House Shelter.

My friends, this is only the beginning! As chairman of the board of trustees for Hope House, it is my dream that one day it will be able to expand services to other needs such as: the ability to provide our guests a place to stay to get them out of the heat and the cold during the day; to provide life skills at the shelter; and to provide guests with dignity, honor and a positive self-image.

Hope House of Pickaway County starts with HOPE and HOPE provides a warm bed, stability, a second chance, a healthy meal an encouraging word.

If you would like more information about Hope House of Pickaway County, go online to Hope House’s Facebook page by searching @hopehouse or email Hope House with your questions or comments at hopehousepickawaycounty@gmail.com.

Rodney Griffith is with the Community United Methodist Church and Pickaway Co. Ministerial Association and a regular contributor to the Herald.

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