Hope for the Journey Home

5 Year Anniversary

Five Years!!!

September 1, 2017 will mark 5 years of Hope for the Journey Home offering emergency shelter to families in need.  In many ways, the time seems to have flown by; in others, it seems as if we have been doing this forever.  Regardless, NONE of this would be possible without the ongoing support of our entire community - churches, individuals, organizations, and God.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  On behalf of everyone who has stayed with us, Thank You.



Sept 1, 2012 - Aug 31, 2017
Families: 196
Adults: 245
Children: 416
Avg Length of Stay: 44.5 days
Longest Stay: 160 days
Meals Served: 40,729
Snacks Served: 7,621
Overnight Beds Provided: 31,161

Please click HERE to view our needs for Sept 24 - 30 (Afternoons: Wed [2] & Thurs [2], Dinners: Sun [1], Mon [1], Tues [1], Fri [1] & Sat [2], Overnight: Wed [1 male] & Sat [2])

Please click HERE to view our needs for Thanksgiving week, Nov 19 - 25 (ALL shifts available)



We are currently in need of Dryer Sheets, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Disinfectant Wipes, & Dishwasher Soap (gel-paks)

Take a Moment to Think About It

If you were facing significant financial hardship, wouldn't you do everything you could to keep a roof over your (and your children's) heads? Would you run up all of your credit cards in a desperate attempt to stay off of the streets? Would you sell all of the non-essentials in an effort stay in your home? Would you skip meals?

Now imagine the stress all of this places on you and your family. Would your health deteriorate? Would you begin missing days at work in order to handle legal problems arising from financial crisis? Would you become depressed and anxious? Would it affect family relationships?

What would this do to your self-esteem? Your sense of worth?
Imagine, now, the difficulty, after all of this, of re-establishing "yourself." Your credit may be shot, your health is possibly poor, your relationships are strained or broken.

While not everyone responds to crisis in the same way, it is important that we really stop and "Think About It." Put yourself in the shoes of those served at Hope for the Journey Home. Close your eyes and imagine yourself facing this sort of situation. How would you respond? Who could you turn to for help?

These are our friends and neighbors. They are children who attend school with our children. They are real people, with real names and faces. They are NOT strangers.


A short video on who we are and what we do at the shelter is available HERE.

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