Hope House Newsletter May 2024

Greetings supporters! Here is the latest from the house.

Life at the house continues to be calm and positive, with currently 11 (out of a possible 12) guys resident with us.  There are many encouraging stories and we’ve picked a couple to share with you. One resident moved out last week to attend Mattersey Bible College to study Theology and gain a Health and Social Care qualification – on completion he plans to return to the supported accommodation sector to work as a Support Worker somewhere similar to Hope House. Another resident has been doing so well on his voluntary work placement that he has been asked to apply for a full-time post within the organisation.  This is a huge encouragement and he’s excited for the future.

The staff team continue to do a great job, Roxanne has been promoted to the position of Assistant Manager, and new staff member Lee has recently joined us. The team have worked hard to organise outdoor pursuits activities for the men, in liaison with Edge Ministries, including potholing, abseiling and there are plans for a walking holiday later in the year.

Two weeks ago we had two special visitors to the house, as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the Bishop of Derby, Libby Lane, popped in to pray. It was part of his prayer pilgrimage around the country. He chatted with the guys about their lives, listened to their stories and prayed for them. The highlight of the visit was when one of the residents offered to prayer for him – it was a very moving experience for us all, including the Archbishop.

The building work is coming along, the rendering was delayed by bad weather, but should be completed any day now.  The building is noticeably warmer and quieter, as well as aesthetically improved behind the scaffolding.

If you are a praying person, our current prayer requests are as follows:
-Please continue to pray our current residents, and particularly for the health problems many have.
-Please also pray for our ex-residents, that they thrive and are protected from harm.
-Please pray for the staff team, that they continue to work well together, enjoying the work they do.
-Please pray for our relationship with the organisations that support us, that it continues to work in the best interests of the charity.
-And finally, please pray for increased donations to help us cope with rising costs.

Our next Zoom prayers for the project is on Monday 29 July 2024 at 7-7.40pm.  If you want to join us follow  this link or log in on Zoom using:
Meeting ID: 799 2766 4341, Passcode: 0TSVB0

 If you haven’t joined us before and would like to, please email us at contact@hopehousecfd.org

That’s all for now. Thank you for your continued support.

The Hope House Trustees