"For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe." 1 Timothy 4:10
Hope House was formed in the Fall of 2010 by seven Union Country Churches primarily as an emergency aid ministry. St. Clare's, Blairsville, is one of the original seven churches, and continues to play a large role in this organization. Hope House operates under the authority of the Union County Ministerial Association. Three more churches have joined the original seven.
The primary mission is to respond to requests of the kind that many churches receive. These are mostly for assistance with fuel oil, propane, gas and/or electric bills. In addition to utility assistance, Hope House considers requests for help with certain medical expenses and/or prescription medications, emergency lodging, and transportation. Hope House also responds to requests for food and clothing, however, most of these are being responded to by way of referrals to other agencies.
The model of Hope House is that it is volunteer intensive. Currently there is not a single paid staff person.
In addition to the providing of direct aid, Hope House is also dedicated to growth and personal development by way of piggy-backing with other agencies throughout the community.
When informed of receiving an ECF grant, Hope House sent this message: "What wonderful news! Thank you so much. It will certainly go to good use." And from The Rev. Frank Wilson, Rector, St. Clare's Episcopal Church: "Thank you very much. I will pass this wonderful news on to the others in leadership positions at Hope House. Please know that these monies will indeed help those who are most in need in this community and that we at Hope House are dedicated to being be good stewards of these resources.
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