Thirty-one years ago, a handful of volunteers saw people going hungry in their community and were moved to help. Those volunteers made sandwiches and handed them out to people in need, laying the foundation for what has grown into today's House of Hope.
Today, House of Hope touches the lives of more than 5,000 people each month, having grown into the county's largest provider of safety net services.
House of Hope operates food pantries and thrift stores in four locations countywide as well as offering financial assistance, clothing, furniture, case management, and information and referral under an umbrella known as Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment).
Project HOPE exemplifies House of Hope's belief that when we extend a helping hand and work together, we can change lives.
For more information, please visit www.hohmartin.org.
House of Hope is not a faith-based organization, but our roots are in faith. House of Hope was incorporated in 1984 as Jesus House of Hope, and the agency has been doing business simply as House of Hope since 2008.
The name change came about to make sure that there were no barriers to seeking donations or receiving service. For example, people had been responding to requests for donations with, "I already gave to my church." Grant-making organizations had disqualified us because they did not fund faith-based organizations. People seeking assistance may have avoided coming for help because they felt they might not be welcome.
All of these obstacles were overcome with the name change, and House of Hope is feeding, clothing and assisting more people than ever before.