“To Offer Hope and Short Term Help to Those in Need Within Our Community as an Expression of God’s Love and Care!”
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat . . . whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25;35, 40
Following nearly seven years of planning by a group of dedicated area ministers and lay persons, Hope House opened in August of 2002 in a rented 2,500 sq. ft. facility. With the generous donations of area merchants and individuals we stocked the Hope House Thrift store with clothing and small household items for resale to the general public. 100% of the income generated by the Thrift Store is used to support the food pantry and needs of our clients.
Operating expenses are offset by community donations and the support of local churches. Cash donations from local businesses, clubs, and individuals are used to support services to the less fortunate in our service community.
Area churches, individuals, businesses and civic organizations continue to provide support for Hope House activities through donations of cash, serviceable merchandise, household goods, small appliances and food. The Food Bank of Columbia provides large amounts of food and personal hygiene items for distribution to Hope House clients. Area grocers Woods Supermarket, Hy-Vee, WalMart and Panera Bread regularly donate surplus food. Fund raising events such as the Annual Hope House Classic Golf Tournament, Marcus/Wehrenberg Theaters Annual Can Food Drive, and other drives raise funds to stock the Pantry shelves. Locally donated United Way funds are used to provide emergency assistance with potential utility shut offs. No governmental assistance of any sort is received…this is truly a local effort…. citizens helping their friends and neighbors.
More than half of the funds required to assist our clients are generated through operation of the Hope House Thrift Store. The Thrift Store offers a large selection of clothing, household goods, small appliances and electronics, tools and other merchandise to the general public, at greatly reduced prices. All of the proceeds are used to help Hope House Clients.