Hope House Detroit Summer: MAX IT OUT!

Kick-Off Big Event Every year, in the summer, we at Hope House host Big Events to help raise awareness for our programs at Hope House and kick start the summer. This summer’s kick off Big Event was completely designed and lead by our four students in Teen Council. These girls did everything!!! –They came up with the theme, games, food, as well as designing shirts to raise funds to help execute the event and passed out fliers around the neighborhood! It was truly awesome to see them rise to the occasion on the Big Event and work together, run a volunteer meeting, problem solve, and direct people all day.  There were a few hiccups like with any event, but the girls showed why they are on the council and the potential that God has placed in each of them. Coming Soon… This summer saw the opening of the new play structure built last October on the lot behind Hope House. The kids love it! It provides a great sheltered area for younger children to play safely. Gary plans to build a park pavilion in the lot next to it to create a space for families to come, barbeque, and spend time together. There will be picnic tables and even a bonfire pit! We are looking forward to having an area families can come spend time at Hope House! We hope it will be a place for togetherness and relaxation. Introducing… Troy Wilkinson and Hannah Kwiecinski joined the Hope House ministry team as the new House Directors in May. Both Troy and Hannah are recent graduates of Rochester College and...

Food for Thought

As a Mom I spend a lot of time stressing over grocery shopping. There’s the list that I spend diligent time on only to leave it at home. There’s wrangling my toddler into the cart and bribing her with stickers to keep her there. Then of course there’s the infant strapped to my chest that prevents me from shopping for anything on the bottom shelf. Of course, let’s not forget the ballet of hauling everything from the car into the house in the least amount of trips I can manage. Because without fail both kids are restlessly hungry, everyone needs to go potty or get a diaper change, and the dog is running laps of excitement around the living room. Despite the stresses of the actual adventure that grocery shopping becomes I spend even more time meal planning to ensure that our family is eating all the healthy food groups. I read something somewhere that toddlers should have 2 cups of fruit a day. Seriously? Just in case that’s true I keep a bowl of apples and bananas on the kitchen table. For my family food is important. As you can tell I spend a lot of time and energy focusing on all that is food related. This is why Harvest Day at Hope House was so awesome to me. It was one day that I didn’t have to plan dinner because, as a family I knew we would be attending to help out. More importantly as an organization we got to prepare and share a meal with our neighbors and friends. Most of our large events have food...

Street Olympics…and Dance Party!

Hi!  My name is Shalmar, and I’m going to be the official blogger for Hope House Detroit, or as I more typically will type – HHD.  I want you to get to know me and the many other volunteers and leaders who have poured heart, soul, and sweat into this special place on the East Side of Detroit.  And I want to give you an intimate view into what we do…and why.  But today, I just HAVE to share about our recent event facilitated by our partners in the student ministries at Hope Community Church. On June 19th, starting at 7pm, we had a rush of about 50 kids and teens converge on the HHD yard.  And who could blame them?  Street Olympics was all set up and ready to roll!  Orchestrated by over 20 adult volunteers, there was a tricycle race, water balloon launching contests, mini-marshmallow biathlon, helicopter bowling (all I’ll say is that it involved nylons on kids’ heads), and a dunk tank.  I’ll admit – it was fun to watch my husband, Ben, get dunked by kids and teens from our church and neighborhood community.  And I was glad that we never got to my turn! With this many young people and adults participating in and helping with so many activities, the word ‘chaotic’ comes to mind.  But it was organized chaos, covered and made cohesive by rap music and the love of Christ.  And you have no idea how beautiful of a combination that is until you experience it for yourself. After about an hour of balloons splatting, marshmallows flying, volunteers heckling (in good fun) the...