Volunteer of the Month: Eleanor Alcala Mercier!

Eleanor has been working with our Read Around The Block program for about seven months now.  Her favorite part about volunteering is what a joy and inspiration the students are to be with!  In her spare time, Eleanor likes to keep up with current affairs and learn about art.   An interesting fact about her is that her paternal grandmother, who came here from Mexico and raised her family in southwest Detroit, lived to be 110 years old.  Her family must have great genes! Please make sure to congratulate Eleanor on being picked for Volunteer of the Month, & most importantly, thank her and all of our volunteers for all that they do!...

Volunteer of the Month [May]: Shalmar Nelson!

Shalmar works alongside our Teen Council as Co-Leader and also is a part of our Discipleship program.  She has been working with Hope House for at least 5 years and has been involved with Teen Council since it began.  Her favorite part of volunteering is the relationships she gets to develop with the other volunteers and with the young people at Hope House Detroit, and especially getting to see everyone grow as people.  In her spare time Shalmar likes to read, write, and travel.  An interesting fact about her is that although many young people can’t believe this, she didn’t start using a smart phone until this year! Please make sure to congratulate Shalmar on being picked for Volunteer of the Month, & most importantly, thank her and all of our volunteers for all that they...

Seasoned with Salt

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward those who are not believers, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:2-6  Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving Abba Father, We thank You for being the awesome, immeasurable, and matchless God that You are. We thank You for wrapping us in Your mercy and dipping us in Your grace. Father, we thank You that You have enabled us to take special care of YOUR CHILDREN! Thank You for the guys that come to Guys’ Group; guide their hearts and let them know Your love. Thank You for the girls that come to Thank God It’s Girls’ Club and High School Girls’ Bible Study; reveal Yourself to them as they learn about You and how they are precious daughters of the King. Thank You for the kids in Read Around the Block and Computer Club; let them supernaturally learn skills that they can use in their lives. Thank You for Your faithfulness all these years to provide volunteers AND staff! Thank You, Father, for the volunteers that You will bring this new year and the hearts and lives that You will continue to...

An Internship Reflection

For the last four months, I was able to be a public relations intern at Hope House Detroit. An internship was required for me to graduate and I honestly can’t think of a place that would have been a better fit for me. I first went to Hope House in 2014 when Rochester College sent a group of students there on Urban Plunge (RC’s alternative spring break to Detroit). I hadn’t been sure what to expect and I had my doubts about how fulfilling that week would be. I ended up experiencing God in ways that I never had before and I fell in love with the city of Detroit. I continued going on the Urban Plunge trip throughout college and loved getting to know Hope House better and better. Through the semester, I found myself becoming more and more grateful for my opportunity with Hope House; how many people can say that their internship brought them closer to the heart of God? The staff of Hope House made me meals, prayed with me, and deepened my understanding of God’s word. These are things that speak volumes of this non-profit which strives to show God’s real, crazy love to anyone who is willing to receive it. Aside from being able to utilize everything about PR that I’ve learned in 3 years, I was able to volunteer once a week at Hope House for their reading program called Read Around The Block. I was able to build relationships with the kids there and to see Christ’s love put into practice by the staff and volunteers around me. Hope House really...

Blown Away by the Body!

Blown Away by the Body! Hope House allows for a unique opportunity of self-discovery. Those who have chosen to embrace its culture – one of community and real crazy love – have experienced the joy of being used by God, in both expected and unexpected ways.  Each and every person involved brings with them a unique set of talents that we love to put to good use, as well as an openness in allowing God to stretch them and show them yet undiscovered gifts that may have been inside of them all along. That’s the beauty of what happens when you serve the Lord!!!  The simple step of joining with a ministry and helping to shine Jesus’ light, even in the smallest of ways, allows us to see much clearer all that God has to offer, whether to us personally, to someone we are serving, or to us as a community as a whole.  That’s what makes this idea of community and being a part of the body of Christ so powerful.  God has work ready for us to do.  He has given us the ability and resources to carry out the plan.  All we have to do is trust that He will be with us as we go. The body of Christ has an amazing amount of gifts and talents.  We at Hope House see what can happen on a regular basis when a small amount of people decide to throw down for Jesus in a way that is truly their own.  So we want to say thank you for bringing your unique gift, offering your time, praying, supporting financially,...

You Matter. Your Story Matters. Jesus’ Story Matters.

This year, our Middle School girls club, Thank God It’s Girls Club (TGIGC), has been exploring the fact that each girl matters and so do their stories. On Tuesday evenings, we share highs and lows of the week over a delicious snack, we play fun games, do crafty activities and have girl talk related to our theme. Tuesdays are easily one of my favorite days of the week because I get to spend time with these sweet girls; they are full of life, energy and lots of fun, very giggly and silly, smart and kind; they’re precious, they’re priceless, they’re full of potential, and they matter. Looking back, there is so much that could be written about our girls, and especially, about the countless times God has been with us. The best part is that He relentlessly continues to show up at Hope House week after week, and today, I was overjoyed to see Him again. With Easter around the corner, the sponsor team (aka the friends I get to lead TGIGC with) put together a fun time coloring eggs and a more serious time discussing the last days of Jesus’ life, leading to his death and resurrection. We used the resurrection eggs to do this which was how the founders of girls’ club (Becky and her friends from Brighton) shared this story a few years back; if you’re wondering what these are, well, allow me to tell you. They are a set of twelve plastic eggs each containing an item that symbolizes a piece of the Easter story. For example, the first egg had a plastic donkey in...