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...

A Year in Review: Hope House Detroit

Embracing the Interruptions I’m constantly amazed at how Jesus treats the people who interrupted Him during His ministry. He treats each of them with great respect, kindness, and intentionality. It’s like each person is the only one in the world at that moment, and nothing else is more important. He is God for goodness sake, and He is on this earth with important things that he needs to do, but He still takes the time to stop and embrace the interruption. In fact, it usually seems that the interruption itself was where His most important ministry work took place. For it was in those crucial moments that He touched people, healed them in powerful ways, and then sent them out. Think about it…Jesus more often than not: • Embraced the interruption and gave them significance with a new name • Healed/ touched/ forgave/ saved them • Sent them out But as I reflect on what we do here, at Hope House, I have come to realize more clearly that Jesus isn’t a tool. He isn’t some program or system that can be used to get a better outcome. He is a Friend. A Healer. A Savior. And if we are really honest with ourselves, we need Him now more than ever before. We need Jesus to give us a new name, heal us, and send us out.  Only after He has done that for us can we be a witness for Christ. We become His living examples of what it looks like to go in peace after being healed and renamed. So if you are not making space in your life for embracing interruptions, think about...

Real. Crazy. Summer

It’s real. crazy. summer. at Hope House Detroit! Sometimes it seems like God has pulled out all the stops during the summer. Our 3 summer interns are 3/4 of the way through their internships. They are trained, released, and dangerous! When God sent 3 women, I wondered if He was sure about that. But evidently this is exactly what we need this summer. They are helping, and they are learning. They are investing in kids and in the Kingdom. At our Big Water Event over 100 neighbors joined us in water games like slip and slide kickball and a water balloon fight. Hope House staff was in full force. Suddenly a fire engine, sirens sounding, pulled into the driveway. No fire this time, only Wally’s Custard Fire Engine bringing free custard for all!!! TGIGC (Thank God It’s Girls’ Club) is focused on “How’s Your Love Life?” for the summer. Talk about real. crazy. love! This group of young women is discovering what God says love is and are growing in the wildest ways! (You have no idea!) Read Around the Block is searching for treasure in our own back yard. In addition to other local treasures, our children interviewed adults from the neighborhood and are going to make a book from the interviews of these local treasures. Computer lab is back; Guys’ Group is sharing God-sitings in people’s lives. Teen Council, a group of selected teens, is planning activity for the community, hoping to lead a block party in the future. Crazy to see children grow up and work in the local job training program. Young men going to...