The Hope House Vision is to participate in a network of community care, offering women and children overnight shelter at no charge, in a safe, judgment-free, and hospitable environment.
The Hope House Mission is to welcome as Christ welcomed women and accompanying children in need and to offer love, hope, and compassion within a Christian ethos to foster and facilitate the restoration of human dignity, self-respect, and well-being.
Founded in 2014, Hope House is a place where unexpected things happen: unexpected challenges, and unexpected roadblocks, but mostly unexpected grace.
Hope House is a unique place in Wilmington, Ohio: a low-barrier drop-in shelter for women and their accompanying children, and the only one of its kind in the region.
Hope House complements the outreach of the traditional shelters like the Clinton County Homeless Shelter by offering safe haven to women who cannot meet the necessary qualifications that the Homeless Shelter imposes. Some homeless women are not interested in being in shelter every night, preferring to couch-surf with friends and relatives occasionally. Others have criminal backgrounds or are living chaotically in the throes of active addiction.
Others, still, find themselves suddenly homeless. They’re packing what they can carry in the afternoon and out of their house or apartment by nightfall. They need a place where they can walk up to the door at 9:00 p.m. and be welcomed in.
“Thank God for Hope House. If not for them, I would have had nowhere to lay my head safely and (with such loving care), sleep securely at night.”
-Anonymous Hope House Resident
“Every excuse I had didn’t really matter when these women don’t have a place to sleep and winter is coming. God has blessed me with so much, and I can give some of that back. And this is what I’ve learned: the little bit I can give is not too small.”
-Chantel Couch, Former Hostess
We’re a 501c3. Donations by check or through our website are tax deductible.
Karla Barker, President/Board Chair
Mary Alexander, Vice Chair
Hannah Lutz, Treasurer