Our Members -- Hope House  

How Hope House May Use Your Contribution

$6.25/month ($75/year) provides:
  —  One day of employment for a full-time employee
  —  One student’s involvement in our adult learning center for one week
  —  Five IDs for homeless people and others needing identification cards

  —  Prevents one eviction (average cost)
  —  Pays one month’s utility bill (on average) for one of the apartments used in the transitional housing program for
            homeless families
  —  Buys one week’s operation of Hope House’s free coffeehouse for street people

$20/month pays for:
  —  One child’s participation in Hope House’s summer day camp
  —  Six bus passes for families in the transitional housing program
  —  A new set of tires for the van

How Hope House Works for Our Community:
We help people through difficult times with food, clothing, rent and utility assistance, getting a prescription, having a tooth pulled, or obtaining a bus token, shelter voucher, a place to bury a loved one, and other basic needs.

We help people move toward self-sufficiency in the following ways:
  —  through our adult education program
  —  by providing them with a place to live until they get back on their feet
  —  by getting them a state ID
  —  by providing young people with a place to play and opportunities to get out of the neighborhood and enjoy some of
           the things available in metro New Orleans
  —  by working with our neighbors and other people of good will to make our neighborhood a safer, healthier place for
           people to live
  —  by advocating for justice for all, especially in the areas of housing, a living wage, and the criminal justice system

Hope House in Action:
Ray used to come to the coffeehouse regularly. He was clearly homeless, but he also came across as friendly, conscientious and hard-working. One of our staff who wanted to put in a vegetable garden on the side of Hope House asked him if he would be willing to weed the area and turn over the soil. He did a good job. This led to other small jobs, all of which were done with care and efficiency.

Later we asked Ray if he would be willing to share his experiences of being homeless with a group of students participating in one of our Education for Justice workshops. He agreed to do so, and spoke graphically and eloquently about life on the street. When asked where he thought he might be in a year, he said he’d probably be dead. Ray made several presentations over the next few months, and his answer to the question about the future began to brighten.

When one of the families in our transitional housing program moved out, we asked Ray if he would stay in the apartment awhile — to repaint it and get it ready for another family. He agreed and did a great job of getting the place in shape. He also began looking for a job in maintenance.

Ray is now doing maintenance work for a small apartment complex. He is now on his own and sees the future much more positively.