History

The Hancock County Hope House began with little to no available resources, but a desire to reach out to and house a number of people in the area that were living on the streets, showing no permanent address, doubling up in their living situatons, or sleeping in their cars. A member of the Welfare Department, Interlocal Community action Program, local area pastors, a member of the Board of Realtors, and other concerned citizens came to gether to form a committee to open the area's first homeless shelter. In October 1991, the Hope House came into existence and was located in two older homes provided by Thomas EQ Williams. The number of residents continued to grow and in 1997 with a HUD Federal funded grant, an old factory/warehouse located at 35 Pierson Street in Greenfield was purchased. With many hours of dedicated volunteer labor, it was renovated into our current facility that has the capacity to now serve up to 35 men, women and children.

Mission

The mission of the Hancock Hope House is to provide hope to the community while strengthening individuals and families on their journey to self sufficiency.

Facts

The Hancock Hope House exists to serve the homeless residents of Hancock, Shelby and Rush counties. Established in 1991, the Hope House has been serving the homeless men, women and family units of these counties for the past 22 years. Our shelter has a bed capacity of 35 with 15 of these beds serving our male residents and 20 beds serving the women and family units. Upon entering our shelter, our residents commit to a supportive program that assists them in returning their lives to a sustainable housing situation. The average length of stay for our clients is 60 days. We are on pace in 2013 to providing over 4500 nights of shelter to the homeless of our community.

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