WILMINGTON — A combination open house and ribbon-cutting was held last weekend at the Wilmington Hope House which has relocated to 495 East Locust St.
Founded in October 2014, Wilmington Hope House is a Christian, non-profit emergency drop-in place. It is a “stay safe” sleep space for women and children experiencing homelessness in Clinton County and surrounding areas, completely staffed by volunteers.
The shelter still needs volunteer overnight hostesses, said Patricia Thomas, a board member. Women interested in becoming overnight hostesses can be assured they will receive training, and that they will always have an experienced co-hostess with them to assist when they do serve as an overnight hostess.
There is more news regarding Hope House. They will begin offering weekly shower nights starting Thursday, June 6 when women can take a free shower. There also will be an opportunity at the same time to do laundry.
Shower nights (and laundry nights) will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.
At the present time, one of the best donations to assist the mission of Hope House would be a Kroger gift card, Thomas said.
In connection with the ribbon-cutting, thanks-you’s are expressed to Rebecca Bowman and Craig Dove for donating the Hope House sign to be installed; to plumber Doug Smith who donated his labor when he installed a shower, and a washer and dryer; to the electricians who did the re-wiring; to the volunteers who painted an upstairs apartment that’s intended as a revenue source for the nonprofit; and of course to the overnight hostesses for their time and donated supplies.
The new Hope House location can provide night shelter for 10 women, whereas at the former location the occupancy was limited to five.
If interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer, please call Director Tracy Scalf at 937-562-1377 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .