Hope House open house Friday


WILMINGTON — Hope House: A Safe Place for Women and Children is holding an open house celebration at its new location.

Its doors will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 10. The public is invited to visit the facility at 260 W. Locust St. in Wilmington, to tour the building and learn more about the ministry.

Hope House provides emergency overnight shelter to women and their children who have nowhere to go, stated a news release. Those involved seek to provide Christ-centered, holistic and respectful care to women who are struggling to turn their lives around.

The organization hopes to expand its offerings to include classes, fellowship groups, Bible studies and more.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided at the open house.

Chuck and Tracy Scalf are donating use of the bottom half of the building to the organization.

“We are just thankful above and beyond any expectations,” said Tammy Beery, Hope House director. “The Scalf Family is just being incredibly generous in allowing Hope House to be in their location there at 260 West Locust.”

Steering Committee President Julie Rudd expressed appreciation to Crossroads Community Church, which previously housed the shelter at 198 S. Walnut St. when Hope House first opened in October 2014.

“Crossroads didn’t just make space for us,” said Rudd. “They welcomed us with open arms. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

This spring, Crossroads merged with Faith Family Church and relocated to Williams Road at State Route 73 west of Wilmington, making it necessary for Hope House to find new space.

Hope House can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WilmingtonHopeHouse.

Facebook posts on June 18 and July 3 indicate Beery is trying to build up a volunteer base for daytime hours to become the Wilmington Women’s Rescue Mission “we deeply desire to become.”

“We are not ready to expand our hours yet, but I’d like to get the volunteers lined up and trained for the day we do,” she wrote June 18.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.