The Hope Home Story

The concept of Hope Home evolved over a period of several weeks through conversations between several individual members of the congregation. These conversations flowed from each member's belief that God was speaking to them and calling them to action. At first, the conversations were between pairs of members. As these individuals discussed their understanding of God's revelation to them, they were struck by how similar the message each had received was to other people's vision.

As these conversations continued, individuals became aware that there was a small group of people with the same vision and understanding of God's call. This group joined together as an informal ministry team to explore the possibility of what they came to call Hope Home. It was the desire of the group to spend time in prayer, discussion and discernment to ensure that the vision they saw was truly God's vision.

Convinced that God had shared with them a call to his church, the group sought to put flesh on the bones of Hope Home. The group researched the availability of local real estate suitable for a family. They explored the financial and human capital that would be needed to make the project a success. Informal discussions were held with a select few individuals in the community with knowledge and expertise in the area of social services, transitional housing, and homeless families in Madison County.

It is the belief of the members of the group that God is calling First United Presbyterian Church, Winterset to do great things. To place our faith and trust in God. To put aside our fears of scarcity and to live in the abundance of the Lord.

During the month of March 2013, a series of presentations were given to the congregation, each one focusing on a different aspect of Hope Home.  On April 7, 2013 a congregational meeting was held and the ministry of Hope Home was overwhelmingly approved.

From there, things moved quickly.  After approval of the Presbytery of Des Moines, a loan was secured and a home was purchased.  Following the purchase in early May, renovation of the home began.  Several ministry teams were formed and each team began their work.  

If our story interests you, we invite you to join us.  If you would like to know more about what we are doing or how we are doing it, please contact us.  We would love to share what we have learned.