Hope lives here.

The mission of Hope House is to promote community transformation through the Gospel of Christ. It is our deepest conviction that we have been called to bring God's Church to the people and that Kashmere Gardens has been "laid at our doorstep" for this purpose (Luke 16:19–31). We provide transitional housing for people who want to change their lives. We bring spiritual and social services to the community. We partner with citizens from the local community and greater Houston to improve the neighborhood. In all of these ways and more, Hope House brings transformation and hope for future generations.

Every day there are new stories of redemption, and each individual story helps to shape the world in a positive way. Because of this, our vision is big and so is our commitment. We invite you to learn more about how we bring hope to some of Houston's neediest people, one life at a time.

Breaking the Cycle

Sunday, October 4, 2015 @ 08:10 AM
posted by: Dave

Dave with neighborhood baby

Earlier this year I took a full-time job as a drug counselor at a Texas state prison near Houston.  I was somewhat discouraged to take time away from the ministry at Hope Houses Houston to work at the prison. Little did I realize that God had a plan in all of this.

For years we have worked with single-parent families in our neighborhood. Almost without exception, the husbands and fathers in these families are in prison, or have prison records. Many are repeat offenders who return home only to be incarcerated later.

How does this impact the children in these families? Generally speaking, they become emotionally numbed or hardened at a very young age. You can see this in the way they avoid eye contact when you talk to them, and how make light of events that would crush other kids.  Over time, these young ones begin to open up and express their feelings to us.  Teen girls share their pain and the need for a father figure in their lives. One night during a Bible class, a 9-year old boy crawled under the table and began crying uncontrollably When we finally got him calmed down, he shared that he was told by his mother that he will not see his father for years because “daddy is in prison.”

The mothers have little education or technical training, and are forced to be the sole providers of financial and parental support. Needless to say, these women feel overwhelmed. They are often preyed upon by loan sharks and disingenuous suiters. They are faced with precious few viable options. Over time, some mothers take out their frustration on their children. The 9-year old mentioned above was recently caught with a stolen smart phone. When I went to his home to speak to his mother, she immediately struck the boy and called him every curse word and racial slur imaginable. Now ten years old, the boy had no more than a hint of a tear in one eye after his mother’s tirade. His young heart was becoming hardened.  Without miraculous intervention, this boy will be behind bars himself in 10 more years. He will be hard-hearted like the prisoners I work with.

Working with the men in prison has helped me see the completion of the cycle.  The prisoners were, just a few years ago, the boys in our neighborhood.  And the children in our neighborhood, without intervention, will be the prisoners or the parents left at home with their children, who will become the next generation of prisoners and single parents left at home with the children…..and on and on the cycle goes.

How can the cycle be broken? The Gospel is God’s way to redeem individuals, families, neighborhoods, and cultures. The Apostle Paul tells us that, in the first century, the Gospel was “constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth” (Colossians 1:6)

The early church was full of redeemed thieves, prostitutes, orphans, and slaves.  The world was “turned upside down” by such people (Acts 17:6).  Jesus was criticized by religious leaders for spending more time with “sinners” than with the religious people (Mark 2:15-17). His half-brother, the Apostle James, tells us that God chose “the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him” (James 2:5).

One would conclude, based on these the teachings and actions of Jesus and the early church, that the Church of Houston would be investing a large part of her resources in the inner city.

Sadly, that does not seem to be the case.  The prison I work in has 1 or 2 evangelical services a month.  Many of the men are hungry for a mentor to work with them. The part-time chaplain is unable to meet with all of the prisoners who want spiritual guidance. Urban kids are eager to join Scouting programs, but we don’t have the adults to lead them.  They desperately need after-school programs, but there are few adults willing to invest the time to drive down to the inner city and render those services. Men and women early in recovery need a safe place to live and get back on their feet, but the Church of Houston shows little interest in providing sustained, long-term support for such efforts.

Long ago I was told that the Suburban Church of Houston wants to serve the urban world, but doesn’t know how to do it. I believed that for a long time. Now, I am not so sure.

Where are you, Church? The children need you. The prisoners need you. The “target market” that Jesus, James, and the early church were so eager to serve needs you.

 

 

 

5 Pounds of Potatoes

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 09:12 AM
posted by: Dave

What is a bag of potatoes worth? We bought 5-pound bags for Thanksgiving at Kroger for around three dollars each.  To the people we serve, they seem to be much more valuable.

Monday night is youth night at Hope House.   The Monday after Thanksgiving, we had a few  bags of potatoes left over.  One of our young guys, Joshua #3 (we have 3 boys names Joshua) asked if he could bring a bag of potatoes back to his mom.  Shrugging my shoulders, I absentmindedly replied, “sure”.  His face lit up like I had given him a twenty dollar bill.

At the end of the evening, as we were packing up to go,  he  reminded me about the potatoes. The other kids piped up, “can I get some potatoes to take home too?” All the potatoes were claimed and carried out by happy young people.

I threw the potatoes in the back of the car and drove the boys home.  When Joshua #3 climbed out of the car, he lowered his head and looked up to me with a defiant glare, clenching his fists. “I ain’t leaving without my mama’s potatoes, Pastor Dave!”  We both laughed and I handed the bag of potatoes to him and watched as he marched into his front door. He held the bag like a trophy that he would present to his mother.

While driving Jaylen home, he joyfully recounted the ways that his mom could cook the potatoes. “She can make French fries, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, almost anything!”  He had a smile a mile long as he carried the bag of spuds into his apartment.

A 5-lb bag of potatoes at Kroger runs about three dollars. It’s not unusual for me to forget about potatoes in my refrigerator until they begin to sprout.   But in the lives of our inner-city at-risk families, a 5-lb sack of potatoes is a big deal. Especially so to these young men. Each one of the boys is, essentially, the “man of the house”. For whatever reason, the fathers in these families are absent. The boys feel  the weight of their family’s welfare upon their slender shoulders.   Bringing home a bag of potatoes is, essentially, “bringing home the bacon”.

I don’t think I will ever look at a sack of potatoes the same way.

 

LATEST NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS — Mark your calendars and plan ahead!

Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 01:10 AM
posted by: Judy

Please check back often for times and additional information for each event!

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS at 3:00 pm: Come worship with Kashmere Gardens Fellowship Church every Sunday afternoon at Hope House. This new and exciting church ministers to at-risk families from urban Houston. Join us in serving some of Houston’s neediest children and their families!

MONDAY EVENINGS at 5:30 pm: Our youth group continues to meet weekly, providing an opportunity for our youth to explore their faith on a deeper level. Their excitement and commitment to this program is amazing! These young peopleare absorbing biblical truth while they work on crafts, ask questions, engage in meaningful dialogue, and eat pizza! We would love to have others join us. For more information, please contact Dave Dozier at dave@hopehousehouston.org or 281-468-0832.

Sunday, December 21st  3:00-4:30- Santa is coming to Hope House!

Santa Claus is coming to provide gifts to our neighborhood families. He also will share that Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Come join us as we share the love of Christ with some of Houston’s neediest people. KidzRap Ministry will join us in serving a light meal and helping Santa out with the gifts.

We need donations of household items to use as raffle gifts to the adults who come with their children. Please contact Dianne Lami for more information at lamibill@netscape.net.

Thank you so much! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Dianne Lami is our volunteer coordinator. If you have any questions, please contact her at  lamibill@netscape.net.