The Hope House is a ministry for women who are homeless and in need of transitional housing. Hope House is a ministry of the Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission. The Hope House is located at 47 Union Street in Berkeley Springs. It is a nine-bed transitional housing shelter. It is staffed 24/7 365 days of the year, with volunteers and paid staff.
If the female accepts entrance into the Hope House program, they will start with the Mission’s Spiritual Recovery Program. A strict, no tolerance of drugs and alcohol atmosphere is maintained. Everyone must attend the 60-day Discipleship Track entry-level classes upon entering the Hope House. The Discipleship Track entry-level classes consist of Biblical studies, addiction recovery classes, chapels, the Mission Support Program, etc. These first couple of months will provide a good start in developing the 6 Values of Christ-centered, Servant-leadership, Transformation, Stewardship, Excellence, and Honor in everyone for successful living. Once completion of the DTEC the person continues in the program and can go on to employment outside the Hope House if ready.
The Mission’s Support Program is the primary program that new women enter. It is a Christian-based recovery program that restores structure and order through work assignments. These assignments include community outreach helpers who assist in our local businesses, cook helpers who prepare and serve meals, housekeepers who clean and perform light maintenance, driver’s assistants who help with donation pick-ups and store deliveries, and facilities and grounds maintenance.
The Mission’s Employment Program is a halfway program that allows women to reside at the Hope House while employed in the community. Employment may be full-time or a combination of part-time employment in the community and part-time volunteer work in the community or at the Hope House. Once a woman enters the Employment Program, she is encouraged to find housing within one hundred eighty days. After ninety days, a review of the woman’s financial stability will be conducted by a staff member. This requirement may be waived until a woman is physically, mentally, and financially capable of living outside the Hope House’s structured environment.
The Mission’s Staff Program is designed to allow women to continue in the Mission’s Spiritual Recovery Program while providing avenues for increased responsibility and authority. A participant in this program assumes a program staff position in administration, food services, housekeeping, transportation, store operations, or facilities and grounds maintenance.
Except for the Employment Program, no length of stay limitations exist for any of the Mission’s residential programs. However, the general purpose of all the residential rehabilitation programs is still to prepare individuals to return to the mainstream of our society and become responsible, productive members of that society.
How can you be involved?
Please consider becoming a financial partner in donating today.
Please consider being a Prayer Partner and putting the Mission on your daily prayer list for: Our financial needs to be met daily, food donations, open hearts, minds, and soul to receive Christ as their Savior. Safety and wisdom and grace for the staff, volunteers, and those in the many programs here at the Mission.
Please consider becoming a volunteer today at the Hope House, Haven House, Main Mission, Kitchen, front desk, thrift Store, Take a Meal program. To sign up visit the volunteer page or contact Sharon at 681-283-8146 or [email protected].
Hope Lives Here,
Pastor Tim Guerino
The main purpose and the reason the Rescue Mission exists is to fulfill the great commission as outlined by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19, 20:
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
The general purpose of all residential rehabilitation programs is to prepare individuals to return to the mainstream of our society and become responsible productive members of society.
To disciple individuals by equipping, educating, and empowering them to be Christ-like disciples therefore returning to the local Church and community as productive members of society.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
“Hope Lives Here”
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and hope.
We believe that we first exist to glorify God and advance His kingdom; through grace we receive and through grace we share.
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
We highly value and intentionally serve each other, our guests, and our ministry partners, leading by following Christs’ example.
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
We invest in spiritual, personal, and professional development of one another; restoring and equipping each other for intentional living.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
We are responsible for the time, talents and treasures entrusted to us by God and our ministry partners and strive to maximize the impact of these resources.
1 Corinthians 4:2
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
We strive to provide excellent services, achieve results, impact our community and be innovative and collaborative in our approach.
Commit your works to the LORD,
And your thoughts will be established.
We give honor. We set others up to win. We celebrate and champion those God has placed around us. What we honor is what we receive.
1 Peter 2:17
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.