Hope Cottages Brochure AND Upcoming Events
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HOPE COTTAGES is a place where women and children are assessed on an individual basis and provided with tools to enable them to thrive in society.
HOPE GROWS HERE!
Mission Statement: Provide a safe and nurturing home environment for homeless mothers and their dependent children for a 90-180 day period, while assisting them to rebuild their lives in a loving, compassionate and caring way.
P. O. Box 97
Harrison, Arkansas 72602
Would your church or organization like for a representative of HOPE COTTAGES to give a presentation? We would love to! Please contact us. We "HOPE" to see you soon!
Typical situation that leaves a woman homeless
Kelsey’s life turned upside-down at age 23 when her mother passed away. Her immediate family fell apart as she struggled through a period of depression. She is the primary breadwinner for her two daughters, but they were evicted from their apartment after getting behind on rent. She and her children stayed with her sister as a temporary fix. Together with the fact that she could not keep her job while at the same time caring for her children there actually was not enough room at her sister’s home she ended up on the street.
Hope Cottages would not be possible without the tireless efforts and sponsorship of local churches and individuals who are currenting investing in the lives of the mothers and children.
Our hope is that this supportive structure, together with the help of Hope Cottages Director, Rita Kneip, and the availability of suitable courses will help individuals transition form homelessness to stability as well as lay a foundation for longer term follow-up and support.
The Hope Cottages Steering Committee will oversee the director, the courses provided for learning, work and life needs, and the protection of the guests along with their overall care during the three to six months stay.
In 2015, the Harrison City Mayor, Mr. Dan Sherrell, wrote a letter endorsing his support of Hope Cottages.
Hope Cottages was also endorsed by Harrison Police Chief Mr. Paul Woodruff as well as by Mr. Steve Womack, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas's 3rd district.
A Steering Committee of nine individuals meets weekly to oversee the ongoing project. This includes weekly updates on guests, working with the sponsors of the cottages, as well as the remodelling of the buildings.
The Hope Cottages are a project of the Harrison House of Hope, a non profit 501c3 organization which has been operational beginning July 2012 and has actively served the needs of the homeless and jobless population in Boone County, Arkansas.
Sponsoring and Donating
Hope Cottage remodelling funding
We have now, as of January, reached 80% of our funding goal of $ 400,000. So we have completed the remodelling of the 5 of the 8 cottages as well as the community hall and soon hope to welcome the first 5 families.. We thank you all for your generous contributions. Won't you help us reach our goal? See below how to send in your tax deductible gifts.
If you are a business and have product or construction materials, or if you have certain skills, we would welcome any donations of in-kind materials and labor.Financial donations can be made by check (our preferred method) as follows: Please make them payable to Hope Cottages. Our mailing address is PO Box 1645, Harrison AR, 72602. We're also able to process them by credit card. Simply call the House of Hope at 704-8077 and ask for Bill. If you would like to donate online, please use our online portal, Qgiv:
We deeply appreciate the contributions and committments made by our current sponsors and donors. Recognizing these contributions is our little way to say thank you!
Northvale Baptist Church
Tommy & Vikki Hudson
First Baptist Church
Faith Assembly Church
Steve and Camille Turner
First Christian Church
First United Methodist Church
St John’s Episcopal Church
Ladies Day Out
Junior & Margaret Bandy
Roger & Patty Harness
James & Jo Roth
Randall & Deborah Jones
Bear Creek Baptist Church - Women on Mission
Mary Jane Holder
Becoming a monthly sponsor
On March 16, 2017 we had a sponsor appreciation dinner to honor representatives of the five churches and three businesses who each committed to finance the monthly operating cost of $500 for one of the eight cottages. While we currently have sponsors for all eight Hope Cottages, our hope has always been for local churches to fill the gap for personel, interaction, classes and assistance. If your church is interested in contributing in this way, or committing financially as a monthly sponsor should one of these eight positions become available, please contact us:
A picture taken of our current sponsors and spouses at the Sponsor Appreciation Dinner.