What began as a discussion among 3 grieving couples about how great it would be to have a cabin they could share as a place to “get away” has quickly turned into so much more. These couples knew first-hand how overwhelming is was to deal with the loss of a child, and realized the peace and solace a private retreat location could provide. It didn’t take long for those couples to realize that what they wanted for themselves, could minister to countless couples and families in Central Illinois.
A little over a year ago, with initial plans in place, a larger group was brought together to provide feedback as to the feasibility of this dream. The idea was well received, and the group embarked on a mission to share the dream and spread word throughout the area.
The dream of having a cabin, set in a tranquil, rural setting, that families could use as a retreat from everyday life, was the goal. To establish this retreat location, that would be provided to grieving families at no cost, would take a great deal of work, but as the vision is spread, the dream is quickly becoming reality. Choosing the right building site is key to the success of such an endeavor. Finding a site that is easily accessible, but provides the needed tranquility, was not an easy task. Through months of careful searching and prayerful consideration, just a location came available.
In the late fall of 2017 an official offer was placed on a beautiful 7-acre tract of land that provides not only the perfect balance of level ground for the construction of an easily accessible home, but also pristine, wooded ground that will provide for a place for calm reflection. The offer was accepted, financing secured, and in January of 2018, the papers were signed for the official home of Hope House.
To date, no formal fundraising efforts have taken place, but thanks to others who believe in the mission of Hope House, adequate funds have been gathered for the down payment on the land. The next step is the formation of a committee to plan the capital campaign to raise the funds for construction and operation of Hope House. Thanks to a generous, local grant from the Duncan-Kendrick Ministry Fund, funds are in place for the construction of the foundation of the house. During the fundraising drive, plans for construction will be finalized and the potential to break ground in the spring of 2019 is the goal.
The Hope House committee, volunteers, and supporters are excited to be able to provide such a significant ministry here in Christian County, and to be able to serve families throughout Central Illinois. For more information, and to follow our progress, please visit hopehouseofcentralillinois.org.