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Come Together and Build Hope

What does it mean to come together and build hope? After all, that’s our campaign theme. There must be something behind it. Come Together. It is only when we come […]

Are You Willing?

A small team of volunteers is currently making follow-up calls to reach out to people who might be willing to financially support Hope House. Sometimes we know the people we’re […]

The Campaign Resumes!

Last month, we announced the Hope House of Central Illinois capital campaign was suspended due to the tornado relief efforts in Taylorville, where Hope House will be built. We had […]

The Long Journey

The journey of Hope House has been a long one, and we are still in the early stages. We have experienced deep loss. We have sat in pits of disorienting […]

Every Dollar Helps

Our campaign goal seems huge. Unimaginable. Unattainable. But when you’ve struggled through the grief of a child’s death, when a dark day is right behind or in front of you, […]

Walking the Circle of Grief

I have walked the circle of grief around many friends. It’s not a journey I’d ever wish for them or myself, yet I was honored every time I have walked […]

A Good Place

Whatever your preference and habits with faith and worship with a church family, we wanted to share a glimpse into one Hope House founder’s heart through something he recently shared […]

Do More Than Check Out

I know the desire to curl up in a ball and pull the covers over my head and retreat from the world. It’s okay for a moment, but at some […]

Dream Boldly

Randy Thompson wrote and shared this at the Hope House kick-off dinner in April 2017. Years ago, in the days of your youth, did you have bold dreams? I did. […]

Lessons in Heartache #3

Written 8/16/13 Lesson #3) Everything is the same as before – but it will never be the same. Tonight I went to a family birthday party. No, this is not […]

Empty Hands, Open Heart

I have always loved Anne of Green Gables. Her red hair, her zest for life, her thirst for knowledge, her desire to be a great writer, and most of all, […]

A Summer Built with Hope

There is no doubt a lot of work to be done, but Summer 2021 has been a productive one for Hope House of Central Illinois. Connect with us on Facebook […]

The Hope of Hope House

On a beautiful Spring afternoon, Teresa and I drove to the land Hope House will be built upon one day. It is a soothing drive on a country road, leading […]

It’s the little things

Everyday I look for positives. When we first lost our daughter, it was usually the sunshine we noticed daily. It was June and the skies were usually bright with white […]

I had a meltdown.

I had a meltdown.   1/28/2017   Let’s call it a culmination of numerous factors which led to the meltdown. Grief can be like an exposed nerve root.  We can […]