Hope House of Central Illinois was founded by three families with one thing in common: the devastation of losing a child. In April 2017, the ministry was officially launched with an evening focused on inspiring others to share the story and vision of Hope House and to raise funds for building. That evening, we shared the following videos. We hope these videos will help you understand the mission behind Hope House, reach out to others, continue your healing process, and see a glimpse of hope.
We discovered the sheer number of people that needed support and comfort was huge. We asked, “How can we help others make the transition to a new normal?”
Hope House will provide a comforting climate for families to catch their breath, relax, be encouraged, and talk to someone who has been in their shoes. Maybe, just maybe, they can find hope again.
All of our stories are different, but the outcome is the same. 595 families every year (in a 100-mile radius of Taylorville, IL) have feelings of guilt, shame, inadequacy, anger, doubt, second-guessing, devastation, and agony. Just imagine these emotions being the norm for an entire town the size of Pana, Monticello, New Berlin, or West Peoria.
Hope House of Central Illinois is a 501c3 organization. Our mission is to provide a refuge for grieving families after the loss of a child and help them find hope. But we can’t do it alone. The needs of these families are as large as the dream of Hope House. We need folks to help. We need you to help spread the word about Hope House. If you are in the area and are willing to host a group of friends in your homes, please connect with us firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to need donations and volunteers. Many times, after a parent loses a child, their friends will say, “I wish there was something I could do.” Now there is something you can do.