Making a difference in the Pee Dee
In 1988, Jean and Bill Fryar witnessed as many as 20 homeless people being turned away from a shelter here in Florence and were deeply troubled by the fact that there was no safe haven for them.
This turned out to be a moment that would forever change both of their lives. After much prayer, Bill and Jean sold their home in Winston-Salem and moved to Florence, leaving behind friends, family, and the life they had known. Thanks to their faithfulness, a mission was ignited that would open its doors to the open-handed homeless of the Pee Dee.
October 16th 2016
House of Hope officially opened the doors of its new community shelter on Church Street in Florence, SC. – named for the late Courtney McGinnis Graham.
The House of Hope announced it was considering the construction of a village of 23 tiny houses next door to its headquarters at 1020 W. Darlington Street in Florence. The houses would fill a gap in the care of Florence’s homeless, particularly women and children. This transition period is expected to last from 12 to 24 months and provide the opportunity for the residents to get the life-skills necessary to live independently.
The Initial ground preparation began on phase one of the tiny houses. Infrastructure is scheduled to begin June of 2020.
WHAT IS LIFE RECOVERY?
When a man comes into the Life Recovery Program he signs up to spend as long as one year getting his life back on track. It’s not an easy road. He will be up early every morning to worship and meet with God, and then help clean the facility. He will take his turn cooking (or perhaps learning to cook). Initially, he will not have a phone, his own TV or a computer. He will start volunteering right away, and after 30 days he will be able to work or volunteer outside of the House of Hope facilities. Ultimately he will transition into a full- time job. During this time he will also hear about God’s love for him. He will start attending church and reading the Bible. People will come along side of him at the house and at Reformers Unanimous to support healthier choices. By the time a man reaches graduation, he will have the tools he needs to live on his own, with a job and a savings account and a new or renewed relationship with Jesus Christ. We hope this helps you understand how much work it takes for residents to reach graduation, and how proud we are of their accomplishments.
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