Steve Vail, Executive Director of Hancock Hope House spoke to Kiwanis, Tuesday about Hope’s House operations and thrift store.
Vail said Hope House is a program for the homeless not just a homeless shelter. The mission of Hancock Hope House is to provide hope to the community while strengthening individuals and families on their journey to self-sufficiency. The do this by providing short-term housing to homeless families and individuals and by providing training through our Life Leads program to teach adults essential life-skills.
Hope House serves Hancock, Shelby and Rush counties with about 85% of the residents coming from Hancock County. The shelter provides space for men, women and families. All residents are screened to meet strict guidelines and for the protection of all the residents.
Hope House operates a thrift store, The WEARhouse, located next to the Hancock Hope House at 35 E Pierson St. About 50 percent of the budget of the shelter is derived from the store. The store is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are accepted up to one hour prior to closing.
For questions of further information see the website http://www.hancockhopehouse.com or call (317) 467-4991.