A three year journey that lead up to the opening of Hope House in Rock Hall, Maryland has finally yielded fruit. Hope House had its Grand Opening on May 27 and was a culmination of three years of work that not only included the congregation, but many people and organizations from the community.
Hope House was founded by Pastors William and Karen Wheatley. When they came to the Rock Hall Church of God they had a parsonage in need of major repairs. After much prayer they were lead to open a free clothing and food bank with a mission that is simple and to the point: “Sharing the Hope by Sharing Food and Clothing.”
Pastor William was appointed to lead Pastor at the church and saw the need for food and clothing and had a heart to serve the people of Kent County. So William and Karen started looking at other food and clothing banks in the area and determined that there was additional need and that a different time was also needed. So they decided to open Hope House from 4 pm to 7 pm to allow for both those who work and those who don’t. Hope House will be open on the third Thursday of each month to start and will grow as the need grows.
Hope House has truly been a collaborative effort. With the help of church members and people in the community it has been an intensive project. The house needed every surface redone and with the help of organizations like Recovery In Motion, Mission House, WCTR and the Chestertown Rotary we have finally completed Hope House. The final piece of the puzzle was getting all new floors throughout the whole house. Hope House received a grant to cover those costs from The Chestertown Rotary.
The grand opening was busy and many organizations were there in support of Hope House including representative from Social Services, the Town of Rock Hall, the Chestertown Rotary, the Rock Hall Lions Club, Kent County Economic Development, Kent County Chamber of Commerce, the Kent County Local Management Board, Kent County Learning Center, and our friends at WCTR had a live remote going on the whole time.
Moving forward Hope House will be adding other services including free assistance with resume writing, job interview prep, and more. We are also partnering with WIC and Social Services as well as other organizations to assist in any food or clothing needs throughout Kent County. Hope House is accepting non-perishable donations from the community 24/7 on the back deck of the building at 6528 Rock Hall Road in Rock Hall, Maryland. We can also help with a food drive in local businesses if you would like to support the food bank. For more information, contact Pastor Karen Wheatley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Riggin at email@example.com.