Hope House Ministries Inc

BOWLING GREEN, KY   |  www.hopehousebg.com

Mission

To alleviate physical and spiritual poverty through gospel restoration.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Bryan Lewis

Main address

112 W 10TH AVE

BOWLING GREEN, KY 42101 USA

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EIN

26-3594555

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are over 18,000 people living in poverty in Bowling Green, KY. That's 26% of the population of this city, not including statistics from all of Warren County and surrounding counties. With 10 years of boots-on-the-ground work in poverty alleviation in Bowling Green, the team at Hope House knows that there is no quick fix for poverty. Our organization began by providing relief in the form of food, clothing, and financial assistance, and while we still assist with some relief in crisis situations, we have learned that we must address the root causes of poverty if we want to truly change lives in our community. Hope House focuses on long-term development, recognizing that our neighbors need employment, financial management training, reliable transportation, and full life-transformation, not just physical handouts, in order to truly overcome poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program Living for Men

Program Living is a Christ-centered reconciliation program. We believe in helping a person change from within, rather than treating the symptoms of a man's struggles. We implement a phased approach to recovery and restoration, focusing on spiritual, physical, emotional and educational development.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Substance abusers

Jobs for Life is an 8-week course helping to break the cycles of poverty through the power of work. Along with Biblical principles of work, students learn to interact with local business leaders in business roundtables and mock interviews, as well as learn about resume, interviewing and networking skills.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Faith & Finances is a 12-week class which addresses the financial challenges that low-income individuals face and helps them rediscover their God-given dignity. Participants learn the key principles of managing money, like expense tracking, budgeting, and saving.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Raising Highly Capable Kids is a parenting class which teaches parents about the building blocks that children need to become caring, responsible, and productive adults.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families

Graduates of Faith & Finances can pre-qualify to purchase a vehicle through our Driver Ready Program at income-based payments with no-interest financing.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Our Ready to Work Shuttle provides affordable transportation six days a week during all three shifts for those in our community who are employed at North Warren Transpark or South Industrial Park. This service provides transportation to nearly 30 companies at these two locations.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Affordable Christmas empowers low-income families with the opportunity to purchase gifts at one-tenth of the retail value. This allows parents to purchase gifts for their children while maintaining their dignity as providers for their families.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Substance abusers, Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people, Veterans, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Program Living for Men

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

12 month addiction recovery program graduates in FY 2019-2020

Number of children served by Christmas program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Parents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Affordable Christmas

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

children received gifts on Christmas morning from their parents through Affordable Christmas

Number of clients who have access to transportation to job site

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Work status and occupations, Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people, Adults

Related Program

Ready to Work Shuttle

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

employees participated in our Ready to Work Shuttle for affordable and reliable transportation to work

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents, Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Jobs for Life

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

participants who graduated our development classes: Jobs for Life, Faith & Finances, and Gospel-Centered Parenting

Number of families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people, Victims of disaster, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

households received financial assistance during FY 2019-2020

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Hope House is to alleviate physical and spiritual poverty through gospel restoration. We seek to provide opportunities for our neighbors in Bowling Green and the surrounding area to use the skills and talents God has given them to improve their situations and live fulfilling lives as loving parents and spouses, productive employees, contributing members of society, and generous individuals who bless others. Ultimately, our goal is to help lower the poverty rate in Bowling Green one person at a time.

Hope House focuses on long-term development as our primary strategy for poverty alleviation. We offer development classes to provide job skills and financial management training. For those who graduate Faith & Finances, our financial management class, we offer a car purchasing program with no-interest financing and income-based payments. As transportation is a major roadblock that keeps many people in our community from securing employment, we also offer a shuttle that travels to two industrial centers in Bowling Green for all shifts, six days a week. One of our most extensive programs is a 12-month, gospel-centered addiction recovery program for men called Program Living. Program Living provides a phased approach to addiction recovery and focuses on the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional development of our residents. Men in the program participate in our development classes, as well as many other educational courses and Bible study; they participate in Crossfit classes throughout the week and complete a 5K race during their year with us; they attend a local church for Sunday service and weekly Bible studies; and they receive counseling from our on-site Program Living Counseling Coordinator and other local counselors. We will soon launch Program Living for Women, which will be similarly structured to Program Living for Men. Our Christmas program, Affordable Christmas, allows parents to purchase gifts for their children at one-tenth of the retail value, wrap them on-site, and give the gifts to their children on Christmas day; providing an opportunity for parents to provide for their own families.

Hope House has countless success stories to tell of individuals who completed one or many of our programs and experienced restoration in their lives as they took steps toward overcoming poverty. You can read some of these stories at www.hopehousebg.com/why. With ten years of experience working to alleviate poverty in our community, our team at Hope House is well-equipped to continue this work and grow the ministries of Hope House to reach more neighbors in need. As we have grown tremendously in the last few years, we will be building a larger ministry center to house the majority of our services this year, as well as a new 27-bed facility to house Program Living for Women. We have already planned to hire additional staff and increase our operating budget to accommodate the additional expenses that will come with expanding our ministries.

Since Hope House began in 2009, our ministries have grown from simply providing food, clothing, and financial assistance to our neighbors, to walking with them through the process of poverty alleviation and gospel restoration to see their lives fully transformed. As previously described, Hope House comes alongside our neighbors through a variety of classes and programs, which all have the goal of helping individuals secure employment and ultimately overcome poverty. Since we began providing development classes in 2012, 426 individuals have graduated from these classes, which provide them with the knowledge, training, and support necessary to secure employment and manage their finances. Additionally, since we launched Program Living for Men in 2015, we have graduated 16 men from the 12-month program and seen them released from addiction and restored in their relationships with spouses and families. Last year, 862 children received Christmas gifts from their parents as a result of Affordable Christmas. Looking forward, we're excited to launch Program Living for Women in the coming year, as well as a new ministry center to allow for continued growth of our existing ministries. Program Living for Women will house up to 27 women at a time who are struggling with addiction, incarceration, and for many, abusive situations. We're hopeful for the lives that will be restored through our existing programs, as well as Program Living for Women, in the years to come.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Hope House Ministries Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Benjamin Harmon

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/24/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/24/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.