Thanksgiving Issue: "Grateful for the change in my life."

DSC_0068.JPG"I am grateful Homes of Hope is here to teach me. I’m thankful for great brothers God has put around me to laugh and cry with. I’m thankful for the beautiful days God has given us to build this house. I’m grateful for the change in my life. Most of all, I’m thankful God sent his son to die for my sins.”
—Trey, Men’s Development Intern

Gratitude is contagious. Counting our blessings allows us to put things into perspective; it allows us to remember we are not forgotten by a loving God. We’ve seen another Thanksgiving! God has been amazingly generous and we are thankful.

As we close out 2014, we are thankful for several milestones. Early this year we changed our tagline to reflect what God has been doing since the very beginning at Homes of Hope—“Rebuilding Communities, Rebuilding Lives.”

In May we witnessed an unforgettable reunion between our Men’s Development graduate, Derek, and his estranged family at our annual banquet. As he embraced his mother he choked out these words to a crowd of 500: “That’s how big my God is!” What addiction threatened to destroy, God put back together before our eyes.

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Derek's suprise reunion with his mother and sister at our annual banquet

And as you read this, our 500th home is under construction. We’ll welcome a family transitioning out of homelessness into this new home in early 2015.

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Trey helps install trusses on our 500th home

Scripture reminds us that what we make happen for others, God will make happen for us (Ephesians 6:8). Thank you for making home possible for 679 Homes of Hope residents, 320 of those are children. Thank you for making hope possible for Ryan, Lee, Chris, Ronald, Nicholas, James, Jack, Jeremy, Bradley, Isreal, Fred, and Trey—all men served in our Men’s Development job training and discipleship program this year.

We want to remind you that as a Homes of Hope donor you are eligible for a South Carolina State Tax Credit of 33%. There is some paperwork involved so let us know if you’re interested.

We also ask you to remember us this holiday season with your end of the year gifts, especially on #givingtuesday—the global day for giving that falls on Monday, December 2nd after Black Friday. Our goal for the end of the year is to raise $24,000, the cost to provide job training for 8 men for 3 months. Your gifts can help us provide this hope for men rebuilding their lives.

For all you’ve done for Homes of Hope, and all you’ll continue to do, may you be abundantly blessed this Thanksgiving season!

Please remember Homes of Hope with your end of the year gifts.

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