A little history…

In 1988, Bill and Jean 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.   In 1991 the original men's shelter was opened in Effingham, SC and was called the New Life Rescue Ministry.   In 2006 the New Life Rescue Ministry changed it's name to House of Hope of the Pee Dee and expanded our offerings to include a women and children's home for long term recovery.  In 2015 the death of a local homeless advocate prompted her family to want to open an emergency shelter to honor her work and they contacted the House of Hope to see about partnering with them.  The Courtney McGinnis Graham Shelter opened in October of 2016 and in that short time we have seen almost 1000 different individual guests.  We now have the opportunity to serve both the short term and long term needs of the community, and we look forward to expanding to continue to meet these growing needs.

 

What we’re up to now

The House of Hope of the Pee Dee addresses homelessness in two different ways.  Our men’s home, now in our Darlington Street facility, is for the long term care of the homeless to address their needs for recovery from the addictions, addressing needs for a job, savings and eventually a place of their own. Finally, we address their spiritual needs and introduce them to a relationship with Jesus Christ.  We help with addictions counseling, financial leadership, job training (with state and national programs), mentoring, Bible study and eventually "graduation" into independence either on their own or in our Graduate Housing with a permanent relationship with Jesus.   The Courtney McGinnis Graham shelter on church street is a low barrier shelter for overnight emergency needs.  Our guests can stay for up to 30 days, meet with a social worker, and often get the help they need to become independent.  In the last 36 months we’ve seen nearly 2000 individual guests.

 

Who we serve….

Some of our guests will only come in when the temperature becomes unbearable, and some of our guests have jobs, but just need a couple of weeks to get deposits for apartments.  We have seen everything from 85 year old veterans to families of 8.  Pregnant women who needed help, and young men who just haven't had any guidance.  We are blessed with a very caring staff and volunteers who minister to these needs.  We are thankful to be a part of a community that cares for the homeless through volunteerism and donations, but are in constant need of operations budget.  To help with that need, we also operate 2 thrift stores that cover about 20% of our operating budget.  Last year they did almost a million dollars in gross sales.    We know that God is in the business of caring, and we are excited, every day to partner with Him in loving for those experiencing homeless all over the Pee Dee.