Jesus Center Opens House of Hope with a 'Little Help' From Friends

Jul 31, 2013 6:46 PM

It's called the House of Hope and through the Jesus Center, it will serve women in the Chico area transitioning out of homelessness. Today, those who made it a reality opened its doors to the public for a quick look before move-in day for its first clients.

The six-bedroom craftsman-style home is located in Chico, but organizers have asked that the exact location not to be disclosed due to the privacy of future tenants. The idea for the home was hatched just a few months ago by a few members of the Chico Association of Realtors and only eight weeks later, it's ready to move in thanks to the association and a number of local businesses and individuals who got behind the idea.

“I am just amazed at how all this really came together in such a short amount of time,” said Bill Such, as he stood on the freshly painted porch of House of Hope. "We have been blessed by so many here in this community."

Such, executive director of the Jesus Center, said the home will serve as important transitional housing for local women trying to escape the cycle of homelessness and get back to an independent lifestyle. He also said he thinks the community effort that made House for Hope a reality could be a model for filling future needs, such as a similar type home that could serve men.

The home will have room for six women initially. But the hope is to get the necessary city approvals to allow a total of 11 clients at one time. In addition to coordinating donations of time, money and materials in order to get the house into move-in shape, the Chico Association of Realtors is paying the first year's rent and cleaning deposit on behalf of the Jesus Center.

As for those others, the following is a list of those who also pitched in to make the House of Hope a home:

*Century 21 agents and Allen Allen Shades who donated the blinds throughout the house
*Coldwell Banker Agents who donated over $2,500 in cash
*Cleanrite-Buildrite donated a dumpster and powerwashing of the exterior.
*Hignell and Hignell which deep cleaned the home.
*Matt Webb donated and installed a new flat screen TV
*Chico Furniture Direct 2 U donated a new sofa and loveseat and bedframes
*Plant Barn donated and planted flowers for the yard
*Ginnos Appliances which donated a new dishwasher
*Paint from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore
*Zamora Sod which donated sod for the yard
*Cash donations and household purchases from Chuck Patterson, the Noon Exchange Club and numerous Realtors and friends of the project


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