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          It is our purpose to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by being a House of Hope for individuals in transition from incarceration to productive members of society. We are a residential aftercare ministry focusing on the crucial four to twleve months immediately following release from prison or jail.

          House of Hope is a Christian ministry located in Alabama county of Tuscaloosa. Established in August of 2000, House of Hope is an interdenominational, non-profit organization which will provide food, shelter, clothing, guidance and love. We will be a bridge for ex-offenders re-entering the "free world." We believe that a Christian home environment helps the ex-offender adjust to life on the outside. It also helps him alter his behavior and increases his potential in order to become a productive, law-abiding citizen. By providing a disciplined home environment, guidance, counseling, and Bible study, House of Hope works to change previous behaviors of ex-offenders.

          House rules are adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Every resident must enter a Covenant Agreement and abide by it for the duration of his residency with House of Hope. House of Hope takes residents who have shown a willingness to change their lives. Referrals are accepted from Shepherd's Fold, Inc., Parole and Probation Officers and the Department of Corrections Staff. Each applicant is screened and the final selection is made in collaboration between House of Hope and the referring person or department.

          After serving 12 years in prison, Jeff Holeman has made a successful transition from prison to the "free world." He now knows his life direction is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in helping other men make this transition. His wife, Hope, knew the Lord had a great plan for their life as a family to serve the outcasts of society. Their daughter Nicki, who is 13, coined the name for this ministry, House of Hope. Jeff, Hope, and Nicki, will live and serve full time in the home along with the men admitted to House of Hope.

          We feel honored to serve in a ministry as humbling and as rewarding as House of Hope. We are available to speak to your church, church group, or civic group and would welcome the opportunity. We need your prayer support for our family and for this ministry.

          Funding for House of Hope is from individuals, churches, and church groups; fees are assessed on each resident. Contributions of money and donation of time or supplies are needed for the survival of this ministry.

As for you also, because of and for the sake of the covenant of the Lord with His people, which was sealed with sprinked covenant blood, I have released and sent forth your imprisoned people out of the waterless pit. Return to the stronghold of security and prosperity, you prisoners of hope; even today do I declare that I will restore double your former prosperity to you.
Zechariah 9:11-12 Amplified Bible

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