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Our Mission

The Herrin House of Hope is a ministry that helps the needy in the Herrin area.  It is sponsored by the Herrin area churches, businesses, and residents who recognize that Jesus calls us to care for one another and especially those who are unable to meet their basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter.

But beyond that, the dream of the Herrin House of Hope is to help provide guidance, training, and encouragement to enable many to become independent and self-sustaining. The vision of the Herrin House of Hope is to serve as a clearing house for help provided by many churches and governmental agencies. This enables those in need to easily access the help that is available and assures that the assistance provided goes to real and legitimate needs.

The Herrin House of Hope was the vision of local churches who wanted to do more than put a bandage on the problems of the needy they saw every day.  They wanted to provide both physical and spiritual help to families in financial crisis and to do so in a way that moved them toward being independent and self-sustaining. 

 

Daily Hot Lunches – The Herrin House of Hope will provide daily hot lunches at no charge.  While donations are accepted from those who have means, the meal is free to all.

Monthly Food Assistance – The Herrin House of Hope will distribute food to qualified people each month.  Our goal is to supplement the help provided by the Herrin Community Pantry so that people in need will have a continuing source of nutritious food. 

Emergency Housing and Utility Assistance – While these expenses are often beyond our limits, we will work with people when possible to provide limited assistance for shelter and necessary utilities.

Clearing House for Other Assistance – There are many groups and agencies that provided assistance to people in need.  The Herrin House of Hope will serve as information central to help people secure assistance from all these sources. 

Training – The Herrin House of Hope envisions offering training session to help people step out of the despair of poverty and into the satisfaction of making one’s own future.  We hope to host training session on financial management, job search skills, nutrition and other topics that will help secure success.

Spiritual Support – Our goal is to feed the soul as well as the body.  Jesus demonstrated such compassion for the poor and needy, and his promise was that through him, they would be satisfied.  While this begins by providing for people’s physical needs, Jesus’ mission, and ours as well, is to help people realize true satisfaction in being one with their creator.