The House of Hope in Longview is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary of ministering and sheltering women in need. Many people are thanking the founder and director, Sister Helen Johnson. She established a place to call home for over 14,000 homeless women. The shelter houses between 50 to 65 women a day. They also serve over 60,000 meals a month. Johnson is overjoyed with how far the shelter has come since the opening in 2006.
“We’ve helped with CPS, and with their children. Getting them in classes. We just hug them, love them, feed them, and cried with them. All those women have amounted to more than 14,000,” said Johnson.
She reflected on how her original plan for helping abused women off the streets, turned into something much more.
Johnson said, “Actually, I was looking for a place to put in an office as a resource center for women to come in off the streets. Especially battered and abused women to come in. Then, I actually ended up with more homeless women.”
The shelter is in the process of putting together an 80 bed dorm with a laundromat. If you are interested in helping, any financial donations will be accepted. You can donate or sign up to be a monthly donor by calling the House of Hope in Longview at (903)-295-0904.