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HOPE HOUSE FOR CHRISTIAN N.U.R.T.U.R.E.

Chicago Hope Church connects people in Chicago and beyond in real loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, with each other in contagious Christian community, and with their calling of servanthood in the world. We have partnered with Chicago Hope Academy (CHA) on the Near West Side of Chicago and continue to partner with other churches and Christian schools to make disciples of their students, families, and the surrounding community.

We live in one of the most violent and needy neighborhoods in Chicago, one block from the second largest homeless shelter in the city. Most of the students at CHA come from extremely poor, one-parent households. We have been partnered in ministry with CHA since 2017. In this time, we have engaged in many different activities to help students, their families, and the surrounding neighborhoods come alive as disciples of Jesus.

Along the way, we have identified a very strategic need in this community for Christian mentoring and parenting. Seventy percent of the households in our neighborhood are led by single mothers who are poor, uneducated and in need of discipleship training themselves. This has made it very difficult to raise up a new generation of young, educated, Spirit-led men and women with Godly character. We feel called to minister to the whole family unit and need a facility that will enable us to do this. First, in order for the students to realize their potential, we need to provide housing and a new disciple-making environment overseen by house parents and other maturing Christian adults. We have initiated an internship program for people called to urban ministry who also participate in nurturing those who participate in our program. In addition to training the students, we will also ask the parents/guardians need to train the parents and provide daycare for young children. Third, we need space for Christian discipleship training. The proposed Hope House project will provide space for all the above.

Since 2017 we have invited students to live with us in our home and receive the safe, loving and Holy Spirit-empowered love that we have been giving to our own children for over 20 years. My wife Jen, who is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), and I led foster homes before we had children. We are familiar with the challenges that young people, who have suffered neglect and abuse, go through and the kind of community and environment that helps them to heal and mature into all that God has called them to be. God has uniquely called and qualified us to house, parent, develop a student’s potential and train as high-level student athletes and artists through Christian discipleship. Our Worship leader (Marlon Washington) has seen great success in helping students to come alive as Christian artists. From piano lessons, to being part of our worship team to writing original music to painting, God has used Marlon to help students develop their God-given gifts.  Jason and Jennifer have been training athletes at all levels for over 30 years. We have seen how the extra focus, love, nurture, discipline, structure and the power of the Holy Spirit greatly increases their development and opportunities into adulthood. God has broken the hearts of our staff to help under-resourced teens transform into maturing disciples of Christ.

For years now we have seen that students cannot sustain the training that they receive at Chicago Hope Academy when they go home and have no structure to maximize this season in their life. The Hope House would provide the N.U.R.T.U.R.E. they need to help them realize their God-given potential.

The N.U.R.T.U.R.E. Process and the 7 Values of Abundant Living (7G’s)

Nurturing and caring for God’s creation as life stewards.  Good Stewardship is the reasonable and loving response to our gracious God.

Unconditional love received and given through God’s Grace. Grace is God’s bridge to us and our bridge to other.

Rules to guide our lives toward God’s will. Guidance is necessary in order to carry out God’s will.

Training in righteousness to develop Godly desires, feelings, thoughts and actions. Growth is a process toward full maturity in Christ.

Unity with other brothers and sisters in Christ in Christian community. Groups of Biblically functioning community provide the optimal environment for life change.

Resurrection power enabling our obedience and service in His Kingdom. Gifts of divine empowerment are given to all believers to grow God’s church.

Exalting God and pointing others to Him. Glorification of God is the goal of our lives and the church.

I have had several visons from God encouraging us to build a new building across the street from the new CHA athletic complex and future home of their new school building. Since the school has put their plans for building the new facility on hold for some time, it seems that God has also given us an intermediary vision to help us prove out our model. As of January 20, 2022 we were able to purchase a 4 bedroom 3 ½ bath home where the Pankaus used to live. This is the home that our Hope House has been functioning out of for the past 5 years.

We continue to work on the new Hope House, preparing it for more ministry. We are renaming it the Hope House for Christian N.U.R.T.U.R.E. More on the name in next month’s newsletter. Students are already coming over after school and doing their homework here, our band is practicing here, our youth continue to have group meetings here and the Pankaus and Hope House students still live here. Our garage is filled weekly with resources to give out to our community, and we have set up the church office in the basement office space. Thank you for your prayers and support! Our community is grateful!

WHY THE HOPE HOUSE FOR CHRISTIAN N.U.R.T.U.R.E.

For years now we have seen that students cannot sustain the training that they receive at Chicago Hope Academy when they go home and have no structure to maximize this season in their life. The Hope House would provide the N.U.R.T.U.R.E. they need to help them realize their God-given potential.

The N.U.R.T.U.R.E. Process and the 7 Values of Abundant Living (7G’s)

Nurturing and caring for God’s creation as life stewards.  Good Stewardship is the reasonable and loving response to our gracious God.

Unconditional love received and given through God’s Grace. Grace is God’s bridge to us and our bridge to other.

Rules to guide our lives toward God’s will. Guidance is necessary in order to carry out God’s will.

Training in righteousness to develop Godly desires, feelings, thoughts and actions. Growth is a process toward full maturity in Christ.

Unity with other brothers and sisters in Christ in Christian community. Groups of Biblically functioning community provide the optimal environment for life change.

Resurrection power enabling our obedience and service in His Kingdom. Gifts of divine empowerment are given to all believers to grow God’s church.

Exalting God and pointing others to Him. Glorification of God is the goal of our lives and the church.

CHICAGO HOPE ACADEMY COMMITMENT

We have a commitment from Chicago Hope Academy to help us identify and encourage students to live in the HH. HH will be for high school students at Chicago Hope Academy grades 10-12 (Initially we are planning on seeing how the freshmen perform for a year and then invite them to join the HH environment, exceptions to this rule might be made depending on the situation).

HOPE HOUSE COMMITMENT

When God called us to move to Chicago, it was to partner with CHA and minister to the students, parents and surrounding community through various disciple-making efforts. We feel called as a church to build a home for students who attend CHA, have poor parenting situations, and challenging financial need.
1. We commit to feeding, housing, providing structure for and training the young men and women who come to live in the Hope House in Biblically functioning community.
2. We will work with the Chicago Hope Academy teachers and administration to help discover the best learning pathway for them as students.
3. For athletes, we will work with their coaches to keep them on a focused training regimen that helps them maximize their growth during the years they are at Hope.
4. For artists, we will work with their instructors to help them develop their artistry for Kingdom purposes.
5. As developing Christians, we will provide them the spiritual growth and a nurturing environment that can help them mature into disciple-making Christians.

PARENTAL AND STUDENT COMMITMENT

Parents sending their children to the HH entrust the development of their children to the HH leaders. This includes the disciplining and encouragement of their students. Parents commit to work together with the HH parents when making decisions that affect their children and their participation in the HH process.
BOUNDARIES
  1. Some of our students like to go home on weekends. For this to happen, students need to have completed all their homework, cleaned up their living space, completed their chores, laundered their sheets, gotten approval from the house parents and have an agreed-upon return plan.
  2. No drugs, smoking or alcoholic consumption will be tolerated. If violated, it is automatic grounds for removal. We are trying to create an optimal environment for growth and transformation, and drugs are no way to reach that goal.
  3. Inappropriate sexual behaviors like watching pornography, inappropriately touching, sexually explicit language, sexual harassment, etc. will not be tolerated. Refusal to embark on a path to change this behavior will also be grounds for dismissal.
  4. We will encourage everyone in HH to live as good stewards of God’s resources. This means taking proper care of the home and respecting other’s property by not stealing or damaging it. If after having gone through a process of Christian discipline, the student remains unrepentant, it is automatic grounds for removal.
  5. If the students reject the discipline of the HH parents, they will be sent back to their parents. The students can only leave the HH when agreed upon by both parents and HH leaders.
  6. No “outright rebellion.” With “outright rebellion,” we do not mean just working through anger issues. If, having gone through a biblical process of reconciliation, disrespect and disobedience continue, this is grounds for dismissal. We are trying to grow Spirit guided and empowered young men and women.
  7. The students at HH have entered into an intentional disciple-making journey with us, which includes daily devotionals, regular one-on-one mentoring, youth group experiences and worship services.

INITIAL COST

The cost of the land and building is $2,000,000 for one Hope House. We are praying for the ability to build two of these houses--one for boys and one for girls.

ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS

Estimated annual operating costs with 24 people living in the building.

  • Utilities (electric, internet, TV, gas, trash, water, pest control, Security System) $17,000
  • Clothes $1,600 (the student’s parents will be responsible for their clothes for the most part, but there are always needs that arise, so we have set aside $100 per student.
  • Food $83,200 (this includes $100 per week per student, they eat a lot!). We will ask parents to give what they can to offset the food costs, but our experience shows us that we cannot count on much.
    Transportation $6,200 (building HH right across the street from the school keeps our transportation costs low, but there is always a cost to transporting students).
TOTAL $108,000

This cost is offset by the savings of $48,000 per year for the pastor’s housing allowance and potentially another $12,000 of savings for the housing of our worship leader and youth pastor. Total potential savings of $60,000. These costs are being paid in salaries now but would help us to lower the amount paid to our staff by providing this housing. By sharing a home with these students, the costs of housing become more efficient as they are spread across many people. This commitment to be the staff of the Hope House is a sacrificial calling to be with the students almost fulltime and disciple them.

NET INCREASED ANNUAL COST TO CHC: $48,000

POTENTIAL INCOME SOURCES TO HELP OFFSET THIS EXPENSE

– Using a sliding scale, we will charge for our daycare service.
– We will try to offset the cost of food by asking parents to give what they can.
– Periodic guests will be encouraged to donate money to help us cover expenses as well.
– Summer camp residential rentals.

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