It was midnight and someone was knocking on our front door.
My family had just moved to a new city, and we were receiving letters and visits from people we didn’t know.
It didn’t take long to realize that our house was being mistaken for a local ministry just up the street.
So, we journeyed up the avenue to discover whose visitors we’d been turning away!
That’s how we found Place of Hope.
It turned out that our new home wasn’t far from a local Christian ministry. Before long, we realized that our new church was involved with the ministry as well.
Place of Hope was founded in 1997 on the belief that “individuals have a right to food, shelter, and dignity in living as a basic human need.”
What began as an outreach for the homeless in central Minnesota eventually became a wide-ranging ministry offering several different programs.
The ministry is based in a former hospital building where individuals experiencing long-term homelessness can stay temporarily.
It was this building that my family’s unexpected visitors had been looking for!
But Place of Hope offers many more opportunities than just temporary housing.
The ministry’s core mission is summed up in Isaiah 58:12: “Feed those who are hungry, clothe those who are naked, and shelter the wanderer…rebuild the old waste places.”
Place of Hope seeks to “rebuild, repair, and restore lives” through the power of Jesus Christ, offering hope to those who have experienced addiction, homelessness, and abuse.
The ministry offers meals and housing for those in immediate need, but it also follows a larger vision with programs for children, prisoners, veterans, and those struggling to come out of addiction.
Place of Hope wants to “rebuild the old waste places” (Isa. 58:12) and renew the lives of those they minister to.
The Recovering Hope program brings the Gospel of Christ to individuals in correctional institutions across central Minnesota. For those facing addiction and mental health struggles, prison is a difficult place to grow and change.
Place of Hope is committed to helping individuals in prison learn more about God and His hope for their lives. Through Bible studies and discipleship, staff members and volunteers from Place of Hope strive to share the love of God with those in prison.
The Kids Hope ministry is closely tied to Recovering Hope. Through this program, Place of Hope provides, “Bible fun, games, and a safe, secure place to belong, especially for children of incarcerated parents.”
Youth whose parents are in prison often struggle academically, personally, and spiritually. Place of Hope conducts a worship service and outreach each week specifically for these children, providing support and love to a community desperately in need.
Place of Hope also provides support for veterans in the area, offering emergency housing and food for homeless veterans in crisis, and a Sober Supportive Program for those who want help coming out of drug and alcohol addictions.
The major ministry that Place of Hope is known for locally is called Church of the Week. Area churches of all denominations volunteer to open their doors for a week at a time during the fall and winter months.
Individuals experiencing homelessness during these months are offered the chance to stay in the “church of the week.”
It’s one of the most uniting ministries in central Minnesota, as churches of all denominations and sizes partner to help hundreds of people find a safe, warm place to spend each night.
In addition to all of these ministry programs, Place of Hope also runs City Hope Church, which offers weekly services and Bible studies for anyone who might wander through the area.
The staff at Place of Hope know that God’s Word is the foundation for all effective ministry.
“Jesus Christ can bring hope to rebuild, repair, and restore lives,” says the ministry.
Place of Hope has done its best to live up to that mission, and the ministry has seen great growth and blessing since it was founded.
As my family learned from those midnight visits, those in crisis always know that they can come to Place of Hope and receive whatever help they need!
To learn more about Place of Hope or learn how to give to its mission, visit the ministry’s website.
Pray that God will continue to use Place of Hope to bring restoration to those in central Minnesota.