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Cheerful Giving

October 2, 2019 |

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  - 2 Corinthians 9:7

At Home Sweet Home Ministries, we are in the midst of our BIG GIVE campaign.  This year 20 churches and ministries have joined together to collect food items that will be distributed to their local neighbors just prior to to Thanksgiving, to ensure that they have everything they need for a heartwarming Thanksgiving celebration.

I often say that every day is Thanksgiving Day at Home Sweet Home Ministries.  We were founded on Thanksgiving Day in 1917 and have been giving thanks for our generous community support and the opportunity to minister to our neighbors ever since.  

You can join in the Thanksgiving celebration by participating in our BIG GIVE efforts.  Details are at:


Thank God for wisdom!

July 26, 2019 |

Proverbs 3:13 - Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.

Seven of our former board members recently gathered at Home Sweet Home to share their experiences on the board and to learn about Home Sweet Home's current programs and needs.  These experienced leaders clearly were recognized for their wisdom when they served on our board and they continue to offer valuable insights today.  I thank God for the gift of wisdom!


May Community Challenge

May 7, 2019 |

May Community Challenge

Every May our generous supporters are encouraged to "take the challenge" to match donations that have already been pledged to Home Sweet Home Ministries.  Here are examples of the impact that your donation makes:

$10 secures fresh meals for one person for one day.

$20 supplies one homeless family with health and hygiene items for one week.

$35 provides one night of safe and secure shelter for a homeless veteran.

$50 provides three case management sessions for a shelter resident.

$100 shelters a mother and three children for one night.

What will your impact be?


Be a comfort

March 14, 2019 |

 Isaiah 66:13 – As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.

Last week one of our faithful donors  brought 10 full size comforters and 3 child size comforters to Home Sweet Home.  The comforters were handmade by a group of women from her church.  This group has been making and donating 50 comforters a year to the residents at Home Sweet Home for the last 6 years.  Each comforter is sewn with love and takes about 30 hours to make.  The comforters are meant to bring warmth and comfort to the recipients, but more importantly, it is hoped that the recipients will take comfort in knowing that they are loved.  Not everyone is called to create beautiful comforters, but each of us can share comfort and love with others.    


Night in a Car 2019

February 13, 2019 |

Deuteronomy 15:11 – Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, “Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.”

Hundreds of people came together to open their hands, hearts, and pockets to help their neighbors in need through HSHM’s 3rd annual Night in a Car event on February 1-2.  My deepest gratitude goes out to all who were involved in any way.  Their efforts will help HSHM continue to provide a ministry of refuge and renewal powered by Jesus Christ.  Thanks be to God.


Happy New Year!

December 28, 2018 |

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Who does not enjoy something shiny and new?  Replacing 2018 with 2019 does not automatically make everything new, but being in Christ guarantees newness in every minute of every day.  No matter who we are, HSHM employee, volunteer, or service recipient, we may have a tendency to be ruled by old hurts, old behaviors, and old ways of thinking.  My prayer for 2019 is that all will recognize the newness that Christ offers and live into that newness, every day.



The power of prayer

December 14, 2018 |

1 Timothy 2:1 – First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.

Prayer is powerful.  Prayer changes people and outcomes.  One of Home Sweet Home Ministries’ faithful donors has requested prayers for her grandfather, Charles, who is in fragile health.  I invite you to join me in praying for Charles, his family, and all who are involved in his care.  Who are you lifting up in prayer?  Please pray for our residents, that they will invite Jesus into their hearts during this season when we celebrate His birth.  Please pray for the staff, volunteers, and recipients of our Christmas Day meals.  And above all, let us give thanks to God for His great love, brought to earth in the person of Jesus. 


Everything has become new!

October 12, 2018 |

2 Corinthians 5:17 – So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Home Sweet Home Ministries recently launched its Rapid Rehousing Program   Already two people have found housing through the program.  The financial assistance component of Rapid Rehousing makes it possible for participants to leave behind outstanding utility bills, past evictions, and poor rental histories.  The program allows people to start fresh and new, with a clean slate.  Our Rapid Rehousing Navigator, Aaron, goes beyond offering housing assistance; he connects with participants on a personal and spiritual level.  He encourages program participants to celebrate the newness that God provides.


Growing like Jesus

August 24, 2018 |

Luke 2:52 – And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.

As a young person, I participated in a camp whose mission was drawn from this Bible verse, with an emphasis on mental, physical, spiritual, and social growth.  Having launched into the new school year, I am mindful of the many ways in which these four areas of growth are central to life at HSHM.  New university students are volunteering at our warehouse as a way to grow in their social responsibility.  The new president of Heartland Community College recently toured HSHM and is committed to the partnership between HCC and HSHM.  New interns, work study students, and employees are learning their new roles at HSHM.  Our child residents are getting acclimated to their schools, teachers, classrooms, and bus routines.  Residents who are parents are learning their responsibilities related to their children’s education.  Employees at HSHM are constantly learning and growing in our ability to work well together as a team for the glory of God.  Jesus shows us the way to grow!




June 27, 2018 |

Galatians 5:1 - For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

The yearning for freedom speaks to the human spirit.  The Christian faith offers freedom from the weight of sin and freedom to love others as God has loved us.  At Home Sweet Home Ministries, we help our residents discover freedom from the burdens of debt, broken relationships, and separation from the God who created them and loves them.   We help them discover the freedom to become the capable and loving persons that God created them to be.  My prayer is that all of God's children will experience the freedom that only God can provide.

Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayerRomans 12:12