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HERMISTON House of Hope feeds hearts and souls

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on February 15, 2018 6:52PM

Musical entertainment and a spaghetti dinner are featured during a fundraiser for House of Hope Northeast.

The ministry for the homeless initially began working out of Desert Rose Ministries — however, it is a separate nonprofit entity with many area churches involved, said Ken Yoder, who heads up the ministry. House of Hope received its own 501(c)3 in July 2017.

“It’s the body of Christ with all the churches in the area,” Yoder said. “There are 13 right now.”

The fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 24 starting at noon at the First United Methodist Church, 191 E. Gladys Ave., Hermiston. There is no set fee, but donations will be accepted. A spaghetti lunch will be served and then various ensembles will perform. In addition, information about the ministry will be shared.

Yoder, whose friends and congregants refer to him as Pastor Chief, said House of Hope was initially a vision of Pastor Jason Estle of Desert Rose Ministries. The idea, Yoder said, was to have it be a collaborative effort between area churches and nonprofit organizations to reach out to the homeless.

The ministry is hoping to secure its own building in the near future, Yoder said. They want to offer a safe haven for the area’s homeless. In addition to feeding their souls, the ministry aims to meet physical and emotional needs by providing shelter, food, clothing and other basic needs to help people get back on their feet.

“Chief helps out so many people,” said Lisa Pierce, wife of Rev. Jim Pierce of the United Methodist Church. “It’s important that we have someplace for people to go if they are wandering on the streets.”

To learn more about House of Hope, the public also is invited to board meetings. They are the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Hermiston Assembly of God Church, 730 E. Hurlburt Ave.

For more information, call Yoder at 541-990-9400 or visit www.facebook.com/houseofhopeneoregon.


Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539


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