Last night, the City Mission, Church on the Rise and the Land Bank cut the ribbon on a new project called Hope House. This is a partnership to provide homes to families coming out of Laura's Home who are ready for the responsibility of owning a home. City Mission manages the Laura's Home family homeless shelter and found a property worth saving from the Cuyahoga Land Bank. They went to Church on the Rise to provide the funding and volunteer base to make this project work.
Michelle (pictured here on her new back porch) and her five kids will be moving into the property. She has seven children with two adult children living on their own. Michelle was beaming last night showing off the work that she did on the house. She has put in the sweat equity with the other members of the congregation to help put this house together. She helped scrape off old paint and cleaned up the backyard. She carried building materials and assisted all the craftsmen who helped put this house back together. There were so many who donated materials and labor in order to return this dilapidated house that will help with the effort to heal this neighborhood.
Councilman Tony Brancatelli said that he was honored to be at the ribbon cutting, and Gus Frangos of the Land Bank said that this is the exact project that the Land Bank was created to do. Both felt that Michelle was going to be a wonderful neighbor as she has overcome so many obstacles to get to this place. WEWS-TV5 attended the festivities and interviewed Michelle. It was an uplifting day to see a family move from the shelter into a renovated house. It has new windows, fresh paint, a new porch, brand new floors and a newly renovated kitchen. The house was cut up and beat up and eventually abandoned. Michelle will raise her family in this beautiful home after a slight interruption of instability. They are right on a busline in a recovering neighborhood. People brought welcome baskets from throughout the community. They brought food and towels and household items to welcome her to the neighborhood.
This is a new venture for the City Mission called Hope House and we hope that this is the first of many similiar projects to move families back into housing. It is a great project that is the subject of almost every gathering of homeless people. "Why can't we rebuild all those abandoned properties in the community to reduce the homeless population," is what we hear at almost every meeting of more than three homeless people. This house is the answer to those questions. It takes a partnership between the homeless providers, government, and religious organizations to make this work. We hope that more churches and synagogues will step forward to help. Congratulations to Michelle and the staff of City Mission for making this work. Thanks to the the Church on the Rise Congregation led by Pastor Paul for stepping forward to be the first congregation to purchase the house and contribute the volunteers.
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