Project Hope for the Homeless


Our Mission
To respond to the human hurts and hopes of persons in Lake County who are homeless by providing emergency shelter, care, and guidance in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision
To be a proactive solution in helping persons who are homeless reach independence in Lake County.

About Us

Homelessness has long been a problem in Lake County. In 1992, the Catholic Commission of Lake and Geauga called together a roundtable discussion of area churches and leaders to address the situation. Under the direction of the Ecumenical Shelter Network of Lake County, Inc., Project Hope for the Homeless has since been renewing hope and restoring the lives of hundreds of homeless men, women, and children.

Project Hope has three programs which include an overnight shelter for adults, a separate wing for families and children, and an optional aftercare program.

The emergency shelter provides space for up to 50 adults and children each night, not only offering them a safe place to stay but also giving them the basic needs and professional guidance to help them improve their quality of life. More than half of our guests leave the shelter for a better living situation.

Guests can also opt to participate in an aftercare program that, for up to one year, offers regular home visits and phone calls, monthly support groups and in-kind help, as needed.

The Ecumenical Shelter Network of Lake County is the governing body of Project Hope. The network, which counts more than 100 concerned area residents, meets annually to elect members of the 12-person board of trustees. A minimum of two other yearly meetings provides them the opportunity to learn more about what Project Hope is doing in the community.

The 2016-2017 Board of Trustees includes:

Thomas M. Park – Chair
Tracy Peters – Vice-Chair
Rev. Dr. Mary Blank – Secretary
Vacant – Treasurer
James R. Aikens – Trustee
Dan Ashmore – Trustee
Mary Hofer – Trustee
Khadeejah Kirk – Trustee
Willi Morgan – Trustee
Robert Rader – Trustee

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