Providing a Christ-focused nurturing environment to empower women and their children to become productive, self-sufficient, contributing members of their community.
The women who walk through Hope House of McAlester’s doors are experiencing not just financial poverty, but also poverty of the soul. Many feel alienated, have low self-esteem and lack self-respect. Hope House provides emotional and practical support to help women navigate everyday barriers; they leave with a sense of belonging and acceptance. They have created social bonds and rediscovered hope and a purpose for their lives.
Hope House of McAlester, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that attempts to moderate the negative impacts of apathy, lack of available services, and poverty on the population of McAlester, Oklahoma and beyond. Our organization’s projects, implemented by a well-trained staff, will offer many opportunities for the reduction of depravity and poverty through needed intervention. Supporting the development of mind, body, and soul, Hope House of McAlester, Inc. will provide as many individuals as possible with a thorough foundation for future success.
Statement of Faith
We believe in HOPE. Hope described in Romans 5, as a hope that will not disappoint. “For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given is the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” (Romans5:4-6 NLT)
We believe in the new commandment given by Christ in John 13. “Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” (John 13:34 NLT)
We believe caring for those in distress is at the very heart of God as described in James 1:27. “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.” (NLT)
We seek to follow his commandment to love one another by caring for those in distress desiring that each one will know the love of God that can give them HOPE at just the right time.
We also believe each individual is free to make his/her own decision regarding faith in Christ. Our Christian faith compels us to administer help and make our services and programs available to all in need regardless of their race, ethnic origin or religious belief.
Hope House of McAlester was designed to be more than just a safe place to stay, but a home in which women could progress to meet their personal and professional goals.
Hope House of McAlester chooses not to accept state or federal funding, it is able to operate as faith-based and also able to assign no specific time-limit to a resident’s stay. Meaning: a woman staying at Hope House may stay as long as she needs to, as long as she is showing progress and still has a need for assistance. Our founders were able to recognize that each woman is an individual and has individual needs; therefore, some possibly need more help than others. Setting their time of stay based on their need helps us to meet clients where they are in their journey to better assist them. It allows our staff to focus on quality of service and not just amount of persons served. It also allows our residents to focus completely on healing, growth, change and achieving goals such as: gaining employment, purchasing a vehicle and obtaining their own home.
Residents benefit from a variety of services and are required to participate in Hope House’s scheduled trainings and groups. Safe shelter, a Christ-focused environment, transportation, individual case management and in-house groups focusing on self-esteem, sobriety, nutrition and employment skills are some of the services Hope House of McAlester offers to each resident. We believe in accountability and the importance of being responsible when it comes to one’s self-sufficiency. Our program requires residents to participate in the services available and scheduled events such as: church services of their choice, morning meditation/fellowship meetings with the house and staff, weekly volunteer work in the community, exercise courses, house chores and employment or housing search. When a woman enters our program she must be able to pass a drug screening and will be subject to random drug screenings during her stay. Upon entry each woman will also participate in an individual case management assessment to asses her needs and also set goals the she wishes to achieve during her stay. Individual goals for wellness are also set; for example, clients who have a history of substance abuse or a mental health diagnosis may be required to attend substance abuse classes or a mental health assessment for counseling. Through follow-up meetings we are able to hold clients accountable for the goals they set in their case management assessment. We also make changes or set new goals according to their progress.