If you know or read the Hope House Montgomery story, you know that Hope House Detroit was the inspiration of what we are hoping to bring about in Montgomery.
Through many prayers and conversations, Becky and Gary Gentry (Hope House Detroit founders) encouraged the start, supplied the foundational programming and materials, and pledged support. Hope House Detroit (Hopehousedetroit.org) is in its 12th year serving its neighborhood in Detroit with three locations. HHD hosts reading, mentoring, internships, scholarships, a neighborhood playground, weekend activities, and whatever they might imagine helping their community, along with their neighbors and friends.
Becky and Gary visited early in the process to help look for a home in Highland Park and fan the dream of a Hope House Montgomery into a flame. That was January 28, 2021. One year ago! Hard to believe all this happened in the middle of the pandemic?
Almost to the year, January 21, 2022, the Gentrys traveling through Alabama came to see their child - Hope House Montgomery! Becky and Gary got a tour of the newly renovated and occupied HHM and the Intern Cottage at 430 Polk Street. In all our excitement of sharing life and possibilities, we had forgotten to take a photo, so off Kila, Kiara, and I went to find the Gentrys B&B and get a picture to document the moment.
It was great fun, and Kila made us all smile and laugh!