House of Hope Graduates 12 Men

It was a joyful celebration of personal accomplishment for twelve of the men of House of Hope, a substance abuse treatment center in Wildwood, on Friday evening, September 15th.  The men were honored by more than 200 Villagers and family members for achieving the hardest thing they had ever done – breaking the chains that bound them to their addictions. After completing the year-long program offered at House of Hope, these 12 men will enter the longest phase of their life-plan:  living a clean life without their addiction–one day at a time.

Len Robertson, President of the House of Hope Board, spent several minutes recognizing many of the dynamic volunteers who give their time and talents to the program. A special thanks was given to Pastor Malcolm Mosley, Director of House of Hope, for his work and efforts on behalf of the men.

Pastor Don Winters of Hope Community Church opened the evening with prayer. Words of encouragement were presented by Pastor Brad Harter of North Lake Presbyterian Church. Pastor Harter told the men that they should always trust in the Lord and thank Him every day. He reminded them that they have a support system at House of Hope if they need it.

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U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster was the Commencement Speaker and urged the men to move forward making wise choices. “Listen to your heart as you make choices and not those who are negative influences.” He urged the men to remember what they had learned at House of Hope and to build on it.

The evening then had one of its most emotional moments as “John”, one of the graduates, spoke of his current life and how hard he worked to get there. John reminded the students of House of Hope that he was sitting in the audience with the other students last year at graduation. Through his adhering to the program and working hard at it, he has a good life and is working two jobs that he enjoys. He has achieved things he never thought possible and is moving forward.

After the official graduation program and granting of diplomas, the men performed a song of faith and hope. The fervor of their performance moved the audience to join in the singing and give the men a standing ovation. A reception was held in the Fellowship Hall at Hope Lutheran Church.

House of Hope is a nonprofit residential substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping men reclaim their lives from addictive behaviors, while healing their families and making better communities. House of Hope welcomes men without regard to background or addiction and helps guide them to a path of health and wholeness in Christ; arriving broken but leaving whole.

House of Hope holds a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit designation
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