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 thousands of homeless men, women and children.
Project Hope has four programs, which include an overnight shelter for adults, a separate wing for families and children, an optional aftercare program, and our offsite senior care program at our Hope House.
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 80% of our guests leave the shelter for a better living situation.
Guests can also opt to participate in an aftercare program that 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 2019-2020 Board of Trustees are:
Thomas M. Park – Chair
Dan Ashmore – Vice-Chair
Rev. Dr. Mary Blank – Secretary
Rober Rader – Treasurer (interim)
Fr. Gerald Bednar – Trustee
Jason Grimm – Trustee
Mary Hofer – Trustee
Patrick Joyce – Trustee
Willi E. Morgan – Trustee
William (Billy) Walter – Trustee