How exciting it is to announce that we are celebrating our 15th year anniversary of providing Gospel-driven life transformation for the hungry, homeless, and addicted in Lenawee County. Who could have imagined all the great things God has done over these years to help make our community a better place to live.
It all began in 2005 when we opened the doors of our Broad St facility to help men experiencing homelessness and addiction. To date, we have provided safe shelter, food, care, and support to more than 1,100 men in our community. A few years later, in 2010, we began distributing food to our neighbors experiencing food insecurities through our Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry. As of today, more than one million pounds of food has been given away to more than 50,000 of our neighbors. That same year we launched our radio and podcast ministry—Word Made Flesh. In 2013 we launched our first social enterprise, Blessings & More Resale Store to help provide both revenues for the ministry as well as educational, vocational, and employment opportunities for the homeless. We began our Third Day Farm program in 2015 to help distribute fresh produce to those that cannot afford to purchase it. In 2016 we rebranded from Lenawee County Mission to Neighbors of Hope and launched our second social enterprise—a recycling operation called Blessings & More Baling Operation. In 2019 we secured property to relocate our Men’s Ministry, opened our Women and Children’s Ministry Center in Tecumseh, and launched Woven Hope, a women’s boutique, as our third social enterprise.
And here we are in 2020, celebrating 15 years of practicing the radical hospitality of Jesus to our neighbors who are hurting, homeless, and hungry. We could not have done any of this without caring and compassionate supporters like you. Thank you for being neighbors of hope and helping us help the most vulnerable in our community all these years. Will you please join us in celebrating this occasion and consider making a donation today? Your support helps change lives. Thank you again and God bless you.
Pastor Steven Palmer