When we first dreamed about the Give Hope 2 Kids property, there weren't that many buildings in the plans. We thought of 5 kids homes (we have 3 currently), a storage shed, a place for volunteers to sleep, and an office, and we had most of those buildings up after two years. As our vision expands though, so do the number of buildings we need!
Adding community outreach to the dream of Give Hope 2 Kids is one of the biggest ways we've grown. With that expanded vision we not only needed a Library and an Activity Center, but more housing for more workers. So, right now we are constructing a duplex. This will house a new volunteer family coming to join us as well as our single, female volunteers and university students. We are flying through this building, hoping to finish quickly for our new volunteer family, the Bakers, who will be joining us soon.
Recently we put the roof on our community kitchen. Getting this building together and outfitted is one of our big projects for the year. We are excited for the future of this kitchen and what it means for our ministry.
The community kitchen will help us process the foods that we grow, as well as produce homemade things, instead of paying higher grocery store prices. We have plans to make our own bread, peanut butter, snacks, and more. Plus we already pastuerize our own milk, make our own cheese, and butcher our own meat, and this will a better space for those tasks.
Eventually we will make one meal a day in the community kitchen and distribute it to everyone here. Then, the house-moms can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the kids. So, for all those reasons, we're looking forward to completing this building in the upcoming months.
We want to say a big thanks to all our faithful supporters who believe in our ministry. Thanks to you we can keep building and keep expanding the vision of Give Hope 2 Kids as God directs us.