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2001 to Present - Hope Alive

Hope Alive is a grassroots transitional housing ministry, a place of hope, growth and redemption for women who need structure and accountability to get on their feet and become self-sufficient. It provides apartment housing in three buildings, along with comprehensive services to help homeless women improve their mental, emotional, spiritual and behavioral health in order to become self-sufficient members of the community. The program shares the love of Christ with women who desperately need a safe, family-like environment where they can heal and grow.

Hope Alive has been receiving community grant monies from The Lutheran Foundation for 20 years, including half the funding to purchase Hope Alive’s second residential home in 2002. That home houses six women, an emergency room, and a residential advisor.

Executive Director Betty Kahlenbeck calls Hope Alive a three-quarter house. “We’re not set up to be a halfway house,” she says. “Women need to be clean and sober for six months before they can come here.” Women arrive at Hope Alive through a variety of connections - Parkview Behavioral Health referral, an appointment from drug court or probation, or other recommendations that help women start over.

“Thanks to the support of The Lutheran Foundation, we have been able to expand beyond providing just housing,” says Kahlenbeck. “We’ve been able to add a case manager, expand the number of beds from four to 16, and have a counselor for all the women who come here. We appreciate The Lutheran Foundation’s commitment to mental health healing and growth and housing women who need to live in a safe environment to heal and transition back into society.”