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House of Hope to remain hidden

Restoration home for women opens up; location kept secret

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Linda Vickers is the executive director of Rachel’s House of Hope, a restoration home for homeless women and women in transition.

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Linda Vickers is the executive director of Rachel’s House of Hope, a restoration home for homeless women and women in transition. Photo Store

A new home for homeless women and women in transition opened on Nov. 1 — but its exact location will remain a secret.

Rachel’s House of Hope will be opening its doors to women who are without homes or going through transitions. The home is designed to provide stability and encourage these women to take their next step.

Marilyn, who didn’t want to provide her last name, is organizing a fundraising event called "Season of Hope: An Evening of Encouragement and Entertainment" for this new restoration home on Nov. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the International Worship Centre (1077 St. James St.). Coffee, tea, and dainties will be served at the fundraiser.

"There will also be a keynote speaker," Marilyn added.

Individual tickets are $25, or two tickets can be bought for $40. Call Marilyn at 204-791-6154 to purchase tickets.

Linda Vickers, executive director of Rachel’s House of Hope, said there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lincoln Motor Hotel (1030 McPhillips St.) on Nov. 17 — though that is not the location of the restoration house.

Vickers said it’s important to keep the location of Rachel’s House of Hope a secret because "it’s a secure house." For the safety of the women at Rachel’s House of Hope, their location must not be known.

For women who want to learn more about Rachel’s House of Hope, or to apply for a spot, Vickers said they will have to sign up at rachelshouseofhope.ca

"There is an application process," Vickers said. "They can contact us just by sending us an email to let us know what their story is."

Rachel’s House of Hope is only accepting women over the age of 18. These women will take part in a 40-week program to help them change their lives for the better.

If they don’t have access to a computer, they can get in touch with Rachel’s House of Hope through various agencies.

"Our mission statement is ‘to walk with women, one step at a time while providing a house of restoration in a supportive, safe environment,’" Vickers said.

Rachel’s House of Hope will be offering many resources and services, such as mentoring, life skills, discipleship, and overall personal health and wholeness. There will also be support groups and recreation.

Vickers is also planning on building more Rachel’s Houses for Hope around the city in the future, although she’s not sure how many just yet.

"We’ll see. I don’t know," she said.

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