Ground Broken For New Manna House Ministries House of Hope for Women

The Board of Directors of Manna House Ministries were joined by several supporters and friends on Friday, May 19 to break ground for their new “House of Hope” facility for women.

After years of on and off planning and several setbacks, ground was finally broken on Friday, May 19 for the new “House of Hope” for women at Manna House Ministries in Jamestown.

Following the event, Joe Wheeler, Manna House Ministries Board of Directors Chairman, commented:  “It’s been a long time coming.  This is something that was originally part of the plan at Manna House, and things have delayed over the yeas, but God has renewed this in Lee’s and Billy’s hearts and we’re getting behind them, and we’re going to see this house for women built on this property to minister to these ladies coming out of jail, because there’s such a tremendous need to help these ladies transition back to life in the community.”

When asked if they had a timetable established for completion of the project, Wheeler said: “We’re still in the process of working with the city to get building permits and taking care of all the required paperwork, but we’ll get started on the foundation just as soon as we get all that done, and get the plans approved by the building inspector.”

Lee Brown, Executive Director of Manna House Ministries, also commented on the project, stating:  “When Manna House was first established, it was actually planned to serve as a treatment center, but we kept running into roadblocks, so we sort of put that on the back burner, but low and behold, about 3 years ago, God put that back into my spirit to start a halfway house, that was actually going to be for men to start out with, but it was just more than I wanted to take on at that time, so I just threw it in a drawer, and when everything happened, here, I was in the chapel praying one day, and God brought it back into my spirit again, and I told Him that if He wanted it to come to pass, to give me the people to do it, and that’s when Billy and Felicia came on board and they came into my office one day and said that God was telling them that we need to build a house here, and I pulled the plans out of the drawer and threw it over to them and said that it was already in the plans but they were going to have to help me.”

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