For years, House of Hope Wichita has received phone calls, faxes, employment requests and even legal notices from those who confused the nonprofit organization with a for-profit business with a nearly identical name.
Following the recent shutdown of the for-profit business, House of Hope – which offered daycare for adults with disabilities – the nonprofit now has many concerned that it has shut down.
“We’re completely different,” said Kimberly Snapp, executive director of House of Hope Wichita. “ … People have perpetually confused us.”
Snapp’s local Christian ministry stems from the non-denominational National House of Hope, which got its start in Orlando, Fla., more than 10 years ago. House of Hope Wichita’s mission is to “restore passion, love, honor and respect to the home,” according to the organization’s website.
“We have four areas of service,” Snapp said, “counseling, parenting classes, prayer ministry and teen leadership classes.”
House of Hope Wichita, located near Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph, can serve up to 45 clients at a time. Although it originally served only teens, the group now has clients of all ages.
“Some of them are physically harming themselves,” Snapp said. “So many of those behaviors are an outlet for the emotional pain. So if you can help them deal with the emotional pain, then they don’t need the drugs or the alcohol or the physical pain.”
Snapp said House of Hope Wichita plans to become a residential facility by late summer or early fall of next year. But for now, it is focused on clearing up the confusion between the two Houses of Hope and letting people know it is still in business.
“We’re still alive and well,” Snapp said. “That’s not us.”