Sunday, November 25, 2007

House of Bethesda

Jerm’s Auntie April is doing an amazing thing. She bought this huge 7-bedroom house in Philly and is in the process of renovating it. She plans to fill it with women who have successfully completed rehabilitation and need a transitional place to stay. This whole project is a tremendous act of faith, and the Lord has met April at each step, continually reminding her that He’s a God of details.

To renovate a broken down house is one thing (I know), to make a six figure investment in real estate is another thing, and to want to “get involved” with supporting “high risk” women is definitely another thing, each daunting in their own right. Roll all three of these factors into one decision and you have someone who is either crazy, or strung out on faith. I’m happy to report that April falls into the latter of the two categories. Her faith is inspiring!

Five of the 7 bedrooms will need to be outfitted for 2 women (2 twin beds and 2 dressers/armoires). The house is currently empty and needs everything. . Beds/mattresses/sheets (for 11), dressers, window treatments, towels, pots, pans, etc…etc… Dirt and I are sponsoring a room. If you are interested in sponsoring a room or even just donating an item (or financial gift) please let me know and we’ll find a way to get it from your hands into the House of Bethesda. (Gifts are tax deductible).

The need is imminent; our hope is that the house would be occupied by Christmas. Please remember April and this project in your prayers.

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MOM said...

That is an amazing undertaking! Good for you April!

Kristy & John said...

You know, it is amazing to me the beautiful houses that are in the not so nice places of Philly that are so run down. Can you imagine if a house like that was in like Elkins Park or even Glenside what it would be worth? It is a shame that the city has so many run down places. It is promising to know that with people like your Aunt, these places can become more safe and beautiful one house at a time!! I would love to donate some linens - where is it located?

T5M said...

West Philly Jones. I'll send you the address. Most of the beds will be twin size. Anything you can provide would be appreciated!

I'll e-mail you the exact address...and we'll figure out how to get your linens there...

You rock!

~Seth & Nancy~ said...

there are some amazing houses in philly. i showed seth and he said the house had "good bones" and was wondering what happened to the other half of it :-) it's crazy how one half can burn down and the other half is perfectly fine.

TheKeyRing said...

Erin --I have someone who has nearly an entire house of things to donate -- please get the information to me ASAP and/or a contact who may be able to pick the stuff up --we're talking furniture, clothing, household goods, etc., etc., all in really good condition.

barbarakuhn said...

Would your Aunt want some Christian books? I may be able to arrange some reading material through friends at church? Maybe you can send her email address and I can make a contact with her directly.

T5M said...

April is very interested in your support! Thanks to all who have generously offered!

Pam, I e-mailed you asking for a number. April can give you a call, or I can give you her number and someone can call her.

Kristy & Mrs. Kuhn, I'm not sure of the best way to get your donations to April. What would be easiest for you? Please shoot me an e-mail and let me know!

Thanks for your help!