Lawndale Community Church Hope House/Nehemiah House


3827 W. Ogden  Chicago, Illinois 60623    

Phone: (773) 762-6389  Fax:(773) 762-5772    


The Hope House & Nehemiah Discipleship House Ministry

"Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come."
II Corinthians 5:17

Hope House was modestly established in 1995, in a two-bedroom apartment, with the capacity for serving only 4 men. In October 2000 we were able to dedicate a newly rehabbed, 24 bed facility to house this ministry.

Hope House is a residential program, designed to help equip and encourage men, striving to reenter society after prison and/or recovery from substance abuse, to be productive Kingdom men.

Through this ministry, the men are provided with foundational Biblical teachings, job readiness skills (such as interviewing techniques), and encouragement through a faith oriented 12-step support program.

After 3 months in Hope House, the men may work at one of our partnering employers, and they receive counseling in money management, savings, and Christian stewardship among other areas. Many of the men are reconciled to their spouses, children and/or other family during their enlistment in the program.

After a successful 9 months, the men may choose to move into the Nehemiah Discipleship House, where they continue to be guided and discipled as they learn long range planning and goal -setting. Other men move on to establish their own households.

Now with 50 men on the roster and many others on the waiting list, Hope House is currently filled to capacity. Since opening in 1995, Hope House has touched at least 2500 lives. Though not every story has had a happy ending (yet), we have seen God transform the lives of numerous men.



We estimate that about 90 percent of the men have completely recreated lives, and are enjoying productive, drug/alcohol free lives.


Gospel CD with testimonials of those coming out from under substance abuse and or prison. Praise and worship songs performed by the men of Hope House, a ministry of Lawndale Community Church in Chicago.

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Joseph Atkins, Jr.
Associate Pastor
Co-Founder of Hope House
Director of Hope House


Wardell Tate

Buildings & Grounds
Director of Nehemiah House

Lawndale Community Church
3827 W. Ogden Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60623
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