Welcome to the House of Hope Food and Clothing Ministry on the campus of First Baptist Church of Merritt Island!
Each week, the all-volunteer outreach meets the physical and spiritual needs of hundreds of households and the homeless. In addition to free food and clothing, the ministry provides bicycles and bike repairs; household goods and furnishings; showers; registration for food stamps and help receiving veterans benefits; chaplaincy; tents, backpacks and hygiene kits.
Services are provided from 6:45 am to 10:30 am on Mondays, at 345 Magnolia Avenue, Merritt Island.
Call 321-453-0318 for updates, or visit the House of Hope Facebook page.
In 2017, over 42,250 households received more than 2.8 million pounds of food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, non-perishables, meat, bread, and beverages.. Those households represent 98,887 individuals. An additional 1 million pounds of food was distributed to other outreaches, including the Under the Bridge program to feed the homeless, the Agape Pregnancy Center, Sister Ministries, and the Seafarer's Ministry.
Clients come from nearby communities, including Cocoa and Rockledge, and as far away as Titusville and Melbourne. They are unemployed (40 percent); seniors (25 percent); single-parent households (20 percent); and disabled, veterans and homeless (5 percent each).
House of Hope Ministry partners with Georgianna Methodist Church and Calvary Chapel, both on Merritt Island. Volunteers come from congregations throughout the county, and all walks of life.
Volunteer opportunities range from sorting and packaging food, preparing clothing for distribution, driving trucks to pick up pallets of food donations, registering clients, chaplaincy, repairing bicycles, and carting boxes of food to client's vehicles.
Help is needed between the hours of 5:30 am to 1:30 pm on Mondays, and 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesdays.
House of Hope is a drug-free and alcohol-free site.
The House of Hope is open every Monday, including holidays. It is only closed for Christmas or if weather forces the island to be closed.