In 1999, a ministry of Loveland Church called Storehouse of Blessings began with a small group of volunteers headed by Herbert Johnson and his wife Berthia. They began feeding the homeless and less fortunate in Santa Monica, California. They initially began feeding on Saturday of each week, serving 100 meals. Soon they expanded by adding 125 meals a week in San Bernardino, California and then an additional 100-125 meals a month at “Tent City” near the Ontario Airport. As awareness of the need grew, so did the team of volunteers willing to help. These services soon grew to include sleeping bags, toiletry kits and clothing. It quickly became painfully apparent that many of the people being served were in need of programs directed towards recovery from addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Today, Storehouse of Blessings is still serving the Inland Empire (San Bernardino/Riverside County area). Harold Patton and Chuck Singleton (Senior Pastor of Loveland Church), saw the need to take these services to a higher level. The plan is to acquire a facility to provide housing, life skills training, employment preparation, drug education, professional counseling, referral services, transportation, spiritual development and recovery programs.
Having once been homeless myself and having worked with the homeless since 2000, I’ve gained a fairly good understanding of their plight. Providing hot meals and basic needs are good and needed. However, Pastor Chuck Singleton and I see a far greater need. We want to help those who desire to be helped to get off the ground and regain their esteem once again.
Based on my past experience, I strongly believe that House of HOPE will help them do just that.
Harold G. Patton
President/House of HOPE Executive Board