As a resident at House of Hesed for one year, I cannot tell you how much this house gives to all. It is a refuge for all who come here. Not only did it nourish my body, but my Spirit as well. Over the year I learned how to live with others. Also that the staff here are so giving in so many ways. It was so great as I was able to give back in some ways to all there lived here too. I enjoyed cooking and barbecuing on Sat. nights and even helping to teach one of the staff how to prepare various meals.
This house gives so much and it is so NEEDED in this time to help people like me. I have grown so much in this year and have learned how to let go of anger. As for the staff, I cannot express how I feel, they are always there to see that we are taken care of. I have made true friendships that will last beyond living in the house.
To sum it up in one word House of Hesed offers LOVE to all. Living at Hesed is a year I will never forget. I am moving into independent housing but I am grateful for my time at House of Hesed and will never forget it.
We are grateful to the House of Hesed and the staff and wish there were more places like this for people living with HIV/AIDS. I do not know how we would have coped without this place and the home they provided for our Father. We enjoyed visiting him here, because they treated us as part of their extended family.
A Family Member of a Resident who passed away 2002
My name is Wanda and I’ve lived with HIV and Hepatitis C for eighteen years now. It’s had its ups and downs, but I’m still surviving. Moe saved me from the cold. I’ve been sober and crack free for a long time now that I’ve let Jesus in. There’s no more worrying so much anymore. I love this house; my room is huge so it feels like a small apartment with two big windows. I love looking outside to take away any bad thoughts. I finally found serenity and when I need something I ask. Sometimes it takes a while, but I wait.
Wanda, Former Resident
“I see God every time I am at House of Hesed. Whether it is through residents helping one another or listening to each other’s care and concerns, or through my supervisor expressing genuine and deep gratitude for every little bit of help that comes her way. Although I am sure there are tough times living in a community setting, the people at the house really seem to love one another without judgment. They listen to each other’s stories and help one another out. They are an example to me of Christ likeness, even if they don’t know it.”
Jaclyn Wynne, Salvation Army Cadet
Interning at House of Hesed
“That Hebrew word “Hesed” has been translated into a variety of terms in the English language, as you well know; loving kindness, and mercy to name a few. The entire history of God’s covenantal relationship with Israel can be summarized in terms of that word. So, while covenant loyalty may seem like an odd expression, it consistently refers to action done out of a loving heart. And that, for me, epitomizes the good work that YOU and the support STAFF do at “House of Hesed.”
Rev. Dr. Scott Bullerwell, Lead Pastor,
Immanuel Pentecostal Church
The love and kindness that was showered upon me while I was a resident in part gave me back hope and without hope we have no purpose and without purpose we have no life.
Living at Hesed for 18 months has given me back things that I had lost many years ago. First of all my healing both physically and spiritually, I personally believe that without the support of this ministry my life would have been lost forever. Secondly, the ability to love again, I had lost that ability to love. Love God, myself, my family, and those close around me. Thanks to Hesed and that unconditional love that radiates there I was able to heal my broken spirit. Now I’m in love with God again, I have a closer bond with my family and I’m in a relationship, something I never thought would be possible again. But mostly I love myself.
So in closing I want you to remember that Hesed gives Hope, Hesed gives Agape love, Hesed gives Compassion but most importantly Hesed gives Life. Hesed gave me back the life that I had lost a long time ago.