Hope House closes at old location, moving to Holy Trinity

By: 
Patrick Fisher, The New Prague Times

Members of the New Prague Rotary Club, plus family, from left, Shannon Brusseau,
Cody Jacobson, Dan Jacobson, Emily Jacobson, Tonya Jacobson, Bob Hansen, Jessica Dohm and Luther Onken help move furniture from Hope House in New Prague on Tuesday, May 28. Hope House at 305 Columbus Ave. N in New Prague has served homeless families for five years. It is closing due to structural problems with the 1955 house. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

For five years Hope House at 305 Columbus Ave. N in New Prague has been a temporary residence for families that have been without a home. The 1955 house, across the street from Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague, provided a place for 72 families with 157 children to stay. Due to structural issues the building is being closed, but over the next few months Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will take up providing a place for families to stay.

According to a press release from Mayo Clinic Health System, it will be providing a grant to help offset the cost of hotel rooms in which Hope House families will stay beginning in June until the new location is ready later this year. The exact grant amount (approximately $3,000) will be determined based on the number of rooms needed.

“We are so pleased to help with some of the financial needs of Hope House as they make the transition to Holy Trinity,” said Laura Bowman, Mayo Clinic Health System regional director of community relations and development. “The organization does wonderful work in the community, and it has been our great pleasure to partner with them for five years.”

The structure on Columbus Avenue was once the house for nuns who worked at what was then Queen of Peace Hospital. When they transferred the hospital to Mayo Clinic Health System in 2011, the house was among the assets. In 2014, the building became....

To see more on this story pick up the June 20, 2019 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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