Hope Emergency began in 1975 as a response to the need for food and clothing in an area of southern Ohio where there are few resources. Sr. Dorothy Thompson, OSU began collecting food and clothing for the poor. When Sr. Dorothy’s sister, Sr. Miriam Thompson, took over the program she utilized a corner of the basement of the Ursuline chapel. The location was changed a few times before it settled in Fayetteville at a former feed mill. Poor health forced Sr. Miriam to retire in 1995.
At that time Sr. Marjean Clement became the director of the program. By the year 2000 an 8 acre, three building site was acquired through bequests and special fund raising.
In December 2000 Sr. Marjean retired, from that time to the present Sr. Sandy Bates and Sr. Lucia Castellini have worked as co-directors of this growing program.
When Hope Emergency Program first opened its doors there was an average of 50 families a week. Today the weekly average has risen to nearly 250 families.
Over time the site has also evolved. Building 1, once used for all operations except the receiving of non food items, is now used to house the administration offices and dispense food. Building 2 has always been and still is the receiving building. This is the building that is now used as a clearing house to distribute non food items and direct donations to the appropriate location. Building 3, once used as storage, is now used to distribute the clothing and as a storage warehouse. Building 3 is also a staging area for special events such as yard sales and Christmas distributions.Share This With Your Friends