Client Testimony #1
Client Testimony #2
Client Testimony #3
February 25, 2020
God’s master plan brought me to a Christian men’s shelter called Hope Awaits Ministries in North Bay, Ontario. My emergency needs were simply a roof over my head and 3 meals a day. However, I found much more than shelter and food, I found God’s purpose for my life.
Here is my story… I visited the shelter’s website and found out that intake is between 5:30 pm and 6 pm daily as a walk-in. I showed up at that time and then the friendly staff conducted an intake application in the form of a short 25 minute interview. During the interview I was asked what my housing needs were, what was my situation, criminal record check, and my goals in life.
I was told that I was accepted into the house and moved in the following day. When I arrived we filled out some paperwork and went over house policies. I was so grateful to find a housing solution so quickly that my stress was gone immediately. My parents and family lived out of town, so I did not have any other options to fall back on, I would have been homeless if it were not for Hope Awaits Ministries men’s shelter. I experienced God’s first miracle, with many more to be revealed.
Hope Awaits gave me an opportunity to push the reset button on my life. At the shelter I was called by God to participate in unlimited Bible studies (some days twice a day, sometimes 6 days a week), meal time and group prayer, personal growth through reading scripture, snow shoveling, house chores, and meal cooking for my shelter family.
Through Hope Awaits I discovered Lakeshore Evangelical Missionary Church. At the church I received fellowship and accountability, I learned the power of prayer and communing with God, worship of God, and had the opportunity to volunteer several times.
Once I said yes to Jesus, I could not get enough Jesus. My story is still being written and God is my author.
Client Testimony #4
September 20, 2022
I tried to get in to some other shelters in North Bay, but they were all full. Years ago I had been to another shelter and it was a very different feel. It felt very open and lots of people coming and going and obviously people in different situations and families. For myself, this being a men’s only shelter was very comforting for me that I didn’t have to worry about interfering in other people’s lives in a vulnerable time; I felt that I could be myself being where I’m at here.
When asking for help, it’s very tough to do and they make you feel very comfortable and cared for by the help that they offer here.
I’ve seen from the short time that I’ve been staying here how they’ve helped different people in my situation with their particular issues that they need to deal with. I’ve seen how they reach out to the community with people that come to the door. It’s a very caring, very loving environment. I feel very comfortable here; it doesn’t feel like a shelter; it feels more like a home environment.
I would like to say the staff here have made it really comfortable to be here. Honestly when I first came to the door I didn’t know what to expect. They’re very welcoming and have been very helpful in helping me figure out what I need to do to progress back into not being homeless. I’ve been given a safe environment and warm roof over my head, so it’s been very nice.