Many families travel from around the country and the world to come to Houston’s famous Texas Medical Center for treatment. While here dealing with diagnoses and treatment, they are removed from their support systems of family and friends during a most difficult time in their lives. Houston’s First Baptist Church seeks to come alongside those families by offering housing, encouragement, and fellowship for the duration of their stay.
The Hope Houses are located in an apartment complex within 10 minutes of the Texas Medical Center. While being our guests, families are in a safe home environment. Our Hope House Ministry endeavors to provide as much support and contact with the body of Christ to patients and their families by connecting them with other Houston's First ministries such as Life Bible Study groups, Fitness and Recreation facilities, Pastoral Care Hospital Visitors, Stephen Ministers, CanHope Ministry, and many more.
Our prayer is that the patient and family members will see their time with Hope House as a journey to trust God more with their life and circumstances.
"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."— Exodus 14:14
Requests are subject to approval and availability — there are no guarantees when requesting specific dates on the required Reservations Request Form. There is often a waiting list because of the high demand for our housing.
Once space becomes available…
The staff will schedule a personal interview with the patient and caregiver. Preferably this takes place in person in Houston. However, it can be scheduled as a Zoom interview. After the interview, the staff will issue a formal invitation for the applicant to be our guest. Upon arrival in Houston, a check-in meeting is scheduled. Guests come to the Pastoral Care office to complete paperwork, signing a Guest Agreement for Short Term Housing. A refundable damage deposit is required at that time. Then, the staff takes the guest to the assigned Hope House. Addresses are not given out prior to arrival. Incoming guests are processed during weekday office hours. Only upon leaving Hope House, an exit visit is scheduled with the staff.
"Do not be discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s."— 2 Chronicles 20:15