The Field of Hope is a non-profit organization which supports socially disadvantaged families through programs and faith-based growth. We have a heart for people and a desire to see our community and world change for the better. We offer a variety of services including counseling, drug prevention, community outreach, and more.
Our goal at the Field of Hope is to breathe new life into our community and to assist families in our area which have been ravaged by poverty, drug and substance abuse, and so much more. Our humble beginnings are leading to great things by the grace of God. Originally, we assisted with drug prevention and recovery programs, participated in community outreach. Now we have an operational counseling center and plans for significant future expansion.
We have been given a vision by God: to restore the property where the Field of Hope Community Campus sits so that it can be a safe haven for many people. This vision is a parallel of how God restores and rejuvenates people. The healing and restorative power of Jesus Christ rehabilitates those who are broken, devastated, abandoned, and forgotten, giving them new life, power, significance, importance, and acceptance. There does not exist a building more appropriate than the old North Gallia High School to demonstrate this. Click here to read more about the parallel between this building and our lives.
The prevalence and spread of drug abuse is a major concern for our nation, our community, our future, and our children. We are aware of the rising number of people that partake in substance abuse and we recognize that it stems from a hurt or need that has not been met. We exist to help care for these people and help them to meet their needs without abusing substances. We do not want the following statistics to be true any more.
We have been placed in a position where we can help. Our team members and community supporters have a heart for helping those that are riddled with unsurmountable difficulties and face adversity daily. We aim to help families reverse the destructive lifestyles that have resulted from drug dependence and other hurts, habits, and hangups. Check out our counseling services that intend to do just that.
The completion of our community center will provide a more significant base of operations. This will allow for us to host activities and provide services that require large spaces.
One such service we will be able to house is a youth center with sports activities. The gymnasium in the old NGHS will allow for us to provide a safe community center where our children can play and socialize. This will help disadvantaged children to find hope and gain aspiration for their lives. To learn about other future improvements click here
The Field of Hope and our counselors are certified by the State of Ohio. Our facility offers counseling for adults struggling with alcohol, drug and substance abuse.
Hope House is the name of our women’s inpatient residential treatment center. It can house up to 16 women and is staffed 24/7 with house managers who hold CDCA credentials. Residents participate in various activities and meetings both on and off campus.
Our outpatient counseling services are offered to men and women; the offices are located in the main office complex which is located in the rear section of the old high school building. Both inpatient and outpatient counseling services include the following:
Our clinicians work with our clients to define any issues or problems, so we can give them the proper care they deserve.
We explore the needs of the client and create an action plan to meet those needs. We also work with the client to establish goals and remain in close communication to help them achieve those goals.
Trained clinicians help clients through difficult times, ensuring they receive proper care and treatment.
We offer group counseling services that allow clients to interact with one another. Theses services can facilitate change and help clients acquire new coping mechanisms and skills to aid in sobriety.
We offer individual one-on-one counseling services to assist in working through a client's rehabilitating issues. These are fully confidential meetings intended on restoring the client's life in a respectful manner.
We participate in and are partnered with a number of community outreach programs. If you or a loved one is in need of assistance we can provide you with help or point you in the right direction.
We are partnered with the Gallia Strong Tower program at Vinton Baptist to assist with the prevention of drug abuse and aid in the recovery of those who are addicted.
We are heavily involved in the Food Pantry at Vinton Baptist. We understand the prevalence of poverty in our area and the need to combat such issues in whatever way possible.
We have assembled a team of passionate, dedicated, and experienced counselors and board members to provide services to our clients and guidance for the Field of Hope as it grows.
There are many verses in the Bible that discuss God’s love for us. There are also many verses that tell us to love one another. In fact, John 13:34 commands us to do just that. As a counselor I can help individuals, their families, our community, and even help fight against our great nation’s opioid epidemic. Being a counselor allows me to help humankind and love the way the one that died for us would do.
I became a counselor because I wanted to help people who felt they were broken. I grew up in a home where I was physically and mentally abused by alcoholic parents. I know what it's like to feel broken, but I also know what it's like to overcome. Hopefully, I can help others overcome too.
I became a counselor to be able to pay the hope forward that I once received.
God instilled in me a desire to work in the ministry of addiction long before I ever became a counselor. I am blessed that today my ministry is also my job. I do what I do because I can remember vividly the feeling of being lost. I didn't know that I was created with purpose and God had plan to use me for that purpose from the beginning. Without realizing it, I sought out everything I could to fill a hole only God could. My life verse is Luke 1:45: "Blessed is she who believes in the promises of the Lord." Once I grabbed a hold of the Hope of His promises my life turned around. My prayer is that God will use me as a catalyst to ignite a sense of purpose, instill hope, and encourage those who are lost to look toward the promises that await them if they continue to do the next right thing.
I love addicts. We are a special kind of people. Watching someone in a hole find that sliver of hope again is amazing. I know what it is like to be hopeless and lifeless; I like to try and help others find hope, a piece of happiness and the "new kind of normal" for us. I have seen so many talented good-hearted people cast aside; just thinking about their potential makes me smile, I want them to see their potential too. Most have just never been told they are worthy. When I was there my mother was my biggest supporter, it helped me so much to know someone cared. If no one else in your life cares, I want you to know that I do!!! Joshua 1:9 "This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
I do what I do because I believe god’s purpose for me is to shed light for a darkened community. I believe the challenge for myself and the Field of Hope is to break the chains that are binding our community. “Today is a new day. It will bring brand new blessings and brand-new battles. But within every uncertainty there is hidden possibility. So, I don’t dread any challenge that lies ahead because I remember all the victories behind and my confidence is not in my circumstance. The spirit of God is my supply.” Steven Furtick
Loralee Carmichael possesses a degree in office technology and a number of financial and insurance training certifications. She is the current owner of multiple businesses and has has experience owning and operating previous businesses as well. She has greatly invested in our community with her membership and involvement in the Gallipolis Rotary Club, Vinton Baptist Church and the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce.
Kevin Dennis is the Executive Director of the Field of Hope where he oversees the construction at the campus as well as the management of the currently operating counseling center. Prior to his involvement with the Field of Hope, Kevin was an Environmental/Industrial Hygiene Plant Support Manager at AEP where he managed a budget of over $5 million. Kevin, and his wife Sandy, are certified counselors under the American Association of Christian Counselors and assist with the Gallia Strong Tower ministry.
Judy Jones has been a life-long member of Gallia county and has an interest in its success and the success and health of its people. Judy has training in being a nurse's aid home health care provider. In addition to serving on the Field of Hope board, Judy was a founding member of the Gallia Guarding Angels Childcare board. She has also served as the Secretary of the Gallia County Republican Party for 14years.
John Jones is our director of Buildings and Grounds and has been involved with our cause since its founding. John served in the Navy and obtained a degree in business administration. He is currently the treasurer of Vinton Baptist Church and is serving as our treasurer, as well. John's wife, Judy, is also a board member and he, like her, has been a lifelong resident of Gallia county.
Heath Jenkins is a Gallia County native and the lead pastor at Vinton Baptist Church. Heath possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Ministry from Ohio Christian University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. He is a seventh generation Gallia Countian who loves his home and is passionate about seeing it restored from its drug infestation and poverty stricken condition.
We are currently in an exciting season of growth. We are building a team of highly passionate individuals that are eager to fight and combat the addiction that has taken hold of so many families. We currently have open positions and we are always looking for people that have similar passions to us. If you are interested in joining our team, click the button to the left and you can browse open positions or send us a request to join our team when we have the need for and resources to compensate your talents.
These are questions we are asked all of the time. Often, we encounter cynical or uninformed people who are critical of our cause and our community. They have lost hope for our community and for the people which have been so negatively impacted. Most people don't associate Gallia county with the location for a rehabilitation center and most people don't consider remodeling a completely devastated building a smart decision. However, we find this creates the perfect parallel for what Jesus has done in our lives. Jesus didn't make us come to meet him, he was right there. We want to establish a center in an area of need where people don't have to make grand arrangements to get the help they need. More importantly, Jesus didn't tell us we were too broken: He restored the life that was already there. We feel our choices are a living, active, and physical illustration of what Jesus has done for us.
We often think of only physical health when we consider the concept, but we recognize there are several other categories of health including emotional/mental health and spiritual health.
The use and abuse of drugs and other substances can negatively impact one's body and bodily functions. We help our clients recognize the physical benefits they will reap from overcoming addiction. We also help them develop a healthy sober lifestyle.
Often overlooked, drugs can affect one's mental acuity and alter emotional states. We work with clients to help rehabilitate their mental strength. We also help clients handle and cope with overwhelming emotions. We help our clients establish strong emotional boundaries for the future.
We strongly support the spiritual health of our clients. As a Christian-based center we help our clients find and discover God. It is our belief that God changes and restores people in ways that are impossible for humans.
We release updates from time to time on the progress that is being made at the Field of Hope, called the Field of Hope Flash. Here you can read the latest Flash, or revisit a previous Flash.
Check out these amazing testimonies from people whose lives have been positively impacted by the Field of Hope and our partners.
My life before arriving at the Hope House was unmanageable and in a downward spiral. Stuck in addiction; I had overdosed, was in and out of jail, had lost my home my family and my daughter. I was broken, wore down, I was tired of life I had nothing left to lose. I eventually reached the point of just not caring if I died. I heard about the Field of Hope and decided to give it a try. Here I am three months later, and I am not the same person who walked through those doors. Now I have something I never had before, hope. Life today is wonderful, I have developed a relationship with God. My family is now a part of my life. Everyday is better than the day before. The girls here are like family; the counselors care and are here for us through it all. Being sober is wonderful. Without God and the Field of Hope I may not be here today. I now love myself and others. I believe this place saved my life. This is the good life!
My life was really crazy before if came to the Hope House. I was mad all the time; I hated my life and myself. I was lost, broken and in pain. I had a hole in my heart that I tried to fill with drugs. I put my kids, my family and myself through so much. In 2017 I lost my mom and my brother, and my life got worse, so did my addiction. When I arrived at the Hope House I was nervous. But since I’ve been here I have found a good family in the other Hope House girls; they are great and a shoulder to cry on. The counselors and staff have big hearts and they care. I am grateful to get a second chance.
I came to the Hope House angry at myself, knowing this was my fifth rehab facility. I had been to a faith-based rehab before, but it just didn’t click. So, after an overdose and court order by the judge, I was placed in the Field of Hope. They taught me who Jesus really was. On Christmas Eve, when my daughter rolled the family van and everyone inside came out without a scratch God’s power and might was undeniable. Recovery finally makes sense.
Hope House was my cocoon. I entered the house on September 21st, 2017. I was broken, angry, addicted to drugs and guilty of drug dealing. Through six months of intense soul searching, surrender, submission and sacrifice to Jesus Christ I have found freedom. For the first time in 36 years I feel whole, complete, worthy and loved. I’ve learned to trust God completely. Everyday He shows me He’s given me the power within to be reborn; I’ve become a butterfly. God has taken me from dope dealer to Hope Dealer.
The Vinton Food Pantry has been a great help for me to make ends meet. The people are really great and the atmosphere is comfortable. God bless and may the donations continue to flow toward their good work.
I have been coming to the Food Pantry and I really enjoy the greeting I get from the people and I really appreciate the help I get. After I lost my husband, everyone has been so good to me. I am really glad the lady comes around and prays for people and asks if she can help with anything. This is a very good place for people who are in need.
I have been coming to the Food Pantry. All the women here are so friendly and helpful. I thank them and appreciate their kindness. The food they give us is very helpful with me living on a very limited income and always run out of food during the month. I thank the Lord for this food pantry and for all the ones who give their time to have it. It is a blessing from God.
Below are some of the organization and entities which we work closely with. We want to thank them for their continued support and we encourage you to get in touch with them to see what they can do for you.
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