Home of Hope closes its doors

SANDUSKY After 10 years, The Home of Hope has closed its doors for good. Because of f
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

After 10 years, The Home of Hope has closed its doors for good.

Because of financial and health reasons, the Reverend Doris Troup decided it was time for her to retire at the end of October and close the Home as well.

"We've been struggling with finances for a decade. I'd seen that it was going to be a struggle that much more," she said. "We were going from month to month, and I didn't want to get behind in bills or taxes. We came out with bills paid."

Troup had open-heart surgery two years ago and a heart attack in February. She said she is now in good health and would like to focus more on staying healthy.

The doors closed Oct. 19 after the last group of women graduated from the program Oct. 12.

The Home of Hope helped rehabilitate, educate and rejuvenate women who suffered from any addiction through its Life Renewal Program.

Up to six women lived in the house at a time and were under supervision 24 hours a day.

The Home's goal was to prepare each woman to re-enter society as seamlessly as possible. Nearly 50 women have graduated from the program in the last five years.

Troup said she is grateful to the community for the support they've shown for the Home of Hope during the past 10 years.

"I know I've done what God wanted me to do," Troup said. "It was a ministry, and that ministry was fulfilled. I have peace, and I know I did what God wanted."

She said she plans to work on other projects in the future, but isn't sure what they are yet.