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home : news : news September 30, 2014

2/11/2014 10:28:00 AM
House of Hope introduces new ED
BRYAN BRADDOCK TAKES THE REIGNS OF THE HOUSE OF HOPE OF THE PEE DEE
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BRYAN BRADDOCK TAKES THE REIGNS OF THE HOUSE OF HOPE OF THE PEE DEE
Brenda Harrison
Editor

After two weeks as the new executive director of the House of Hope of the Pee Dee, Bryan Braddock is pumped and excited about the many positives in this ministry. “I see a diversity in church support with many different denominations coming together for a common good and this is very encouraging to me,” he said last week. “We couldn’t do without support from our churches and the community.” Braddock is also encouraged by the long-term commitment of the staff. “Generally, we see a high turnover in direct service ministries, but the majority of the staff have been here four or five years plus. These are dedicated people who have a real heart for this ministry,” he noted. One of Bryan’s immediate goals is to re-educate the community about the House of Hope and what it does for the community.

“We want to re-spark public interest in this ministry,” he added. The House of Hope of the Pee Dee is a non-profit Christian-based ministry that provides food, shelter, clothing and other services to homeless men, women and their children. The ministry operates a facility for women and their children at 2000 W. Darlington Street, a shelter for men in Elim, and the Mission Mart at 931 S. Irby Street which is a resale shop that helps support the ministry. “We are not in this for the short term – we are here for the long-haul,” Braddock noted. “We want to see our residents walk out as an active church member, with a job, and with their own permanent address.” Another goal is to work more directly with other ministries to provide a holistic approach and network for the homeless in our area. “We all need each other,” he stressed. Braddock, a native of Florence is married to Tracey and they have four daughters, Hannah, 13, Haley, 10, Hayden, 8 and Holly, 18 months.

He is a 1990 graduate of South Florence High and 1996 graduate of Francis Marion University. He served as Dean of Men for Reformers Unanimous in Rockford, Ill, for three years, and most recently worked for ESAB and Palmetto Moon. Bryan was successful with a landscaping business and then a real estate business, before encountering troubles in his life that led to a prescription drug addiction. “I got caught up chasing the American dream,” he commented, adding “but God changed the course of my life. “It was a miracle in my life that changed my heart and my focus from a worldly view on my own success to a focus on others,” Bryan said. Following his recovery, God led him into ministry with RA, and now the House of Hope. “To whom much is given, much is required,” he commented, quoting scripture. Bryan may be contacted at 667-9000. To donate items to the Mission Mart, call 667-4118.




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