Welcome Home Collaborative was founded on December 13, 2010 by WellSpring Church. It was originally founded as a Non-Profit Organization.
WHC is Founded
In August 2014, Pastor Suguitan agreed to take over the Welcome Home Collaborative as Executive Director after WellSpring announced they had been looking to transition the program. Although Welcome Home Collaborative serves the same demographics as Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, WHC would remain a separate 501C3 organization. He then set upon finding board member volunteers to help in taking over the program.
Transfer of Leadership
On October 22, 2012, Welcome Home Collaborative received its 501(c)3 category from the IRS.
In 2014, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church was graced by the selfless service of Victoria Stoltz, who had been volunteering at The Bridge Ministry. Despite her struggle with a brain tumor, she dedicated her time every Thursday to serve the homeless. Her compassionate actions inspired her wish, facilitated by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, to remodel a building in the West End for the homeless and working poor, named 'Victoria's House of Hope'.
A Brief Timeline of Events
Since 2014, WHC has gone through a tremendous amount of growth and structure additions. In 2014, the Welcome Home Collaborative program consisted of three houses and three families.
Currently, the program has five locations, houses and apartments), with 22 program participants. The goal is grow to 50 units in the next five years. If you would like to support us in our mission, please consider making a donation.