Community Living in the Hannah House for Family Work Retreats
All of the families visiting Good Works will stay in the Hannah House. It is in this house that a Christian community lives, sharing their lives with one another. The residents, interns, and the Hannah House House Manager live on the second floor of the house and form this Christian community. What follows is a description of who makes up the community of the Hannah House.
Life in Transition – the Residents
Those who participate in Life in Transition come from various backgrounds and challenges, (occasionally incarceration) but they have demonstrated to the staff of Good Work that they are willing to abide by our guidelines and make serious changes in their lives. They do this through a comprehensive application process that is designed to identify those areas in which they are in need of help. A vital part of your experience here will be living with these folks, our residents. If anyone in your family has any questions, please feel free to contact us about this.
Although there may or may not be any residents in the facility when you come, please prepare your family. They will be interacting with people who are in the difficult process of personal and spiritual change. Some of the guidelines we ask you to follow are established on the basis of the struggles these individuals are facing. While it is not our desire to restrict your personal freedom, we also do not want to put a stumbling block before our residents. (Note: There are times when there are no residents in Life and Transition. This is most often due to staffing changes or lack of interns in the house.)
The House Manager lives on the second floor of the Hannah House. His/her primary responsibility is the oversight of the Christian community that lives in the house. They are available throughout the day to help you or answer any questions. The well-being of everyone in the house is their responsibility, so please contact them, day or night, if you have a need or concern. There are always unexpected issues and problems, and they are here to help you.
The Hannah House is also the home of our interns, followers of Jesus who volunteer to live with and mentor the residents living in the house. There are several internships that function out of this house:
- Appalachian Immersion, a full-time 9-12 month internship.
- Summer Internship, an intensive ministry experience June–August.
- Week of Service, a week-long ministry experience for people 16 and older.
In addition, the interns will supervise your family as you serve someone in our community, helping you to get connected to them and assisting them with the need for which they have requested assistance. Another responsibility that the interns have is to “Host” for the evening. Each evening one of the interns will be responsible to oversee what goes on in the house from around 4:00 until 11:00. Though there are specific tasks they will need to accomplish, these are few and their primary focus is to be available for you.
We regularly have guests staying in the Hannah House. These guests are visiting to learn about Good Works and possibly become more formally connected to the community.
Our Work Retreat initiatives host many groups each year varying in size up to 30 people. These groups will be using our dorm rooms if they are staying overnight. Many groups also come for just a day.
Your family will be joining the Hannah House community during the visit. You will become part of the Community of Hope. Thank you for visiting and serving with us. Most often we have families stay in one or two bedrooms on the second floor of the Hannah House. Bed linens and pillows will be provided, though you can use your own if you prefer. A bathroom on the second floor will be made available to you for your visit.
If there is no Work Retreat group present, your family may be staying in the dorm rooms, which are air-conditioned with bunk-beds able to accommodate a total of 30 people —15 males and 15 females. (This is the maximum number of people we can receive for a Work Retreat.) If you are using the dorm rooms, we ask that you please bring linens or sleeping bags with you for your stay. There is a bathroom located adjacent to these dorm rooms with two sinks, two toilets and two showers for your use while you are staying with us. There are many variables that come into play when making these decisions about where your family will stay, but we do want to accommodate the unique needs of your family. Please talk with us about this.
A Word on Appropriate Dress
Your family will most likely be doing labor-intensive projects of some kind during your visit. We ask that you dress for safety and modesty. The spring and fall seasons can be cool, so jeans and sweatshirts are best. For warmer days, a t-shirt and knee-length shorts that might be stained or ruined. We have a limited supply of work gloves (for those who forget), so everyone should bring at least one pair. Closed-toe sneakers or work boots are required for the projects you will be working on. Please note that tank tops and short shorts are inappropriate for both men and women. Modest sleeping attire is a good idea as you will be moving about the house with many people in it. Thank you for your attention to these guidelines.