Dordt house helps Hope Haven

This house, owned by Dordt University, is being used by Hope Haven to serve a few of their clients.

SIOUX CENTER—Dordt University is working with Hope Haven by providing rental housing for four adults served by Hope Haven.

Dordt owns a three-bedroom home on the edge of its campus, adjacent to the president’s house and the alumni house in Sioux Center, that had been used to house female graduate assistants. The university doesn’t have anyone who needs the housing for the next year, however.

Talks had been happening between Dordt and Hope Haven leadership about ways the two entities could work together, and this was presented as one possible suggestion.

The house was rented to Hope Haven on a one-year lease.

According to Hope Haven CEO Matt Buley, the residents moved there from another house in Sioux Center. They made the move July 11.

One resident works at Double HH Manufacturing in Rock Valley, one at Brommer Sanitation in Sioux Center and the other two participate in Hope Haven’s DayHab, or Day Habilitation Program, in Sioux Center.

“We’re very happy that we have an opportunity to be in a partnership with them on this,” said Dordt chief administrative officer Howard Wilson. “We really appreciate the work and ministry of Hope Haven and how they serve the community in northwestern Iowa. We believe they provide a very valuable service to the community in how they care for their clients. We’re happy we can help them out.”

This isn’t the first time the two entities have partnered together. In 2014, Dordt provided temporary housing for Hope Haven residents who were displaced due to flooding.

“Dordt University and Hope Haven both have deep roots in the region, with ministries that have an impact around the globe. We’re proud to be working with them in another tangible way, and are grateful for their commitment to people with disabilities,” Buley said. “I have no doubt the individuals we serve will feel welcomed and at home at Dordt, and we’re excited to partner on their behalf.”