Alumni Fall Newsletter

It’s Fall again and everyone at POH has been enjoying the beautiful weather. It’s been an eventful season here at Place of Hope as God continues to bless us. Through this mailing, we hope to keep all of you informed of what’s going on at the Place and of ways to get involved in upcoming events. As we make this effort to stay connected with our past clients, we would love for you to reconnect with us! Become a partner, come see us at worship service or homeless outreach, or just drop us a line. More information and updates are always available at our website: www.placeofhopetn.org


The last few months have been very exciting here as God continues to bless His Ministries

• Brother Jim Beck went into semi-retirement on August 12th after over nine years of service at POH. Thank you for all your hard work, Jim.

• The Place of Hope recently received a $450,000 renovation grant!!! We want to thank everyone who prayed for this miracle. The money will be used to install a much needed new roof, comfort-bringing heating and air-conditioning, and a geothermal water system.

• On August 10th the Place of Hope welcomed special musical guest Jerry Sullivan for a night of Bluegrass and Gospel music that we will not soon forget.

• Friday Night Hope, our Homeless Outreach ministry, continues to grow and prosper.
• A special thanks to the young folks from New Song and Southview churches, who have both recently sacrificed Friday nights to come serve with us.

• Over the past few months, we have enjoyed the company of many regular homeless visitors to Nashville Recovery Church. We pray that God will continue to bless us by allowing us to minister to the least of His people every Sunday morning. All clothing and blankets have come to us through the generosity of others who want to serve in any way. Others have donated money to our sock, hat, and glove ministry. We pray blessings on all of these.

• Thanks to Dave and Jennifer, who have been regularly contributing their musical talents at the outreach and on Sunday morning services.

• Special thanks to New Song Church’s “outside the walls” program. This group of over thirty young people gave a Saturday morning to make much needed improvements on the grounds of our facility.

• Praise God for His blessings in the form of employment for our halfway folks, all of whom have found work over the past year in one of the most impoverished areas in the state.

“Let the fire inside of you burn away everything that’s not supposed to be there”
~Brother Mike Coupe


A Special Message from Talia Hensley:

I knew I wanted a different life. The best woman I ever knew in my life was my grandmother. I remember she had something I wanted: peace, happiness & contentment. So I started writing to treatment centers. I had never been to treatment – never wanted to get clean for real. So I wrote and wrote and no one would have me. Finally I wrote the Place of Hope and within a couple weeks they responded with an admission date. On January 25th, 2011 I arrived at POH. It changed my life. I learned there how to live without drugs or alcohol. To just be ok in my own skin. I never knew the feeling of waking up in the morning and looking forward to the day. I am alive again. My stay at POH connected me with the A.A program which I am still working and with God, who I had lost touch with somewhere along the way. The counselors and staff at POH are truly amazing people. I love them all dearly and am forever indebted to the Place. Through them I remembered what I love to do, and I plan to go back to school for a career in mechanics.

From a letter* written in the Lawrence County Jail on October 5th, 2011:

“The craziest thing happened the other day. We were at Bible study on Wednesday. The lady that comes and teaches she starts talking about where it says about reaping what you sow. She was asking what verse it was. She forgot or something. So I said Galatians 6:7 and the girl sitting beside me – I’ve known her for years – she looks at me all crazy and says ‘who are you?’…God has changed me that much. She went on to say that I was her hero – she wants what I have. I am so blessed and fortunate to be one that God works thru (sic). I am so blessed by the amazing changes God has made in me. God is so good.
*reprinted with permission of the author

On November 5th, Talia celebrated one year of sobriety! Staff and clients alike were heartbroken on the day when Talia had to return to jail, until we realized that nothing happens in God’s world by mistake and that this is an opportunity for God’s message of love and light to be shared in a dark place. If you would like to contact Talia, letters may be addressed to:

Talia Hensley
240 West Gaines St.
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464


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