God made it pretty clear to me today after praying about it for a few days, that the direction that I thought Hope House was going, was not exactly what He had in mind. He gave me a bit more direction and clarity today.
Rather than Hope House be a last resort for children and their families (it would have been a home for orphaned children without their families), what if it was a place that could help prevent moms from losing their children to the foster care system in the first place?
Now, Hope House will not be a place just for children (it will be that too), it will be a place where homeless and helpless single moms can come and get short-term residential care for themselves and their children; where they can be trained in life, job, and parental skills to be able to become independent and obtain a job. This will give them a chance to learn how to make it on their own and hopefully prevent the pain of losing a child to the foster care system.
Eventually we hope to also build a k-12 private school that goes along with Hope House to provide a Christian education to the children that come there with their moms.
I found a place that will do all of the paperwork to file with the state and federal government for half of what the the lawyer would do it for. So, hopefully tomorrow I will get all of the forms filled out and sent in and the process will be under way! :)