We are going to start focusing on some of the various staff and volunteers at The Hope Center who help to make this ministry run so effectively. These faces are the wonderful people that God has placed here to help change lives and provide hope to all types of people in the community who are looking for help in one way or another. We are so thankful to all of our staff and volunteers who give so much to reaching the least, the last and the lost.
My name is Rick Roche. I am the Job Supervisor here at The Hope Center. I have a BS in Pastoral Studies from Antietam Bible College. I was ordained into the ministry in 2003 while serving as an assistant pastor and youth pastor at Grace Bible Church in Greencastle, PA for approximately 4-1/2 years.
The Lord opened the door here at The Hope Center in 2004 through a good friend who was a monthly speaker here in the evening chapel service. I served as evening chaplain for 5 years, overseeing all chapel services, counseling residents and transient men in spiritual matters and life issues when needed, and supervising residents’ and transients’ activities.
In 2009/10 we as a staff team revamped our program and I moved to day shift as Residential Job Supervisor. Our “Foundations” program requires that the program members all have job responsibilities to help them learn accountability and responsibility. As Residential Job Supervisor, I have the challenge of matching the many varied personalities, skills and work ethics of the program members with the various job responsibilities of the different departments of The Hope Center which would include housekeeping, kitchen duties, recycling, Thrift Stores, donation drop-offs, trucks, maintenance, grounds keeping and farm work.
I also teach between 3 and 4 classes each week from the inherent Word of God about a relationship with Jesus Christ and the freedom from sin and slavery that He gives to all who trust in Him. I’ve had the opportunity to see many lives changed during the past 8 years. The Lord opened this door of opportunity and blessing and I am grateful to Him for allowing me to serve Him here at The Hope Center.