Our History

June 2012

Building is purchased on Broad Street to expand our Men’s Shelter Program.

May 2011

Our first store in Pasco County opens on S.R. 52 in Hudson.

June 2010

Our first female client graduates our 11-month recovery program.

June 2009

Opened doors to the Barn at Jericho Food Ministry, our food bank.

March 2009

Our Family Shelter that offers temporary accommodations for families in need opens.

December 2008

Jericho Road Ministries celebrates 10 years of service to homelessness in Hernando County.

August 2008

Our fourth thrift store located in Spring Hill on US 19 in the Winchester Plaza Shopping Center opens
on August 25th, we opened a thrift store in Spring Hill on US 19.

July 2008

Alumni Group established for graduates of our Men’s Shelter Program.

April 2008

Held our first annual 5k Run/Walk for community support to our Mission.

February 2008

Jericho’s Women’s Shelter, Mary’s House opened its doors to the very first clients.

Jericho Road Ministries is part recipient of the Joy FM fundraiser bike ride for the homeless which took place on February 16.

January 2008

Final preparations are finished at Mary’s House.

December 2007

The 10th annual Christmas Eve Luncheon was a huge success.

November 2007

Our 3rd thrift store located in Ridge Manor opened on Nov.14th.

October 2007

Mary’s House Fundraiser held during Papa Joe’s 26th Annual Spaghetti Fest.

August 2007

Renovation begins on Howell Avenue property.

July 2007

House is purchased on Howell Avenue in Brooksville for the new women’s shelter.

November 2006

Launch of vision sharing for Jericho’s Women’s Shelter, Mary’s House.

December 2006

The new Chapel on the Men’s Shelter property is completed.

October 2006

It has been a dream of Jericho Road Ministries to offer employment to clients; we now have four
men working full-time.

September 2006

The Ministry is currently housing 5 program participants in the transitional home.

September 2006

First formal graduation dinner for men completing the Nine-Month Recovery Program.

June 2006

Prestige Homes/Bill Bourguignon replaced entire roof on the Men’s Shelter.

May 2006

Cortez Store began to expand the Book Dept. with the hope of one day having the entire Cortez Store selling used books.

February 2006

A thrift store is opened on the Wiscon Road property. The Ministry is now operating two thrift stores.

November 2005

Leadership Hernando donates a cargo van for the thrift store operations.

August 2005

Leadership Hernando takes on Jericho Road Ministries as their project of support for the coming year. Community support begins to swell quickly as they begin working with business, government and civic leaders in bringing a Family Shelter to Hernando County.

June 2005

Two new professional staff are employed to work at the Men’s Shelter. One man is a trained family psychologist with a Doctorate in Family Counseling from Tulane University. The other staff chaplain has over 20 years Rescue Mission experience having worked at the Detroit Rescue Mission and the Memphis Union Mission.

April 2005

Site work crews begin the clearing of property on Wiscon Road for our new Thrift Store. The project is officially under construction.

February 2005

A Dedication Service and Ground Breaking ceremony is conducted at the Wiscon Road site. Local churches, business people, volunteers, staff and the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce attend this morning event.

October 2004

NP Construction is selected as our builder for the new store building. Center State Bank agrees to loan us the funds to build the project. Documents are signed and the work will commence as permits are approved.

February 2004

Pasco-Hernando Community College partners with Jericho Road Men’s Shelter to begin offering GED classes, tutoring and testing on-line via the Internet. Withlacoochee River Electric donates computers and helps to set up our new Computer GED Lab.

January 2004

Jericho Road purchases a duplex to be used for graduating clients as a transitional home. Renovations continue and our first graduate moves in by June 2004.

May 2003

Nicholson Engineering begins developing plans for our new thrift store at the Wiscon Road site.

February 2003

The Veterans Administration office in the county donates a used 15-passenger van to be used for transporting clients.

June 2002

Purchase a used box truck for the thrift store operations. The old truck is sold in September.

May 2002

Renovations of the Shelter garage are completed. The space is converted into two offices and a chapel area for worship or client classes. The remaining space in the house is converted to sleeping areas. Bed space expands to 14 beds.

January 2002

A local family donates their mini-van to the mission for transporting clients. Survey work begins on the Wiscon Road property. Jericho Road begins providing Emergency Shelter for women and families at local area motels.

December 2001

Ten acres of property are purchased on Wiscon Road for the future site of the Mission Thrift Store and Shelter buildings. One day a Family Shelter will be constructed.

October 2000

The Mission is launched. The Men’s Shelter opens and we begin with our first client on October 15th, a man named Ron S. Before the end of the month we have four men in the Shelter. The Thrift Store opens its doors to the public on October 1st. Donations continue to pour into that location.

September 2000

We locate a retail space for our new Thrift Store in Midway Plaza, Highway 50, between Spring Hill and Brooksville. The lease is signed and the setup of the store begins. I am put in touch with a man who would become our shelter worker. He agrees to come and work at the Men’s Shelter.

June 2000

Renovations are completed on the Shelter. We begin looking for a Shelter worker to assist me in operations. We also begin looking for a site to open a thrift store to sell the enormous amount of donations coming in to the ministry.

November 1999

Purchased the commercial property at 1090 Mondon Hill Road to become our first Men’s Homeless Shelter. Renovation begins on this property. Yard sales continue at the proposed shelter site through September 2000 to pay for renovations and provide for the ministry.

June 1999

Awarded $100,000 by Daystar Hope Center to start a Family Shelter Program in Hernando County.

January 1999

Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church commits $30,000 of operational funds for the coming year.

December 1998

Incorporated Jericho Road Ministries as a non-profit dedicated to shelter programs for men, women and children.

May 1998

Church plant fails. The summer is spent in prayer seeking God’s guidance for my ministry. Ron, Dave and I are put in touch with Frank Bierwiler and Lisa Barabas-Henry in hopes of moving our shelter to Hernando County behind Daystar Hope Center’s thrift store. Discussions with Lisa fail to bring about a move. Public outcry against a proposed shelter on this site dooms the project with Daystar’s involvement. By December, I receive the encouragement and support of Frank and Ron to incorporate Jericho Road Ministries to carry forward the vision for this ministry.

October 1997

Hired as staff for Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church to plant a church in Spring Hill.

May 1997

After five years of study and commuting to Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, I graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree. I spent the summer looking for ministry work and hoping somehow to be involved with a homeless ministry.