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Matt Harris was the winner of a Bible theme tree during the silent auction.

The Festival of Trees was hosted by Kairos Hope from November 20-29. Kairos Hope transformed the home into a winter wonderland, inviting the public to take part in the seasonal fun. The online goal for this fundraiser was to raise $500.

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The Festival of Trees surpassed their goal by raising $6,000, which will help directly in funding the project to reside the house. This project will cost approximately $8,000. The event was a fundraiser to help aide in the vision of restoring the residential home to assist those who have been victims of sexual assault.

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In October Kairos Hope invited businesses, individuals, families, small groups and churches to sponsor a tree by being creative and decorating them. There were traditional trees, wacky and fun trees, all with different themes.

The house was filled with more than 30 different trees for those attending to gaze at. Families and friends were seen enjoying the Christmas season, as Kairos Hope welcomed all visitors with live music.

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Those attending were asked to bid on a tree, if there was one there they would like to purchase. Each tree was auctioned off through the silent auction. There was also a contest for Best Tree by people’s choice. The Best Tree was awarded to Monroe City Christian Church. Trees were decorated by local businesses, but also brought visitors as far as Florida, who visited just to take part in creative and supportive fundraiser.

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Executive Director and Founder, Eryka Mabus will be opening Kairos Hope sometime in the next year. The Ancient Greek term Kairos translates to mean “right time” or “opportune moment.”  

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Mabus shared, “This home will be a time where God meet’s you where you are at and brings you hope.” The house will be a place for abused women, ages 18-28, to provide a fresh start and build a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mabus explained she felt called to open some sort of residential home since being in middle school. Her desire to help those overcome the trauma of being sexually abused arose after her own experience of recovery. Mabus feels led to work in this area, adding, “God has showed me this is the population I am supposed to work with.” Mabus knows there is a need for this, as she is already receiving inquires, stating, “I receive at least one phone call a week for a person looking for help.”

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Kairos Hope will be a non-profit organization ran solely off of donations. Mabus has been working on the development of this program since 2018. She is a graduate of Hannibal LaGrange University and holds a degree in counseling, laughing she states, “But honestly I have no desire to work in counseling. This is my focus.”

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Currently, Mabus works as the Youth Leader at Calvary Baptist in Pittsfield, IL. She will reside here in Monroe City at the house while the repairs and preparations are being done and commute back and forth to work.

The vision is to provide a Christian Residential recovery home for victims of human trafficking, sexual abuse and sexual trauma. Kairos Hope believes everyone was made with a unique purpose by the creator, God. However, when sin entered the world people experienced pain, grief, and brokenness. Nevertheless, God provides for each person a way to experience freedom and joy from all of that. While women are in the program they have the opportunity to find their true identity, experience lasting joy, and break free from all of the pain and sin that has held them for far too long. Mabus shared, “If we can’t offer them Christ, we can’t offer them hope.”

The program will be completely free of charge to the women. A similar program in the secular world costs approximately $500/month. Mabus plans to have a certified counselor who can combine biblical principles of Christ’s power to transform lives with clinical intervention, a physician and full professional staff for the women to get the best care physically and spiritually. The home will offer 8-12 jobs to the community and have 24-hour staffing. Anyone interested can make donations online at the Kairos Hope website at https://recovery.kairoshope.org.