The Desroches Makin’ Moves!

August 19, 2010 at 6:00 am 1 comment

Oh my goodness gracious!!!

Yesterday was unbelievable! Thank you ALL for participating! We hope you all had as much fun as we did! We are most definitely going to continue to make the blog so interactive  – and fun – for you all! Let me know if you have any ideas!

I have to tell you about an article I read on Wednesday about a ministry in Massachusetts that is doing some amazing things – and surprise, surprise…it’s another Desroches that is out there changing the world! This family goes to show you that when you are obedient to God, you will not only conquer great things but you will make an impact in whatever you do! It’s such an honor to know this wonderful family – I hope you all feel the same!

Again…thank you for being the amazing, wonderful, gorgeous, inspirational, mommy loving people that you are!!


“South Hadley religious group seeks to convert 3-family house in Palmer into lodging for homeless men”

A South Hadley-based religious group is requesting site plan approval from the Planning Board to turn 4058 Church St. in the Thorndike section into lodging for up to 14 homeless men.

The request from Milestone Ministries for the project called “My Father’s House” calls for site plan approval to convert the carriage house into a chapel and community area, and the three-family home on the property into space suitable for a lodging house for program residents.

The Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing on the application at its Aug. 30 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Town Building on Main Street.

Milestone Ministries’ founder, Pastor Jack V. Desroches, is known for his work with the homeless in Springfield.

Milestone Ministries bought the property in late 2009 for $152,000, according to a filing with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

“I’d like to be able to help serve the Palmer community,” Desroches, 51, said on Friday. “This really was an answer to a prayer.”

Three years ago, Milestone began overseeing the overflow shelter run by Friends of the Homeless in Springfield, but Desroches said putting men back on the street at 7 a.m. was not acceptable.

“We began to pray for a place located outside the city where men could live and have the opportunity to restore their lives. A place where they could learn to trust God, relax, job hunt, apartment hunt, and begin a new life. My Father’s House is the answer to that prayer,” according to a mission statement about My Father’s House given to the Planning Board.

Desroches, who is familiar with Palmer and preaches at Crossway Christian Church in town, said there will always be someone on staff at the Church Street site, and residents will be required to be alcohol and drug free.

Because the property is tucked away on a hill, he said it’s similar to going on a retreat. Guests are screened, and they will know who will be there at all times, he said.

“We’re not in the business of taking on huge challenges. This is for people who need a helping hand. Sometimes they may just need a place to land for a couple of months to get their finances straight and be in a good, healthy environment,” Desroches said. “We’re not looking to take in violent people. We’re looking to help people who want to be helped. They will be very closely monitored.”

“In this economic time that we are in, there’s a whole new level of homelessness. We’re finding people who don’t know how to be homeless. They were middle class living in an apartment, or their house became foreclosed on. Now they’re living in cars, or couch surfing. We want to show them what services are available and really be a safety net for them,” Desroches said.

According to information from Milestone Ministries, the average length of stay will be nine to 12 months.

All residents will be required to share in daily chores necessary to run the house. Residents also will be required to attend daily chapel services or Bible studies. Daily life skills education will include resume writing, substance abuse education and money management.

Residents not working full-time will be expected to volunteer at local hospitals, nursing homes and food pantries. Residents will be referred by local churches, shelters, detox facilities and hospitals.

Desroches said he would like to have the facility running for the winter, but noted that renovating the 1870-built home and carriage house is a major financial undertaking.

“I’m a Christian person; all I want to do is help people and . . . restore people’s hope,” Desroches said.

-Thank you for the amazing article, LORI STABILE, with!!!-

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  • 1. Jack Desroches  |  August 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Hey Pickel,

    Thanks for the shout out. Yes, God is moving here in Massachusetts and we are glad to be moving with Him (although He is not easy to keep up with….I love the race). You can see more about “My Fathers House” project either on Facebook or at milestoneministry org.

    Thank you for your prayers. We are ministering to people every day that are in a pickel and God is showing the way out.

    Thank you for blessing us with your wonderfully uplifting blogs……lets keep the Mommies lifted in prayer!


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