RHF is a faith-based organization, affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC). We were founded by two UCC clergy and a layperson in 1961. We are an organization that began with $7,000 and a vision to provide affordable housing to those who needed it. That vision has grown to include 197 communities in 29 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands. We have more than 22,500 residents that call an RHF community “home.”
While our faith tradition is an important part of who we are, we offer our housing and services to those of every faith tradition or those with no faith tradition at all.
Our faith created RHF and that faith has helped us through the challenges we have faced as an organization over the nearly 60 years we have been in existence.
Our country, indeed the world, is facing an enormous challenge right now. We are asking that you strictly adhere to government mandates . . . practicing Social Distancing, frequently washing your hands, and self-isolating if you are not feeling well.
We are inviting you to join us, daily, in prayer. We would like to acknowledge those who are contributing to this effort:
Rev. Dr. Laverne R. Joseph – RHF President & CEO
Rev. Dr. David S. Moyer – Chair, RHF National Board of Directors
Rev. Dr. Norma DeSaegher – Vice-Chair, RHF National Board of Directors
Rev. Dr. Misi Tagaloa – Director, RHF National Board of Directors
Ray East – Director (and Past Chair) – RHF National Board of Directors
Brian Magnone – CIO and V.P. of Treasury, RHF
We ask that you stay safe. Know that you are not alone. As a community, as an organization, and as a country, we will get through this crisis together.
April 1, 2020
Psalm Chapter 5, verse 11
“Let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them.”
Eternal God – Today we pray for the courage and strength to rise in victory above the current epidemic. Help us to be of assistance in any way we can to those who need our help. May we make wise decisions which protect others as well as ourselves.
Use us to make this world a better place for all.
Provided by Rev. Dr. Laverne Joseph, RHF President & CEO
March 31, 2020
I Cor 13:11-13
If I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor, and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I am nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I grew up I put childish ways behind me. Now we see a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now, these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest is love.
Oh God, our parents and grandparents have been through wars and pestilence. You proved yourself faithful even in hard times. They found hope through faith in you. Help me to trust you and grow in faith. Help me to find hope and trust you through these times. I want to truly love the way you love… like the way my parents and grandparents loved. Come close. Comfort and heal those in need. In your Son’s precious name.
Provided by Brian Magnone, CIO and VP of Treasury
March 30, 2020
HOPE Story: When Alexander the Great was setting out on one of his campaigns, he was distributing numerous gifts to his friends. In his generosity he had given away nearly all his possessions. “Sir”, said one of his friends,” you will have nothing left for yourself.” “Oh yes I have”, said Alexander. I still have my hopes.” (Roy B. Zuck)
Almighty and loving God we thank you for your mercy and goodness to us. As we contemplate this day, one thing we are grateful for: the gift of hope, that is just around the corner.
Provided by Rev. Dr. Norma DeSaegher
March 29, 2020
“My spiritual belief in grace grows out of a deep practical choice I’ve made. If we stop believing love is real and worth striving for, then surely there is no hope for us…. Something in me—call it a divine spark—simply cannot concede.” Serene Jones: Call it Grace
Holy and eternal one, creator and sustainer of life, draw near to our hearts in these moments as we reach out to you. Give our hearts peace and grant us the gifts of hope and love. May we, and all your children, be reminded daily of your love for us and your whole creation.
Provided by Rev. Dr. David Moyer
March 28, 2020
Do Not Lose Hope
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Eternal God. Hear the prayers of your people. In these difficult times we pray for those who are ill, families who have lost loved ones, friends who have passed from this life to the next. Help us to have courage and faith and to remember that your presence is always with us.
We will get through this epidemic.
Provided by Rev. Dr. Laverne R. Joseph
March 27, 2020
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Lord, is there nothing to learn from what’s happening around me, then to be content with the comfort that you provide? Whatever the reason why I feel the way I do, one thing I am learning: Everything that happens is useful to me. Though a virus is sweeping throughout our lands, I ask you to empower me to go through this with You until I’m a “wounded healer” bringing comfort to others as I receive it from you. Amen.
Provided by Rev. Dr. Misi Tagaloa
March 26, 2020
EPHESIANS 5:8-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— 9 for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10 Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13 but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Almighty and loving God, we arrive in Your presence with grateful and thankful hearts. But to be honest, we are not sure of the days ahead. We have tried to live within the parameters of Your guidance. Now we are in total shutdown and things appear unclear.
But, The scripture Lesson today helps us and guides us to be children of ”light.” That is where I will direct my heart. Beginning today, I will strive to be a light of strength. I will strive to be patient. I will look for grace in all that touches me.
In these times O Lord, we seek your blessing to guide us fruitfully into tomorrow. We ask these things in Your precious name, Amen.
Provided by Rev. Dr. Norma DeSaegher
March 25, 2020
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work. It may be that when we no longer know which way to go, we have come home to our real journey, The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” Wendell Berry: “The Real Work” from Collected Poems
Gracious and ever-living God, you daily send us light and love. Give us eyes to see your gifts and hearts prepared to welcome your guidance and your grace, so that we may live as fully as we are able in every day, even those days that may confuse and frighten us. Bless us and all in your holy name’s sake.
Provided by Rev. Dr. David Moyer