housing, feeding, clothing, training and ministering to the homeless & low income

creating community

Everyone needs a place to belong, especially when struggling with overwhelming circumstances.
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Go to the basics

the basics

Everyone has a right to decent housing, healthy food and clean clothes. But NONE OF THOSE THINGS ARE FREE. Our PRIMARY goal is to create affordable housing so people can have a safe place to live.



The cause of homelessness is an inability to pay for housing, so finding work to afford a safe place to live is the key to successful independent living. Our goal is to connect people with opportunities to increase their income to create a sustainable way of life.

Go to veterans & first responders come first

veterans & first responders come first

The words “homeless” and “veteran” don’t belong in the same sentence. We believe that those who have risked their lives for the freedom and safety of others deserve more than just respect – they deserve a place to call home.

Go to Food, Clothing & Supplies

Food, Clothing & Supplies

Coordinating with area organizations that offer food, clothing and other supplies allows us to better meet people’s basic needs. Having one central online database that details locations and types of supplies makes for a much more efficient channel of provision.

If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
Isaiah 58:10


Phil 2:4 - Each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

For I was hungry and
YOU gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and
YOU gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and
YOU invited me in, I needed clothes and
YOU clothed me, I was sick and
YOU looked after me, I was in prison and
YOU came to visit me.’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
YOU did for me.’ Matt 25: 35-40

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15

  • For those whose incomes are not expected to increase, such as those with disabilities or seniors with fixed incomes, we want to provide affordable permanent solutions.

  • For those who need a short-term, safe place to re-group or start over, such as rehab graduates, ex-offenders, low income families in crisis, and teens who have aged out of foster care, we provide room and board.

  • For those in emergency situations that require safe overnight shelter, such as the homeless living outside during dangerous weather, and families in emergency situations, we provide a bed and meals.

  • Though we serve a wide range of people, placement preference will always be given to those who have risked their lives for their country and their local community.

the k-team

God is raising up and bringing together those with a passion for seeing hurting people healed. Each team member brings a unique blend of life, ministry and job experiences that enables them to meet the challenges ahead with the full assurance that God will provide everything we need in His timing.


CEO & Director
Penny’s job is to write down the vision and make it clear, so she can administrate its many parts and coordinate its many partners. She assists and connects together the people who God has already set apart to make this vision a reality.
Penny co-Pastors Ministry House and leads Celebrate Recovery and Good Shepherd Recovery House with her husband, Ronnie. They are also 2 of the co-founders of Bethesda Community Clinic, Cherokee County’s Low Cost Health Clinic. Penny is an Administrator, Programmer, and Multimedia Marketer.

Jackie Corry

CFO & Treasurer
Jackie’s job is to ensure excellent and faithful stewardship over all of the resources entrusted to us, including handling all of the finances, donations and 501(c)3 requirements.
Jackie is a Women’s Chaplain at the Cherokee County Jail, and has helped lead The Landing (Celebrate Recovery for Teens) at Sixes UMC. She has experience with Transition Houses and is an accountant experienced in handling the finances of multiple businesses and non-profits.

John Naves

Chaplain & Community Resources Coordinator
John’s heart is to personally minister to the residents, and connect their needs with resources in the community.
John currently provides food to the needy with his organization, Love Thy Neighbor. He served as Chaplain in a Toledo Mission, and has many connections with organizations and businesses in Cherokee County. He is also an accomplished singer and musician and avid biker.

Melissa McClure

Marketing Coordinator
Melissa’s job is to make sure that everyone in and around Cherokee County knows about Koinonia Communities, whether they are a potential partner or resident.
Melissa is a professional marketer with decades of experience in phone sales, door-to-door canvassing, events, and social media. She is a Praise & Worship leader and Celebrate Recovery Women’s Step Study Leader at Ministry House.

If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother. Deuteronomy 15:7