Visit Our Website
Call Us Today: 715-699-1124
Mailing address:
PO Box 372 | Hayward, WI 54843
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, and your donations are tax-deductible.

MAY 2024

Welcome Al Kiwazek, New Executive Director

The Board of Greater Hayward House of Hope (GHHOH), a residential faith-based addiction recovery ministry for men in northwest Wisconsin, has announced a change in leadership. This month, Al Kiwazek,  a pastor at Spider Lake Church, became the new executive director of GHHOH. He succeeds Mike Thompson, who was instrumental in establishing the organization in 2020. Thompson is moving to Mora, Minnesota, to start similar men’s recovery programs with InFaith Ministries. 

“I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with men desiring to make a change in their lives while seeking a relationship with the Lord,” said Kiwazek. “This recovery program works because we don’t just treat addiction. We focus on men’s core identity, and that transforms everything about them.”

Kiwazek will continue as a pastor at Spider Lake Church while taking the helm at GHHOH. The Greater House of Hope residence and trade skills workshop is located on Main Street next to Spider Lake Church, and the congregation has been instrumental in its operation. Greater Hayward House of Hope is in its fourth year of setting men free from the cycle of addiction with a six-month residential program that includes a faith-based curriculum, mentoring, and training in trade skills. The ministry has served 18 men and graduated 11. The GHHOH is well supported by the community and its board members and volunteers are from many Hayward area churches. 

“Mike Thompson has been a dedicated leader, and his presence will be missed,” said Gary Nathan, Board President of GHHOH. “We needed his vision, expertise in writing the program curriculum, and skill set in implementing the course work. His leadership at the House and compassion for the men has set this ministry apart from all others.”

At the same time, the Board has announced expansion plans for GHHOH under the leadership of Pastor Kiwazek. Men who complete Phases 1 and 2 of recovery while living at GHHOH will soon have a “Phase 3” program to help them start a new life when they move out. 

“This follow-up care will go further than meeting basic needs,” said Nathan. “In Phase 3, graduates will receive help in their long-term journey to build a new life, grow in their faith, and connect with the community—all for the glory of God.”

As a resident of Hayward since 2000, Kiwazek has a broad network in northwest Wisconsin, which will help GHHOH graduates become productive members of the community. He holds a pastoral license with the International Association of Ministers (IAM) and has been a full-time pastor for Spider Lake Church since 2021. Before entering full-time ministry, Kiwazek worked for 35 years in retail management with Wal-Mart and Kwik Trip, was an independent distributor for a packaged food company, and served as general manager for the Big Fish Golf Course on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation. 

“The fulfilling part of being a manager was being able to help others achieve their goals, whether expanding their skills or seeking a promotion,” says Kiwazek. “Transferring that experience to GHHOH, I look forward to helping men reach their full potential as they start new lives.”


Thursday, June 6 @ 6 pm

(Doors open at 5:30 pm)

The Steakhouse & Lodge

Dinner is complimentary. Adults only please, as seating is limited. This is a dry event. An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended.

Featured speaker: Aaron Marcoux, Washburn Co. District Attorney

To make reservations, contact Nicole at 715-558-5046

Trade Skills Workshop 

Our workshop is teaching men wood working skills that they will take with them to future employers after they graduate. This helps them get jobs and helps us sell products to sustain the ministry. 


The House of Hope workshop supervisor, Mike Lemmons, has been busy designing and building a new Chicken Coop and Firewood Boxes. Sheds are also becoming a hot seller!

Chicken Coop - heavy duty construction - $995

Firewood Boxes - $299 in stock; or $250 to place order and wait

Sheds are $3950 plus delivery.

Inventory is available and can be purchased direct from Northwood Outdoor on Hwy 27 in Hayward; contact them for current inventory at 715-634-7725. Contact Mike Lemmons at 715-525-2954 to place a new order for which you may have a short wait.

Also available: American Flags, Corn Hole Sets, Birdhouses, Layered Crosses, Key Holder Paddles

Photos and prices of these products are available on our website, using the shopping button below.



The House of Hope’s expanded Phase 3 offering (mentioned above) is allowing the ministry to grow and support another very important milestone in recovery. Because of this, we are taking donations for the following new or gently used items that are in excellent condition. To donate, please contact Gary Nathan at 715--699-4040.

  • bath towels and hand towels
  • gift certificates for men’s clothing/shoes
  • washer and dryer (gas or electric)
  • 4 or more sets of full size bedding
  • 2 or more sets of queen size bedding
  • 6 NEW pillows
  • upright or chest freezer (any size)


Join House of Hope supporters in making a $15 donation today for which you’ll receive a $10 certificate to the Hayward Family Restaurant (on Hwy 27 south) and donate $5 to the HOH ministry.

Hayward Family Restaurant donated 50- $10 gift certificates to the House of Hope. Essentially, the Family Restaurant is donating $500 and supporters are donating $250 for a grand total of $750 in donations. 

100% of donations collected will be spent to operate the rehabilitation ministry residency program. We appreciate your support! 

To purchase Family Restaurant gift certificates, please contact Rebecca Stroede at 715-634–0395 or Gary Nathan at 715-699-4040 or stop by the Spider Lake Church Office on Main Street M-F from 9am-11am.

The House of Hope is incredibly thankful to recently be the recipient of $10,000 from "100 Who Care Sawyer County"! Thank you to all who made this possible!


Stock Donations Now Accepted

We now have the capability to receive donations of stock. If you are interested or need account information, please contact Linda Gerich at 715-558-5046.

The House of Hope Board of Directors

Executive Director Al Kiwazek, Gary Nathan, Linda Gerich, Gary Hilgendorf, Jim Miller, Tony Anderson, Nicole Rude, Jesse Beckermann, Rebecca Stroede.

Mike Murphy - Lead Mentor

Mike Lemmons - Workshop Supervisor

Stay informed - "LIKE" the GHHOH Facebook page!
PO Box 372 | 10605 Main St.
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
Contact Us