In the year 2000, the Niewulises left behind a successful business and a comfortable home on the Northwest side of Hickory to start all over on just their Christian faith, their experiences raising their own three children, and a call from God to begin Foothills House of Hope.
Today, the FHOH campus stands in the northeast side of Hickory, tucked back in the woods as a quiet testament to the faithfulness of God and how He has worked things out.
Likewise, scores of former teens once considered “incorrigible” have a more realistic opportunity for a happy, normal life.
“I had lost my passion for my business. We had our kids grown and gone, and DeeDee was working on her degree in counseling at Gardner-Webb (University),” said Niewulis, “But we were already taking into our home teenagers or adolescents who were in trouble.”
Ken, an ordained minister with the Association of International Gospel Assemblies (AIGA), is a co-founder of House of Hope along with his wife Dee Dee Niewulis. Before House of Hope, Ken volunteered with Prison Fellowship working in the Youth Prison in North Carolina. He also volunteered with Hickory Public Schools, Salvation Army youth programs, and as a coach with the Hickory Recreation Department.
DeeDee, trained Christian Biblical counselor, free-lance artist, and mediation specialist, is a co-founder of Foothills House of Hope along with her husband, Ken Niewulis. Before devoting her work fulltime to FHOH, DeeDee worked with free-lance artists for area furniture companies, hand-painting specialty pieces for clients all over the world. She has been commissioned for many watercolor paintings, especially in wildlife, pets, floral projects and landscapes. DeeDee has training in Mediation, Accounting and Finances, and received her education for Christian counseling from Gardner Webb University.