In the year 2000, the Niewulises left behind a successful business and a comfortable home on the west side of Hickory to start all over on just their religious faith and their experiences.
Today, the House of Hope Foothills stands in the northeast Hickory woods as a quiet testament to how well things have worked 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.”
Kenneth, 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.
Denise "Dee Dee" Niewulis
DeeDee, trained Christian Biblical counselor, free-lance artist, and mediation specialist, is a co-founder of Foothills House of Hope along with her husband, Kenneth 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.
This is her biography.
My name is Maleigha Taylor, born and raised in Hickory, NC. I am a part of the legal administration team and a teacher here at Foothills House of Hope. I started in the spring of 2020. I have been a part of House of Hope through my family since I was young. I am happy and excited to be part of change here in Hickory.