House of Faith Ministry, Inc.

House of Hope is part of the House of Faith Ministry, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of hurting women who have been victims of domestic violence in Dutchess County, New York.

Our purpose is to minister life, hope and the healing love to women who are
dying mentally, emotionally and spiritually; due to unresolved present and past hurts, wounds, dependencies, and addictive behavior.

We believe that every person no matter how young or how old deserves to be
safe from harm by those who live with them, care for them, or come in daily contact with them. We believe that no one deserves to be abused regardless of their faith or economic status.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the threat, attempt, or act of physical harm made against you or a member of your family by another member of your family or someone you live with, or have lived with in the past as if you were related by blood or marriage.

WHAT CONSTITUTES PHYSICAL ABUSE?

Hitting, shoving, pinching, pulling hair, bruising, kicking, twisting arm, biting, burning, restraining, scratching, stabbing, shooting, raping, slapping. A violent act is one that is carried out with the knowledge that the likely consequences of it will be physical injury or pain to another person.

WHAT IS EMOTIONAL DEPENDENCY?

Emotional Dependency is the belief that the ongoing presence and/or nurturing of another person is necessary for personal security or self-worth.

HOW CAN I KNOW I AM EMOTIONALLY DEPENDENT?

Here are just a few of the ways you can tell if you are emotionally dependent. An intense preoccupation with the other woman, the need to be around her to hear her voice several times a day. A sense of loss or incompleteness when you can't be near her. The need to be the exclusive love another women's life and the only sole source of companionship she has. Viewing other women in her life as competition. In a word, JEALOUSY. An inability to make decisions or take action without the other women's approval.

Reverend Luader SmithAbout the Founder

Minister Luader Smith, was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi on January
5, 1963. Both her mother and grandfather were preachers. She
started serving the Lord at a very young age: Sunday school
teacher, missionary, youth leader, and speaker.

In 1990, Minister Smith arrived in the Hudson Valley and married
Julius Smith they live in Wappingers Falls, New York and have two
sons, Charleston and Timothy. She was licensed as a Minister in July 2002.  

Additionally to her credit she has co-authored and produced one of the
most talked about four-act play on Domestic Violence entitled, "There
Is Hope", as a results she has become a highly sought after public speaker
in the area of Domestic Violence.

She has received numerous awards for assisting battered, abused, drug addicted, homeless, jobless and others in need of putting their lives back together.

In 2002 Min. Smith was given a spiritual vision to establish a shelter in the Hudson Valley for victims of Domestic Violence. This birth of such a divine vision has pressed her to create and incorporate House of Faith Ministry, Inc. which she currently serves as Executive Director. The House of Faith Ministry D/B/A/ Hudson Valley House of Hope opened its doors on July 15, 2008. Minister Smith dedicates House of Faith Ministry in memory of her sister, Brenda Dillon, who suffered from domestic violence and died at the age of 45.

Minister Smith believes that if she can help somebody as she passes along then she knows that her living shall not be in vain.