Hope House Staff


  • Nathan Workman, Co-Executive Director

    Nathan Workman serves as Co-Executive Director and Director of Development for Gratiot County Hope House. He is also co-founder of the organization.  He and his wife, Jennifer came to Gratiot County in 2004 to serve at the Edgewood Church of God and then to the St. Louis First Church of God.  In addition to working at Hope House Nathan is the co-Pastor of Restoration 58:12 Church in St. Louis.  He and Jennifer have two grown children, Abby and Ethan.  Nathan loves guitars, cars of almost any kind & most sports. 

  • Jake Gregory, Co-Executive director

    Jake Gregory serves as Co-Executive Director and Director of Operations at Gratiot County Hope House.  He is also co-founder of the organization.  He and his wife, Allison, first came to Gratiot County in 2014 to serve at the St. Louis Church of the Nazarene.  In addition to working at Hope House Jake is the co-pastor of Restoration 58:12 Church in St. Louis.  They have three small children, Carter, Darren, & Hallie.  Jake is a Michigan native and enjoys many Michigan outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, hunting, boating, and classic cars. 

  • Rachel Smith, executive assistant

    Rachel Smith serves as Executive Assistant for the Gratiot County Hope House. She graduated from Alma High School in 2008 and then I received my Associate Degree in Sociology from Mid-Michigan Community College in 2013. She and her husband, Trevor have 2 children, Olivia (7) and Weston (2). They love to camp and go on adventures. They are members of the Alma First Church of God.  Rachel has a passion of helping people and feels truly blessed with the opportunity to be a part of Hope House.

  • Michele Graham, Resource Navigator & Case Manager

    Michele serves as one of our two Resource Navigators and Case Managers.  Her role is to come alongside shelter guests, assist and connecting them to area resources and walk with them on their steps from crisis to stability. 


    When asked about why she wanted to work at Hope House, she had this to say, 


    "I have been involved with community service for several years. Hope House homeless shelter is an organization that became near and dear to me. Homelessness can be one catastrophe waiting to happen. Giving a roof over someone's head and a warm meal; while building relationships and resources to recover from their current situation. Hope House can be the answer in filling the gap."

  • Linda Hanson, Resource Navigator & Case manager

    Linda serves as one of our two Resource Navigators and Case Managers.  Her role is to come alongside shelter guests, assist and connecting them to area resources and walk with them on their steps from crisis to stability. 


    When asked about why she wants to work at Hope House, Linda had this to say, 


    "Life is never a journey but more of an adventure. I'm am very excited about this new adventure at Hope House. My background has lots for me to offer here. I earned my BA at SVSU in English Secondary Education with a minor in theater/communications. Throughout my life I have been a school teacher, business owner, and a DJ. My five kiddos have all grown, married and moved on.


    Throughout the last ten years I have dealt with ups and downs of depression with a diagnosis of MDD. During my struggle I have spent time living on a park bench at one time ad promised myself if I ever got back on my feet Id pay it forward. Three years ago I began a treatment program and my therapist literally saved my life. I'm here at Hope House ready to begin the forward payment.


    I'm very excited to be part of this awesome program and ready to help those facing the challenges of homelessness."

  • Lisa Ridge, shelter coordinator

    Lisa serves as our Shelter Coordinator.  She oversees our team of Shelter Assistants as well as many facility relates maters.  She is a graduate of Ithaca High School and worked for GM for 22 years.  She likes cooking and working in her flower gardens.  When asked about working at Hope House Lisa had to say this, I am so excited and grateful for this new opportunity at Gratiot County Hope House and to be able to work and give back the community I grew up in."