The Jonquil Hotel
When the people who would become Good News Partners first got involved with the North of Howard neighborhood, the Jonquil Hotel was a center for drugs and prostitution in the gang and violence dominated neighborhood. When one of our founders began to hear God calling us to invest in the Jonquil Hotel in 1980, most thought it completely unrealistic. However, through continued prayer, more and more of us at Good News Partners became convinced that this was where God wanted us.
In the years that would follow, the Jonquil Hotel grew into an oasis: a safe respite from the trials of the neighborhood; a place where neighbors check up on each other and help watch each other’s kids.
The Jonquil Hotel is now home to nearly fifty adults and children, as well as the Warnecke Learning Center where the c24-7 program runs after school programs. Since 1990, Richard Marks has been the Hotel's manager. He says, “The purpose of the Jonquil is to glorify God by providing housing, spiritual nourishment, and opportunities to move on into their own apartment or home.”