Hope House

A Quarter Century of Caring

For 25 years, Hope House has served as a lifeline for homeless women and children. We provide our families far more than shelter. We put them back on their feet and give them hope.

Our residents come to us in on a referral basis only. Referrals can come from any social services agency, including domestic violence shelters, the state Department of Social Services, Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter, and local churches.

For up to two years, mothers and their youngsters are nurtured with food and love, supported through crises, taught life skills, and trained for employment. When they “graduate,” we continue to follow them, offering assistance and guidance.

We can accommodate up to 17 mothers and 46 children.

The women work in partnership with Hope House to take charge of their lives. If not working when they enter the program, they must find a job or enroll in classes. If they owe money, they must pay off that debt and start saving. They can’t use drugs or drink, they must adhere to a curfew, and they can’t have overnight guests. Each resident contributes to the daily running of Hope House by taking on household chores.

Safe, affordable childcare often determines whether a woman can hold a job, and in turn, keep her home. At Hope House, the Sunshine Childcare Center provides quality after-school and day-care. This fully-licensed center exposes youngsters to a curriculum of appropriate development activities to build their educational and social abilities.

Hope House works. We have an 87 percent success rate. That means the majority of the women we help will remain in permanent housing and not return to homelessness.

Our vision: Keeping hope alive.

With private donations down and public funding diminishing, Hope House needs your help now more than ever. Please consider making a gift of hope during Hope House’s 25th anniversary year.

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