Over 20 Years Of Building Hope One Life At A Time
Place of Hope is a faith-based, state-licensed children and families organization focused on providing programs and services to end the cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty, homelessness and human trafficking. Caring for over 8,000 children, youth and families each year, we are one of the largest, most diverse, residential organizations in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Our goal is to help those we serve find healing and restoration, which leads to a successful future.
Since 2001 we have served with the generosity of our supporters:
- 30,000+ foster children, aged-out foster youth, homeless youth, single mothers with dependent children, and human trafficking survivors
- 634+ siblings were kept together
- 373+ forever families were created through adoption
- 373+ aged-out foster youth or homeless youth transitioned into healthy adulthood
- 125+ new moms and babies were served through our comprehensive maternity home
In 2015 we were invited by former Senate President, Joe Negron, along with former Speaker pro tempore Marylynn Magar and then Representative (currently Senator) Gayle Harrell to expand our resources and high-quality care to the Treasure Coast communities.
Providing Hope Together
Last year, Place of Hope took ownership of and dedicated our new Stuart Campus and formally launched Phases I and II of our Capital Expansion Campaign. The momentum is exciting! The campus was given to Place of Hope by Samaritan’s Home for Boys & Families. This is another historic milestone for Place of Hope, and we are grateful that God continues (along with our community) to trust us and provide these opportunities. This is the same way in which we received our Leighan and David Rinker (Boca) Campus ten years ago as well as our KidSanctuary Campus in August 2022.
All three non-profit organizations have entrusted Place of Hope to continue their legacies of service, excellence, housing, provision, and ministry. Also, in 2022, Place of Hope again received the designation as #1 in The Nation (with a perfect score of 100 / 4 Stars) of all charities in our category, by Charity Navigator!
In Stuart, after 60 years of serving boys and families, Samaritan’s Home decided to close and give its assets to Place of Hope. We have begun significant improvements (planning and construction). We have already raised 85% ($9,500,000) of the projected amount of funds needed ($11,000,000) to complete (debt-free) two out of three initial phases. We have demolished six structures and made several other needed site improvements. The community (regionally) is rallying behind this project and the needs are great. There are no programs like this in Martin County.
This region is exceedingly generous in its individual and collective philanthropy, both here and around the world. This community’s commitment to faithfully serving those Jesus referred to as “the least of these” is an example for all.
Place of Hope was presented with a challenge to provide care and services to the Treasure Coast area, but this opportunity requires significant improvements and infrastructure development to our new Stuart campus. There are various naming opportunities in our capital campaign that will ensure God’s children, youth, and families are properly cared for, and wrap around services are provided as we together transition them to healthy independence.
Hope is on the horizon as this campus will serve pre-18 foster children and youth, former foster youth who have aged out, homeless youth, single moms with dependent children, and human trafficking survivors. Phases I & II include a Neighborhood Foster Care Family Cottage, two “Mommy and Me” Transitional Housing Cottages, as well as The Bender Family Village with two eight-unit two bedroom/two bath Independent Living & Transitional Housing Complexes. The first complex has been named, The Snyder Family Complex.
Within each complex are eight cottages. Each cottage within the complex is $200,000. Chuck and Diane Hanlon have provided for the first unit in the Snyder Family Complex. The Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation has provided for the second unit, and the third of eight units is The Ambassador Impact Cottage.
Ambassador Impact Cottage
This cottage will house single moms with dependent children, providing them with safety, stability, guidance, and resources through our Independent Transitional Housing program, who otherwise would be homeless. Our goal for the Ambassador Impact Cottage is to raise $200,000.
To do this, we have launched our new Ambassador Impact Cottage Campaign that challenges the community to come together collectively (at various amounts), as “Ambassadors” to raise the needed $200,000 through the community’s combined efforts, energies, gifts, fundraising events, and generosity. Individual gifts of all amounts will be recognized as delineated below. Ambassadors who choose to help raise funds through events, peer-to-peer requests, or via personal contacts with foundations, families, and individual contacts, will also be recognized as delineated below (funds can be given or raised), along with the donors.
An update on our progress as of May 2023…
Full renovations have commenced on our Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation Neighborhood Foster Care Family Cottage (6-8 beds for hard-to-place children). The Lane Family Endowment for the Future has been established and funded for the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation Neighborhood Foster Care Family Cottage, and the Pine Creek Members Society has made a generous gift toward the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation Neighborhood Foster Care Family Cottage.
Full renovations have commenced on our two Berlin Family Foundation “Mommy and Me” Transitional Housing Cottages for young mothers with children (Villages of Hope program).
The Boswell Family Education and Enrichment Academy has been established and will grace our Seymore St. John Outreach Center. Within the Boswell Family Education and Enrichment Academy, is our Morgridge Family Foundation Training, Education and Gathering Space.
The Sal and Kim Tiano Endowment for the Future has been established for the Campus. The Donna Gayle Stevens Endowment Fund has been established for the Campus.
We received approval to move forward with future expansion, including planning, site development, infrastructure, and construction of two new transitional housing buildings (16 cottages/32 beds). The expansion area within the campus is named The Bender Family Village (made possible by Bobbi & John Erbey) and the first complex has been named, The Snyder Family Complex (made possible by Bobbi & John Erbey). Chuck and Diane Hanlon have provided the first of eight Cottages (unit #1) within the first new building in our Snyder Family Complex in the Bender Family Village. The Gary & Vivienne Player Foundation has provided the second cottage (unit #2) within the Snyder Family Complex. The Ambassador Impact Cottage will be the third unit (unit #3). The Cannon Family, Christ Memorial Chapel, D & H Enterprises of Florida, and Wiglesworth-Rindom Insurance Agency have joined the Ambassador Impact Society with a gift toward the Ambassador Impact Cottage!
Multiple additional capital naming opportunities are available, and all gifts will help us toward our Phases I and II goal of $11,000,000.
The southern Florida philanthropic community has a fervent desire to participate in the success of this next phase and build on this beautiful and unique campus. We would love the opportunity to speak with you and anyone you know who might be interested in generously giving toward this community-wide effort. We are also excited to discuss individual fundraising efforts which can help us move the needle closer to the combined goal. We appreciate your help and consideration in changing lives for many years to come.