Ambassadors of Hope

Connect. Learn. Grow…. with Place Of Hope

Ambassadors of Hope celebrates local south Florida leaders who are making a difference in our community and region through Place of Hope. We will discuss our nonprofit’s mission of providing a stable and loving environment for children, youth and families that are hurting by sharing inspiring stories of those who have crossed our path–our Ambassadors. They are people who have faced adversity and overcome challenges and community members dedicated to impacting lives for generations to come. With a goal to help end cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness, poverty, and human trafficking for children and young adults, Ambassadors of Hope will do what Place of Hope’s Ambassadors do everyday: work to change our world one life and one child at a time.

Connect. Learn. Grow…. with Place Of Hope

Charles L. Bender III
Founding CEO, Board Member

Charles is the Founding CEO of Place of Hope, a faith-based and state-licensed family-style residential child-caring agency for abused and neglected children, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He earned his B.A. degree in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University and also studied at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Charles came to Place of Hope in 1999 following many years of work with various housing, social, and human services organizations throughout Palm Beach County. He has participated in numerous community committees, task forces, special initiatives, and boards. He has been a team member of several other local leading organizations including: Palm Beach County Housing and Community Development, Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc., the City of Delray Beach Community Development Division. The majority of Charles’ work has involved low-income individuals and families, homeless and substance abusing populations, and at-risk/dependent children and youth. Prior to spearheading implementation of Place of Hope, Charles was a primary volunteer in the multi-year visioning and development processes while still a “vision” of Christ Fellowship (founding church).

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