Our Youth

The children and youth at Place of Hope have experienced tragedies of abuse and neglect. Will and Dorson were living on the street, Rasool was not eating, Kerri was exposed to drugs and an unsafe lifestyle, Josh was abused and witnessed the abuse of his younger sisters, Ryan did not […]

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Keith and Michelle

Travis & Michelle

Last Fall Travis and Michelle were in the process of adopting the child who was placed with them. Travis felt that they should take a few months “off” from taking in any more children. The holidays were quickly approaching and his work load was increasing, life was going to get […]

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Luke & Jenny

Luke, Jenny and their two daughters, Ellie and Kira, began their fostering journey with Place of Hope about five years ago. They adopted their second placement, Jax, after having him in their home for more than a year. Luke and Jenny then had a seven-week-old boy placed in their care […]

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Tiffany came into the care of Joann’s Cottage at twenty-two years old. She decided that she wanted to live life independently and pursue her dreams. Pregnant, with no job or car, all of the odds seemed to be stacked against her. When Tiffany first arrived at Joann’s Cottage, transitioning to […]

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At a very young age Kerri’s dad passed away and her mother fell into a life controlled by drugs and alcohol. Kerri found herself in an extremely unstable environment and always had a spirit of fear. When she was home she never knew who would be coming into her house. […]

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After his mom lost her job, Dorson was living on the streets. Trying to stay together as a family, he, along with his brother and mother, constantly moved back and forth between hotels, abandoned buildings and family’s homes. With nowhere to turn and no income, they found themselves rummaging for […]

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At the age of 18, Ryan became homeless. Forced to leave their home, he and his father had no place to go. Ryan spent his last semester of high school bouncing from one friend’s home to another, constantly feeling uncertain of where he might go next. Over time he ran […]

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Mary was taken from her parents at the age of four due to violence in the home. She and her three siblings were placed with their grandmother. Shortly after, her grandmother found out she had cancer so Mary and her siblings had to be separated until they could locate a […]

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Neglected by her mom, Mariah was adopted by her grandmother at age three and lived with her until she got sick and passed away. After a short stay with her aunt and uncle, Mariah came to live at Place of Hope when she was 16. She recalls her very first […]

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“When I was 14 years old I thought I had found love. He showed me all the attention I wanted, told me I was beautiful and that he loved me. It was not long before he began selling me multiple times a night and would take all the money earned […]

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