PLATINUM2024

HOUSE OF HOPE INC

#EmpowerMartin

aka House of Hope   |   Stuart, FL   |  www.hohmartin.org

Mission

House of Hope's mission is to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.

Notes from the nonprofit

House of Hope helps individuals and families retain housing, stabilize their households, and work to develop a plan to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Services include financial assistance and case management, client choice pantry and clothes closet access, workforce development, housing assistance, and enrichment programs that enhance the employability and wellness of participants. House of Hope is a volunteer-driven organization. In FY 2022/2023, 876 volunteers provided 37,822 hours of service. House of Hope operates with the highest integrity, accountability, and efficiency with 90 cents of every dollar going directly to programs and services. In FY22-23, 8000 services were provided monthly, and 1.3 million pounds of food, $107,139 in financial assistance, and 3,322 enrichment services were provided.

Ruling year info

1984

CEO

Mr. Robert Ranieri

Main address

2484 SE Bonita Street

Stuart, FL 34997 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

59-2422998

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Thrift Shops (P29)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2023, 2022 and 2022.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Poverty, hunger, and chronic illness is more prevalent in Martin County than most residents realize. With a population of 162,064 residents, there are 19,448 individuals living below the poverty line and food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from. From a health standpoint, Martin County has a large population that struggles with obesity, diabetes, and lacks basic nutritional knowledge. The need for a better understanding of good nutrition, health education and increased consumption of fruits and vegetables in Martin County is evident. The importance of providing nutrition education and greater access to healthy fruits and vegetables cannot be stressed enough. By easing food insecurity and ensuring our clients have nutritious food on their tables, House of Hope's gardens and agricultural farm can improve health and improve the overall wellness of our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Client Choice Food Pantries

House of Hope operates four Client Choice pantries Martin County (Indiantown, Hobe Sound, Stuart, Jensen Beach). Last fiscal year (10/1/20-9/30/21), House of Hope distributed over 2.1 million pounds of food to hungry individuals, local soup kitchens, shelters, and low income communities. The agency's Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center prepares sandwiches and salads daily for homeless clients, allowing for healthier food choices and improved nutritious consumption. The Nutrition Center processes, packages and freezes excess produce and meats to provide healthy food to clients. Four nutrition gardens and a Production Farm provide fresh produce for the Client Choice pantries in addition to offering educational opportunities to raise awareness of the benefits of healthy food choices. Enrichment Centers provide free workshops to the community to educate about healthy choices, nutrition, and to enhance the employability of clients.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Through Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment), House of Hope offers assistance with food insecurity, life-skills planning, goal setting, and health and nutrition education in order to help a client become more self-sufficient and break the cycle of poverty. Programs follow an empowerment model and include:
1) Financial Assistance/Information and Referral. Qualified Martin County residents may receive help with rent/mortgage, utilities, prescriptions, medical co-pays, and other critical expenses. The primary goal is to keep people safe and healthy, with a roof over their heads — avoiding the even greater crises that homelessness would bring.
2) Clothes Closet: Project HOPE's Clothes Closet program offers clothing, furniture, appliances and small housewares to people in need. These items come from agency thrift stores and they are provided free to people who would otherwise go without.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

House of Hope has developed four Nutrition Gardens in socio-economically disadvantaged neighborhoods within Martin County. Gardens are located in the Golden Gate neighborhood in Stuart, the Banner Lake community in Hobe Sound, East Stuart, Treasure Coast YMCA in Stuart. In 2021, the agency added a Traveling Nutrition Education Garden that will travel to residents in areas that are not easily accessible to the in-ground gardens.
The gardens serve multiple purposes:
• To provide local youth with educational opportunities focused on gardening, healthy eating habits, and basic cooking instruction geared towards preparing healthy meals
• To raise awareness that nutritious food is essential to healthy growth and development
• To increase access to healthy foods (fruits, vegetables and herbs) in order to combat the rising levels of childhood obesity and chronic diseases
• To provide fresh produce to House of Hope Client Choice pantries and other soup kitchens within Martin County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The Golden Gate Center for Enrichment offers the community a variety of free programs, classes, technology, and informational sessions designed to enhance life skills, increase earning potential, and improve health and overall well-being. A second Enrichment Center was opened in 2021 in the agency's Jensen Beach service center to reach more interested residents. Examples of enrichment opportunities provided include:
1) Access to library services and resources, including checkout of materials
2) Access to computers for public use
3) Adult literacy classes (GED and English as a Second Language)
4) Career coaching
5) School readiness
6) Nutrition, health education, immunizations
7) Art classes promoting culture and the entrepreneurial interests

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

The Agricultural and Vocational Production Farm, "Growing Hope Farm," provides greater access to nutritious foods to Martin County residents in need, and eases the pain of hunger for those that are food insecure. House of Hope developed the Farm in order to grow abundant quantities of fresh produce to benefit its clients. With the Farm, there is an ongoing source of fresh vegetables currently being distributed among House of Hope branches and clients. The Farm growing capacity more than doubled in size in 2021. In 2022, the Farm will complete a packing house on site that will increase efficiency and safety of packing larger quantities of produce, offer internship opportunities, and support the local for-profit farmers with industrial packaging equipment available for barter or donations.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Awards

Finalist, Exceptional Non-Profit in Collaboration 2014

211 Treasure Coast

Winner - Outstanding Non-Profit in Martin County 2015

Hobe Sound Community Chest

Awardee - Impact 100 2021

Martin County Community Foundation

Collaborator of the Year Award 2021

United Way of Martin County

Affiliations & memberships

United Way of Martin County 2023

Children's Services Council of Martin County 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Client Choice Food Pantries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pounds of food distributed by House of Hope to clients and partnered nonprofits.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Client Choice Food Pantries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Local, non-profits serving the disadvantaged in the county that come to House of Hope as a food source. House of Hope also refers clients to community resources through these partnerships.

Number of food donation partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Client Choice Food Pantries

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Regular and committed local partners who deliver us large quantities of food regularly (i.e. large grocery chains, fast food chains, etc.)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

House of Hope's primary goal is to stabilize individuals and families in Martin County and guide them toward greater self-sufficiency. Through Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment), people may receive services that include food pantry assistance, case management; financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, critical medical expenses and prescriptions; information & referral; health care navigation; workforce development coaching to secure living wage employment; housing assistance to find safe, affordable housing; and basic life skills training and planning. Increasing access to healthy food options and offering nutrition education learning opportunities is a primary health-related goal of the organization. Long-term goal-setting and guidance by case managers is available to help motivated clients progress toward healthy lifestyles, self-sufficiency and greater economic stability.

Project HOPE is designed to provide immediate assistance to people in crisis and then help them move toward stability and self-sufficiency. The case management team assesses client needs and creates long-range plans. This team, along with trained volunteers and interns, connect hundreds of people each month to vital resources, helping people to navigate the complex social services network. Through workshops, training's, and job coaching all provided free at House of Hope's two Centers for Enrichment and/or one-on-one with the in-house Workforce Coordinator, clients have the opportunity to gain life skills that may lead to employment, higher wages, and improved financial management. Health and nutrition sessions for all ages also demonstrate and encourage clients to cook healthier and to make nutritionally sound food choices.

The strategies built into the programs aim to reduce the number of “assistance-reliant" clients. Project HOPE services are designed to follow best practices methods for effective and empowering case management.

House of Hope has a staff of 48 and an average of 200 monthly volunteers whose primary responsibility is providing assistance and guidance to eligible clients in order to stabilize their situation and help them avoid homelessness. There are four service centers conveniently located throughout Martin County: Stuart, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, and Indiantown. Each branch office is a full-service location that incorporates a Client Choice food pantry, a clothes closet, and access to other community resources. Being strategically located near low socio- economic communities has led to a significant increase of people receiving assistance due to convenient access for people traveling on foot or by bicycle. This delivery model works well in Martin County, where public transportation is very limited. House of Hope has numerous partnerships with other local agencies for referral purposes and collaborations, and is a food bank for 30 area nonprofit soup kitchens, shelters, pantries and youth programs.

The economic downturn of 2008-2012 revealed the need to build a more robust program that provides guidance to people over the long term, focusing on an empowerment model philosophy. House of Hope successfully moved in the direction of longer, more comprehensive case management and has expanded staff to provide efficient service and guidance to those in need.

Launched in 2017, the completion of the Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, four nutrition gardens, an agricultural farm, and the opening of the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment has resulted in a significant increase in the distribution of nutritious foods and the provision of enhanced nutritional education resulting in an increase of healthier food choices and better health habits among clients.

In 2020, House of Hope directly experienced the impact of COVID on the local economy, with a record amount of new clients registered. The agency saw significantly increased need in the community, adjusted to new demands, navigated new federal funding options in collaboration with United Way and local government, and did not turn away eligible residents requesting help.

Service counts have reached new levels, with 8,000 individuals touched each month directly and another 13,000 through food bank partners. Opportunities to expand existing programs are continually pursued, with greenhouse space at the production farm expanding well beyond 65,000 cubic feet and a packing house added to manage the packaging of over 500,000 pounds of fresh produce annually. A traveling nutrition garden allows nutrition education to reach over 5,000 individuals across the region.

A Workforce Development Coordinator was added in 2022 to enhance job placement and internship opportunities for clients. A Housing Coordinator was added in 2023 to help clients secure safe and affordable housing. Health, job readiness, and affordable housing are common and challenging obstacles that the low income community faces in Martin County and House of Hope seeks to empower individuals to overcome these obstacles to reach financial stability.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

HOUSE OF HOPE INC
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

HOUSE OF HOPE INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

D.W. Craig Dreyer

Dreyer Law


Board co-chair

Becky Binder

Stephen Schramm

HBKS Financial

Deborah Lovequist

No affiliation

Jim Schuster

Hans VanDerlip

H.J.V. Enterprises, Inc.

D.W. Craig Dreyer

Attorney, Dreyer Law Firm

Karlette Peck

Rebecca Fiske

The Lotus Room

Becky Binder

Retired Association Executive

Kevin Staten

Bank of America

Anthony Anderson

Retired Educator

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes