Hope for Life

Youth empowered to escape homelessness and holistically thrive

Seattle, WA   |  www.hopeforlife.us

Mission

Providing youth with holistic, family-centered, and trauma-informed interventions to escape homelessness and achieve a flourishing future.

Ruling year info

2017

US Executive Director / Co-Founder

Megan Chao

Main address

PO Box 75684

Seattle, WA 98175 USA

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EIN

61-1806775

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over the last decade, the number of children living on the streets in Rwanda has rose sharply. Due to an increasing income gap, even more are at risk of becoming homeless. Children take to the streets for many reasons, primarily extreme poverty and abuse. Living on the street exposes children, some as young as four-years-old, to violence, hunger, disease, and drug abuse.

Our programs

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

Rehabilitation Program

The Rehabilitation Program provides transitional housing and holistic services to enable youth to escape homelessness. 25 youth are served at a time with 24/7 rehabilitative care including education, physical and mental health services, faith formation, and family reconciliation.

Population(s) Served

Connecting youth experiencing homelessness with resources and services to meet their basic needs and develop long-term solutions. Once a week, youth have access to services like meals, showers, laundry, referrals to community partners and individualized case management. The program currently serves an average of 50 youth per week.

Population(s) Served

Youth and families are healed and empowered through trainings and trauma-informed reconciliation. Once a youth is reintegrated to his family or community, regular follow-up from trained professionals is provided to ensure a successful and lasting reunification.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Hope for Life believes that all children have a right to a fulfilling life. Our goal is to reduce the number of children living on the street while also rehabilitating those who are currently homelessness. Reintegrating with family is the ultimate goal.

Hope for Life utilizes three programs to empower youth’s transition off the streets and back into healthy families. All programs take a holistic approach, addressing the complete individual and the many, complex needs.

The Outreach Program connects youth experiencing homelessness with resources and services to meet their basic needs and develop long-term solutions. Once a week, youth have access to services like meals, showers, laundry, referrals to community partners and individualized case management. The program currently serves an average of 50 youth per week.

The Rehabilitation Program provides transitional housing and holistic services to enable youth to escape homelessness. 25 youth are served at a time with 24/7 rehabilitative care including education, physical and mental health services, faith formation, and family reconciliation.

The Reintegration Program works with youth and families to heal and empower through trainings and trauma-informed reconciliation. Once a youth is reintegrated to his family or community, regular follow-up from trained professionals is provided to ensure a successful and lasting reunification.

Hope for Life firmly believes in taking a community-centered, culturally-relevant approach to all programs. That is why all programs in Rwanda are staffed and operated by local professionals. Hope for Life's social workers, counselors, teachers, residential counselors, and support staff apply evidence-based and trauma-informed care.

Hope for Life is also a well-respected organization in Rwanda, well-known and revered by the local community and government. Many community members use Hope for Life's space to gather and learn.

Over the last 10 years, Hope for Life has housed and rehabilitated over 120 children, enrolled over 250 in school, and impacted over 1050 lives. 11 youth who were once homeless have successfully graduated high school or vocational training, and are now financially independent. More graduates are expected each year. Three children have received life-saving surgeries, two of whom can now walk for the first time.

However, the number of street children in Rwanda continues to rise. Our rehabilitative home has reached its capacity, but many children continue to seek our support. Construction for a second home began January 2020, with plans to open early 2021, housing 32 more children at a time.

Of course, we will continue to deliver on the excellent care we have come to be known for by helping each child seek an abundant life.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Hope for Life

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Emily Kuhn

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Term: 2019 -

Megan Chao

Hope for Life

Kari Fordice

Jane Gunningham

Philip Keeton

Board leadership practices

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  • 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? No