Place of Hope, Inc.

Placing Hope in a Child's Future

Palm Beach Gardens, FL   |  www.placeofhope.com

Mission

Place of Hope is dedicated to providing a stable and loving family environment for children who are hurting and their families. We are committed to meeting desperate needs in our community by sharing God's love and placing hope in their lives - one child and family at a time.

Notes from the nonprofit

In an effort to meet the desperate needs of the children, families, and child welfare system in our community, we have developed various programs and have become the largest comprehensive child welfare organization in the region. We are so excited to be celebrating 20 years of operation in 2021! We are thrilled to share that in 2018, Place of Hope was rated, “Number 1 in the State of Florida for Youth Development, Shelter and Crisis services by Charity Navigator!” In 2020, Place of Hope earned its 9th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Only 4% of the charities Charity Navigator reviews have received at least 9 consecutive 4-star evaluations!

Ruling year info

1998

Founding Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Charles L. Bender, III

Main address

9078 Isaiah Ln.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 USA

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EIN

65-0841384

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Florida Department of Children and Families and ChildNet refer our children to us, and we have no control over how long they stay or where they go after they leave. They could be with us for a week, a month, or a year. They could be reunited with their families, adopted, or emancipated from foster care. That is up to the local jurisdiction to decide. What we can control is what their experience is like while they are here. From the first day that a child comes into our care, we strive to provide a stable, loving, and nurturing environment in which they are able to heal, grow, and thrive. We work with each child on an individual basis in order to help them to recognize their personal dreams and goals, and ultimately, become a successful young adult who contributes to society. This one-on-one approach ensures that each child is well prepared for their next step in life, whether it is reunification, adoption, or emancipation.

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?

Family Cottages

Our Family Cottages provide long-term, family-style foster care for "hard-to-place" and other "special needs" foster children. They are situated within safe and serene gated neighborhoods where professionally trained, live-in Cottage Parents devote their full time, talents, and energies to no more than six children in each home. The children in each Family Cottage are parented by Primary Cottage Parents, usually a married couple (with or without children of their own), and a Relief Parent. Although the state’s staff-to-child ratio is one adult to six children (permitting 12 children in each home), we believe that a smaller number enables our Cottage Parents to relate to each child on an individual basis, allowing them to learn about healthy relationships and promoting their healing.

Another way that we strive to promote healthy relationships with our children is by keeping large sibling groups together. While over half of the national foster child population is comprised of sibling groups, they are often separated when entering the foster care system, only furthering their trauma. Place of Hope is one of the few facilities in the state well-equipped to care for large sibling groups, and we are thankful to be able to provide this source of comfort for them.

Place of Hope is also one of the few child welfare organizations able to care for children for an extended period of time. While many foster children experience multiple placements during their time in foster care, the children at Place of Hope are offered stable, loving, and nurturing environments until they either attain permanency (family reunification or adoption) or are of age to live independently (sometimes at our Extended Foster Care Program and Transitional Independent Living Program). This sense of stability is vital to their personal growth as it enables them to focus on important areas of their lives, such as education and extracurricular activities, without fearing a change in their primary environment. In addition to this, we provide our children with opportunities for physical, emotional, social, educational, and spiritual development, including professional case management, access to quality medical care, counseling and therapy, tutoring, mentoring, essential life-skills development, hope, and healing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Place of Hope’s Seven Stars Cottage is Palm Beach County's first faith-based, family-style Emergency Placement and Assessment Center providing short-term care for up to eight boys, ages five to 17, who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. The Emergency Placement and Assessment Center operates in northern Palm Beach County and welcomes them into a safe and secure environment where they are loved and valued. We provide professional case management, counseling and therapy (individual and group), and comprehensive support services to ensure the safety and well-being of our boys, while providing consistent residential care, supervision, and healthy influences that strive to meet each of their physical, emotional, social, educational, and spiritual needs until they either return home or are placed in a more permanent living situation (sometimes in our Family Cottages).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Homes of Hope, our traditional foster care program, is a collaborative effort between Place of Hope, ChildNet, Devereux, and various other organizations in the community that provides support to the local child welfare system by recruiting churches and people of faith as partners to recruit, train, and retain potential foster families, provide material, emotional, and spiritual support to those families and their children, and involve the community of faith in the overall system of care for Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties’ neediest children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We were so excited to celebrate the opening of Joann’s Cottage in March 2012! While statistics show that nearly one in every two girls who spends time in foster care will be pregnant at least once by the age of nineteen, prior to the opening of Joann’s Cottage, there was only one bed available for pregnant girls in foster care in Palm Beach County. In response to this desperate need, the dream for Joann’s Cottage was birthed in the hearts of Place of Hope board members and faithful supporters. Thanks to their vision, and the generosity of The Martin & Parr Family, The Kirkwood Foundation, and Anna M. Turri, who issued a combined matching challenge grant to construct Joann’s Cottage, we are now able to serve up to ten young girls and five babies in our maternity home!

Joann’s Cottage is a faith-based, family-style maternity home for girls providing comprehensive care for young mothers and young mothers-to-be. The maternity home operates at a secured location in a traditional family neighborhood, welcoming girls into a safe, healthy, and productive environment 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Joann’s Cottage provides professional case management, access to quality medical care, independent living services, parenting classes, and comprehensive support services to ensure the safety and well-being of the mothers and mothers-to-be. In addition to this, Joann’s Cottage offers consistent residential care, supervision, and healthy influences that strive to meet each girl’s physical, emotional, social, educational, and spiritual needs.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Villages of Hope, an affiliate of Place of Hope, was organized to provide independent living residential support and essential life-skills development for transitioning and emancipated foster youth and other homeless youth in need. After our first young adult left Place of Hope, we quickly recognized the need for a Transitional Independent Living Program. In September 2006, Villages of Hope acquired a residential community to provide affordable housing and assistance to youth as they develop life-skills and resources and transition to healthy independence. The program serves up to 18 transitioning foster youth, emancipated foster youth, and other homeless youth, ages 18 to 25, for placement in a residential supervised apartment setting at our Villages of Hope Campus.

Having served over 100 young adults at our Villages of Hope Campus, we knew it was time to expand our Transitional Independent Living Program. We were so excited to open the Alumni Impact Girls' Cottage, an Extended Foster Care Dormitory, at Place of Hope at The Leighan and David Rinker Campus in June 2015! There, we are able to serve up to eight girls who are transitioning out of foster care, have been emancipated from foster care, or are homeless. While our Transitional Independent Living Program at Place of Hope at The Leighan and David Rinker Campus is an expansion of our program at Villages of Hope, it has even more capacity for expansion and growth as it will eventually serve over 100 former foster youth, otherwise homeless youth, and homeless families with children at our southern campus in Boca Raton.

At our Transitional Independent Living Program, we are dedicated to providing a supportive and proactive living and learning environment primarily for youth who "age-out" of the state's foster care system. Our objectives are to provide quality, safe, affordable housing, emotional and material support, supportive relationships, goal setting and career planning, education and employment opportunities, life-skills development, and moral and spiritual guidance for the young adults in our care. Life-skills training and development opportunities are also made available to young adults in transition who are living with family members, friends, in other facilities, and attempting to live on their own. We implement a youth-centered approach, allowing participants to decide courses of action for their own futures while promoting access to apartments for self-sufficiency.

In January 2014, the State of Florida initiated an Extended Foster Care Program for transitioning foster youth, ages 18 to 21. This program offers the next natural step of growth and independence for a young adult upon their 18th birthday. Prior to this, when a foster child turned 18, they were forced to leave care, even if they had not finished school or did not have a safe place to go. Villages of Hope is proud to be the first organization to propose this program in Palm Beach County, serving up to four boys in The Honda Classic Boys’ Cottage, an Extended Foster Care Dormitory. In fact, our local child welfare system liked our proposal so much that they asked us if they could share it with other agencies! We are thankful to be serving up to eight girls in the Alumni Impact Girls’ Cottage, an Extended Foster Care Dormitory, at Place of Hope at The Leighan and David Rinker Campus as well.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Human trafficking is an intolerable form of modern day slavery, and shockingly, it happens right here in our own community. In fact, Florida is number three in the nation for reported cases of human trafficking, and Palm Beach County ranks as the third county in Florida with the highest incidence of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline for suspected cases of human trafficking. In an effort to put an end to this inexcusable crime, we have launched a Human Trafficking Initiative in which we provide comprehensive support services for the victims of labor and sex trafficking throughout all of our programs. These services include professional case management, access to quality medical care, counseling and therapy, tutoring, mentoring, essential life-skills development, hope, and healing opportunities.

Place of Hope is also able to offer education and prevention services to the community. We collaborate with Hope for Freedom and the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches by offering presentations and trainings to individuals and agencies that have an interest in learning ways to prevent human trafficking or having the My Life My Choice curriculum implemented by Place of Hope. We also help facilitate the Hope Campaign and are in the process of developing a new social enterprise, Hope Coffee, as well.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of foster youth living with siblings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Place of Hope is one of the few facilities in the state well-equipped to care for large sibling groups, and we are thankful to be able to provide this source of comfort for them.

Hours of tutoring administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

One of our short-term goals is for all of our students to improve their academic performance and for 90% of our students to be promoted to the next grade level (those who are in our care for at least half of the school year). Our long-term goal is for our youth to heal, grow, and thrive physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Another short-term goal is for 90% of our kids to adopt or improve healthy lifestyles by having healthy alternatives to harmful behaviors (those who are in our care for 30 days or more). Our long-term goal is for our youth to recognize their personal dreams and goals and reach their full, God-given potential.

We also have a short-term goal for 85% of our youth to change behaviors or attitudes by having a sense of belonging and understanding the importance of giving (those who are in our care for 30 days or more). Our long-term goal is for our youth to beat the odds, defeat the statistics, and become successful young adults who contribute to society.

Students who need academic assistance (those who “need development" or are “approaching" grade-level standards) receive at least three personal tutoring sessions a month during the school year (until their performance improves by at least one level).

All of our kids, ages six to 17, are strongly encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities through their schools and/or community.

Our youth, ages 13 to 17, are involved in at least 20 hours of community service a year (the number of hours is adjusted for those who turn 13, enter our care, or exit our program during the year).

The children and youth in our care have better educational opportunities than most kids in foster care with consistent, structured, long-term care, enrollment in private schools, and involvement in extracurricular activities.

In 2020, 100% percent of our students were promoted to the next grade level!

In 2020, 100% percent of our kids adopted or improved healthy lifestyles through participating in extracurricular activities!

In 2020, 83% of our youth changed behaviors or attitudes through being involved in at least 20 hours of community service, and several of them completed additional hours as well! In fact, six of our youth completed over 100 community service hours, and one completed over 200 hours!

Financials

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Operations

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

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Place of Hope, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ronald "Mickey" Nocera

CI Global Financial

Ronald "Mickey" Nocera

Place of Hope; CI Global Financial

Donna Mullins

Place of Hope; Christ Fellowship Church

Thomas Mullins, D.Min.

Place of Hope; Christ Fellowship Church

John Christiansen

Place of Hope; Law Offices of John T. Christiansen

Joseph Kloba, Ed.D.

Place of Hope; Palm Beach Atlantic University

Thomas Lane

Place of Hope; Energy Capital Partners

Cheryl Martin

Place of Hope

J. Todd Mullins, D.Min.

Place of Hope; Christ Fellowship Church

Leighan Rinker, Ed.D.

Place of Hope; Beginnings of PBC; Paradox Properties

Kathleen Speh-Frazier

Place of Hope

Charles Bender, III

Place of Hope

Ellis McKenzie

Place of Hope; New Creation Baptist Church, New Generation Missionary and Creation Caribbean Mission

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/27/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.