Nueva Esperanza- New Hope Girls Inc

Rescue. Refuge. Redemption.

aka New Hope Girls   |   Sarasota, FL   |
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Nueva Esperanza- New Hope Girls Inc

EIN: 45-0735926


Nueva Esperanza - New Hope Girls, Inc exists to provide rescue, refuge and redemption in the Dominican Republic. We fight abuse, exploitation, and trafficking of young girls and adult women through various programs and interventional strategies. It is our goal to help each girl and each woman grab onto her untouchable worth and step into all she was created to be.

Ruling year info



Joy Reyes

Executive Manager

Caitlyn Scaggs

Main address

4741 Baycedar Ln

Sarasota, FL 34241 USA

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Subject area info



Community and economic development


Human rights

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Population served info

Women and girls

Low-income people

Extremely poor people

Victims of crime and abuse


NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

New Hope Girls is fighting back against the trafficking, exploitation and abuse of young girls and women in the Dominican Republic. This is a complicated problem related to lack of education, extreme poverty, and a culture of machismo. However, we are steadfast and committed to this fight and are strategically pushing back on the darkness each and every day.

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?

Residential Care - Safe Homes

We provide refuge for girls coming from the darkest places. With us, these girls, ages 2-20, find safety and all of their needs cared for. They receive trauma informed therapy, excellent nutrition, educational support (and enrollment in school once on level) and enriching activities. It is our goal to help every girl within our care understand their untouchable worth such that she can grow to become every bit of what she was created to be. Many of our girls stay with us long-term, some of our girls have been with us 9-10 years. Our care model is not institutionalized in nature but is a family model with caregivers who are like "aunties" to our girls and the other girls in our homes become sisters.

Population(s) Served
Young girls
Adolescent girls

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 jobs created and maintained

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We created 7 new jobs in the workshop for at-risk moms.

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

We exist to help provide rescue, refuge, and restoration for girls and women in the Dominican Republic. We are seeking to break cycles of exploitation and replace them with cycles of empowerment. It is our goal to help girls and women heal as they learn about their deep and lasting worth. As they heal and grow, we are seeking to raise leaders - within their households and the community. We know that those who are empowered ultimately become the empowerers.

There are three areas that we work to strategically rescue girls and empower women in the Dominican Republic.

First, we have residential Safe Homes that welcome girls coming from the darkest of circumstances. With us, they find conditions necessary to heal and grow up in a healthy and loving environment. They are provided with excellent nutrition, educational support to get on-level, formal schooling once on-level, trauma informed therapy, and lots of fun. Our goal is that these amazing girls grow to know that they have untouchable worth. As they do so, we aim to help these girls become cycle-breakers and leaders within their community.

Additionally, we have a goal of helping mothers provide for their children with honor and in a safe manner. We accomplish this through our workshop in which beautiful handbags and accessories bags are sewn. The women are paid a living wage, mentored, and supported through the many ups and downs of life. We know that we can - and are - breaking cycles of exploitation and are replacing them with cycles of empowerment.

Lastly, we proactively work within the community through a weekly girls club that invites young girls from the poorest portion of the community to come hear a message of hope, learn safety information, and have lots of fun as they do so! We also help provide school supplies for these same girls to ensure that barriers to education are overcome. This strategic arm also helps us identify girls who need resources or perhaps rescue.

We are actively meeting our goals and have the capabilities to carry out all the aforementioned strategies. We have the residences and highly trained staff in place to provide excellent care to the girls entrusted to us. They have weekly staff meetings in which training in trauma-informed therapy is provided to ensure there are consistent in-service opportunities for growth.

Additionally, our workshop employs 15 women, all of which are mothers. We are always seeking ways to grow in our impact and ability to serve more women and girls. For example, in 2023 we opened a fourth Safe Home for girls who are transitioning from childhood to young adulthood.

Lastly, we are growing our outreach program and have established an internship program associated with it. This will allow girls who have grown up through the program the opportunity to pour into the lives of the upcoming generation. It is beautiful and powerful to see this happen!

We have accomplished so much already - immeasurably more than we ever dreamed! We are committed to being faithful with what we hold in our hand today and are expectant that God will invite us into more - as He has done since the beginning!

When we began 13 years ago it was in a tiny shack on the side of the hill. The property was generously donated but a sweet woman in the community. It didn't have running water - but it was a sanctuary for the girls that we welcomed in our care. It was refuge. Since that time, we have grown to 4 different properties within our network of Safe Homes. Those homes are not just buildings and the care provided is not institution-like in nature. Our homes are full of light and hope. Each girl is celebrated for the unique creation that she is! It is our joy - our privilege.

When our workshop began it was women sitting around an old table, in the back room of a house, sewing embellishments on flip flops by hand. Now, we have a 3-floor production facility and a full production line as we sew beautiful bags. Wow, we have come so far! Along the way, Vera Bradley mentored our team and helped us establish patterns and the production flow. We have been mentored well and loved well by the people of Vera Bradley.

As of 2023, we are seeking to establish a Forensic Intake room on our property. It requires electronics and much cooperation from government officials. It is our goal that our girls will only have to share their painful stories one time. This honors them and helps avoid re-victimization and triggers, which happen when girls are required to repeat their story and also share it in large courtrooms or otherwise uncomfortable settings. We have already met with state-side child advocacy centers and toured their spaces to understand best practices. We believe that we can help shape the future of victim care in the Dominican Republic and this Forensic Intake room is a huge step in that direction.

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.

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    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

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Nueva Esperanza- New Hope Girls Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Audited Financial Statements
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.32 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.4 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Nueva Esperanza- New Hope Girls Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Nueva Esperanza- New Hope Girls Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $29,606 $54,194 $71,669 $228,241 $577,515
As % of expenses 19.9% 34.1% 29.7% 66.0% 84.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $29,606 $54,194 $71,669 $219,819 $533,719
As % of expenses 19.9% 34.1% 29.7% 62.0% 73.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $178,198 $213,165 $260,802 $513,704 $1,486,867
Total revenue, % change over prior year 23.7% 19.6% 22.3% 97.0% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 18.9% 32.1% 13.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.4% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 80.3% 67.6% 86.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $148,592 $158,971 $240,989 $345,920 $682,921
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.6% 7.0% 51.6% 43.5% 0.0%
Personnel 24.2% 18.2% 38.5% 27.6% 45.9%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 52.7% 1.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 10.3% 7.4% 9.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 1.8% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 75.8% 81.8% 50.3% 10.5% 43.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $148,592 $158,971 $240,989 $354,342 $726,717
One month of savings $12,383 $13,248 $20,082 $28,827 $56,910
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $44,150 $29,900 $730 $71,480 $103,632
Total full costs (estimated) $205,125 $202,119 $261,801 $454,649 $887,259

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Months of cash 2.3 4.0 5.1 9.0 17.4
Months of cash and investments 2.3 4.0 5.1 9.0 17.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.5 1.3 4.4 8.5 13.1
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Cash $28,485 $53,238 $102,957 $260,087 $990,168
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $633 $28,592
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $198,675 $228,575 $229,305 $327,417 $697,622
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 18.1% 12.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.4% 12.6% 4.5% 2.8% 1.9%
Unrestricted net assets $192,065 $246,259 $317,928 $0 $1,352,389
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $269,411
Total net assets $192,065 $246,259 $317,928 $537,747 $1,621,800

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Joy Reyes

Joy Reyes serves as the Executive Director of New Hope Girls, an organization that fights trafficking, abuse and exploitation within the Dominican Republic (DR). Joy’s academic roots are in education and psychology with an advanced degree in Educational Leadership (MA). After 7 years of teaching within the United States, she and her husband, Vidal, began a 1 year commitment to serve in the DR. That one year dedicated to educational missions work has transformed into an 18-year journey that is now focused on rescuing girls and empowering women. Along the way, their family grew to include 4 children. Presently, Joy and Vidal continue to serve and live in the DR. It is their life’s work to rescue girls and empower women, as they seek to pierce the darkness with light.

Executive Manager

Caitlyn Scaggs

Caitlyn Scaggs, M.S., has enjoyed a career full of plot twists. Fresh out of college she was a police officer but five years later, transitioned into marketing and communications. Later, she established her own marketing agency, ultimately selling it 18 months later. For a time, she served as an Associate Vice President and Spokesperson at Radford University. Each and every step of her career adventure has been centered around growth, leaving a lasting impact, and leading others wholeheartedly. In her current role, Scaggs serves as Executive Manager of New Hope Girls. Her state-side position is a blend of public relations, marketing, and business development. The overarching goal of her position is to advance the organization’s mission to rescue girls and empower women. Scaggs is also a traditionally published author. Her debut book, "Worth it and Wonderful," was written to inspire and encourage women.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 07/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Reid Lehman

Rob Wallstrom

LTV Advisory

Stephanie Scheele

Vera Bradley Foundation

Vicki Rogers

Manna Ministry

Brian King

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

Chris Pott

CFO & Investor

Joy Reyes

New Hope Girls

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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/4/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/04/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.