Hope Station

Raising up champions for children with special needs in China

Minnetonka, MN   |
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Hope Station

EIN: 46-0777491


Hope Station serves children who are orphaned and vulnerable by raising up champions and caregivers who are motivated by love and equipped to care for their unique needs.

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Founder, Executive Director

Ms. Rebekah Jo Kepha

Main address

3712 Farmington Rd

Minnetonka, MN 55305 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Family services

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth



People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Children\u0027s and Youth Services (P30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Family Services (P40)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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What we aim to solve

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Every year, around 100,000 children are abandoned across China. 98% of them have special needs. Child to caregiver ratios in orphanages are sometimes as high as 40:1 and caregivers have little to no training around special needs.\n\nChildren who have been orphaned or abandoned are some of the hardest children in China to reach. Children with special needs are left out in the cold simply because their families weren\u0027t prepared to face the social stigma of raising a child who is different. Kept behind closed orphanage doors, they are unwanted and untouchable.

Our programs

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

Family Strengthening

Children often end up in orphanages not because they don’t have loving parents, but because their families didn’t have the support they needed to care for a special needs child. Hope Station connects directly with these families to support them and walk with them as they raise their children at home. We believe that supporting families in need is the answer to seeing a China without orphans!

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

The majority of children in orphanages have special needs or develop special needs as they grow up in an orphanage. Many of them have no access to therapy. Through Hope Station’s Therapy Program, children receive therapy in many forms from professional therapists. Each victory brings them closer to a thriving, independent life.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Too many children in Asia are waiting to be adopted. Hope Station advocates for these waiting children and offers support to families in the adoption process. (We are NOT an adoption agency.) We are honored to have walked with some incredible forever families as they journeyed through adoption, both before and after their “Gotcha!” days.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Children with special needs in China too often end up in local orphanages. Though we believe that preserving families is most important, we recognize that orphanages still exist and there are still children in need. As the local situation allows, our team enters local orphanages to provide much needed services to the children and staff there. These services include but are not limited to: special needs therapy, caregiver training, equipment and supplies donation, special activities, and 1 on 1 care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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HOPE STATION serves children who are orphaned by raising up champions and caregivers who are motivated by love and equipped to care for their unique needs. We partner with local organizations and people to provide real and lasting solutions for vulnerable children and families through support for local orphanages, caregiver training, therapy, and support for local special needs families. The children we serve will move from simply surviving towards thriving.\n\nA champion is any adult who will do whatever it takes to see that child thrive. Champions are caregivers, parents, teachers, volunteers, therapists. Of course, forever parents are the ultimate champion for any child. But unfortunately, many children (and especially those with special needs) will never know the love of a mom or dad. Hope Station stands in the gap for these children. Raising up champions for each one.\n\nChildren with special needs are sometimes viewed as undesirable. It\u2019s not a given that their caregivers will see their value and be moved to love them well. Caring for children with special needs can also be really tough. It requires a very unique skill set and lots of perseverance. This is why we strive to raise up champions that are both motivated by love and equipped to care for children. One is not enough without the other.\n\nHope Station extends a hand of hope. Whether living in an orphanage or living in a vulnerable family, every child deserves the chance to thrive. Our volunteers go into local orphanages week after week to hold a crying baby, to play face-to-face with a child who\u0027s been forgotten, to sing happy birthday to a teen who\u0027s never blown out the candles before. Hope Station staff members meet with young parents who just found out their son has autism and don\u0027t know where to turn. Our trained therapists listen to orphanage caregivers share their struggles and then offer practical solutions.\n\nAs children receive Hope Station\u0027s support, no longer are they ignored or invisible. They are precious, they are known, and they are loved.

Hope Station serves children and vulnerable families in 5 distinct ways:\n\n1on1 Volunteers: Hope Station has an incredible team of consistent volunteers who give their heart and their time to children living full time in orphanages. We host volunteer visits at least once a week in our partner orphanages, during children get to spend quality 1on1 time with a loving adult. Volunteers commit to visit every week for an entire semester so that children have time to build a quality relationship with them.\n\nCaregiver Training: Orphanage caregivers are often uneducated and receive little to no training regarding special needs. Hope Station\u0027s team of experts provides monthly training opportunities to caregivers on special needs, basic care methods, and child development.\n\nTherapy: Children with special needs require specialized therapy services in order to reach their full potential. Hope Station\u0027s team of therapists (both volunteers and staff) provides direct 1on1 therapy services to children in need.\n\nAdoption Support: While we are not an adoption agency, we stand in the gap for waiting children and families. We provide a real person connection to the child as parents wait to meet their children. And we continue staying in touch with adoptive families after their \u0022gotcha day\u0022 to provide a connection to the child\u0027s first home for whenever he might want it.\n\nFamily Strengthening Services: Local families who have special needs children are in desperate need of support. Hope Station provides resources, training opportunities, companionship, financial support, and therapy services.

The Right People:\nHope Station believes that the best way to support people is through people. Each person on our team -- staff, therapists, experts, and volunteers -- is specifically chosen, trained, and equipped to serve our constituents. On our team we have therapists, teachers, moms, dads, adoptive parents, special needs parents and siblings, and a variety of others uniquely picked to provide our unique services.\n\nCollaboration:\nHope Station believes that collaboration is the key to a changed society. For that reason, we eagerly pursue collaborations with like-minded organizations and businesses. Our partnerships with local therapy centers, counseling centers, medical professionals, and adoption agencies have set our programs up for success.

In 2019:\n2 orphanages received support services\n75 children served in orphanages\n35 orphanage volunteers\n10 caregivers supported\n144 orphanage visits\n7 kids received therapy\n4 families received adoption support\n3 local special needs families supported\n\nIn 2020 and beyond, we hope to see more families supported through our Family Strengthening Program. We hope to collaborate with more organizations or businesses that are doing similar work, and see an increase in the amount of support that is available to special needs people and families in our region.


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Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

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Founder, Executive Director

Ms. Rebekah Jo Kepha

Rebekah (Wilder) Kepha had a passion from age 9 to help children in China. She grew up in Minnetonka, MN, and graduated from Northwestern College, St. Paul with a degree in Intercultural Studies, Children and Family Studies, and Mandarin Chinese. Rebekah is a certified Mental Health Practitioner and Behavioral Therapist and has worked with special needs children since 2008. Rebekah lived in China from 2015-2020. She now lives with her husband Jonathan in AL, USA.

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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
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Board chair

Chloe Banks

Pao Her

Dawn Seabolt

Paika Liu

Joel Baerg

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 ? No
  • 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 2/23/2023

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