We are expecially excited about next weeks First Friday celebration! It’s going to be FABULOUS! More on that in Monday’s blog, however, today we wanted to tell you about our charity focus, Hope Children’s Home. This charity was brought to us by our celeb bartender, Nick Peterson.
Founded in 1968, Hope Children’s Home has rescued nearly 5,000 children between the ages of infant to 18 years of age. Most of these children have been discarded, abused, unwanted, or orphaned although some of the children have simply come out of a situation where a parent just needed help. For over 40 years, Hope Children’s Home has taken children in and tried to make a difference in their very impressionable lives. The purpose at Hope Children’s home is to help the children grow, heal and to develop into educated and spiritually grounded members of society.
Hope Children’s Home is located in northwest Tampa, on 55 beautifully wooded acres of land. The campus consists of dormitories for the boys and girls that can house a total of 80 children as well as beautiful 4,000 sq. ft. cottages that care for the younger children and allow siblings to live together. The children live in a family atmosphere with house parents who are with them twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to give guidance and encouragement.
Hope Christian School is also located on the property and is accredited by the state of Florida, providing a private, quality, Christian education to each of the children including a well rounded sports program. The school program incorporates pre-school through the 12th grade. Over 90% of the students who graduate from Hope Christian School continue on to college.
Hope Children’s Home receives no State or Federal funding and is entirely supported by churches, private individuals, clubs, and organizations. The directors, board members and staff at Hope Children’s Home believe that they are spiritually called upon to help rebuild the broken lives of these children and to build the bridge, when possible, between home, parent, and child. The rewards of their labor are the thousands of young people across the country who are now productive adults raising their own children in the same loving and Christ-like way in which they were raised.
How can you help Hope Children’s Home? Glad you asked! You can make general donations on their homepage, through their giving catalog if you want to give a more specific gift, they have an immediate needs list and lastly, there are several Hope Thrift Store locations in Tampa and Clearwater. If you are in the Tampa area, simply attend our First Friday coming up on June 6th, where you can meet their representatives and make a donation that night. Every little bit helps, so why not give and make a difference!