What We Do

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Welcome

Children come to Hope from the streets and slums of Brazil where they were abused, abandoned, and exploited in the worst circumstances imaginable. Before they arrive via court order or social worker recommendation, most have a life expectancy of three to five years. Once welcomed to Hope, each child becomes an irreplaceable member of our family. It is here, in serving the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable, that Hope transforms lives.

Nurture

In the context of our loving homes and experienced staff, children receive the support they need to reclaim lost childhoods and find bright futures. Each child receives care in a family-style setting, award-winning educational and vocational programming, spiritual care, education, and recreation, not to mention new friends and role models. Slowly, we begin to see them transform from the inside out and build new lives.

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Transform

Unlike crisis-focused, transitional care programs, we become a “forever” part of our kids’ lives. We don’t consider our programs a success until graduates are positively impacting the next generation. The Hope Graduate Transition Program is uniquely created to raise the next generation of self-sufficient Christian leaders—children who will not only reach their own personal potential, but will work to renew their own communities—the very communities that once discarded them.

What We Do

Welcome

Children come to Hope from the streets and slums of Brazil where they were abused, abandoned, and exploited in the worst circumstances imaginable. Before they arrive via court order or social worker recommendation, most have a life expectancy of three to five years. Once welcomed to Hope, each child becomes an irreplaceable member of our family. It is here, in serving the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable, that Hope transforms lives.

Nurture

In the context of our loving homes and experienced staff, children receive the support they need to reclaim lost childhoods and find bright futures. Each child receives care in a family-style setting, award-winning educational and vocational programming, spiritual care, education, and recreation, as well as new friends and role models. Slowly, we begin to see them transform from the inside out and build new lives.

Transform

Unlike crisis-focused, transitional care programs, we become a “forever” part of our kids’ lives. We don’t consider our programs a success until graduates are positively impacting the next generation. The Hope Graduate Transition Program is uniquely created to raise the next generation of self-sufficient Christian leaders—children who will not only reach their own personal potential, but will work to renew their own communities, the very communities that once discarded them.

Our Success

Years of Service

Hope has transformed the lives of children for more than a quarter of a century. Our long-standing relationships in the communities we serve bring credibility to the challenging work of breaking cycles of poverty, exploitation, and abuse. Hope’s research-based programs are perfected and proven, and we are committed to changing the lives of vulnerable children.

Programs

Hope serves each child in our care holistically and completely. Through each of our unique programs at all of our sites, we tackle the problems of poverty, exploitation, abuse, and abandonment for one purpose: to see the lives of children on the brink of death transformed.

Graduate Success

Children grow from one stage of maturity to another. Ours are no exception. We guide them as they graduate, take on new responsibilities, and move into adulthood. And it works! Two years after graduation, 90% of graduates are employed and in stable living situations. Comparatively, less than 20% of children aging out of U.S. foster care find employment and achieve stable living situations.

Our History

Leadership

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Philip Smith

Co-founder and CEO

Philip’s passion for outcast children started while watching the ministry of his parents in Ethiopia. In 1991, he co-founded Hope Unlimited for Children. He is an internationally-recognized expert on residential programming for high-risk orphans and vulnerable children. Philip lives with his wife, Corenne, and their two children in Vitória, Brazil.

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Laura Becker-Lewke

Executive Director, U.S. Operations

Laura is committed to advocating for the marginalized, whether just down the street or around the world. Prior to joining Hope Unlimited for Children in 2015 as Development Director, she began her professional career as a lawyer followed by a season of raising four children and chairing various charitable committees. She has a BA from Wellesley College, LLB from McGill University, and MBA from New York University. Laura and her husband, Reynold, live in Portola Valley, California.

Our Success

Years of Service

Hope has transformed the lives of children for more than a quarter of a century. Our long-standing relationships in the communities we serve bring credibility to the challenging work of breaking cycles of poverty, exploitation, and abuse. Hope’s research-based programs are perfected and proven, and we are committed to changing the lives of vulnerable children.

Programs

Hope serves each child in our care holistically and completely. Through each of our unique programs at all of our sites, we tackle the problems of poverty, exploitation, abuse, and abandonment for one purpose: to see the lives of children on the brink of death transformed.

Graduate Success

Children grow from one stage of maturity to another. Ours are no exception. We guide them as they graduate, take on new responsibilities, and move into adulthood. And it works! Two years after gradation, 90% of graduates are employed and in stable living situations. Comparatively, less than 20% of children aging out of U.S. fostercare find employment and achieve stable living situations.

Programs

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Residential Programs

While food, clothing and shelter are important, they are not enough. Most care models fail to meet a child’s greatest need of a stable, loving family and poorly serve children who have suffered trauma. We are not an institution. We are family. In the context of our loving homes and experienced staff, children receive the support they need to reclaim lost childhoods and begin to build successful futures.

Vocational Programs

Through award-winning vocational programs, our children gain confidence and skills to disrupt generational cycles of poverty. Hope Unlimited residents and day students from nearby slums master courses in human resources, culinary arts, auto body repair, computer technology, and cosmetology. They learn marketable skills, earn meaningful jobs upon graduation, and eventually change the course of their lives—and those of their future generations.

Graduate Transition

Graduate transition is the most critical time in our children’s lives. We’re devoted to guiding our kids through this transition—and it works. Two years after graduation, 90% of our kids are employed and securely established. Comparatively, less than 20% of children aging out of U.S. foster care find employment and stable living situations. Through life skills classes, internships, job placement and mentoring,  graduates become self-sufficient leaders, working to change their lives and communities.

Hope Institute

Hope Institute exists to transform the lives of high-risk orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). We advocate for the residential model as the setting that provides the best opportunity for these children to become well-adjusted, self-sufficient members of their larger communities as well as offer training to residential care providers worldwide.

Programs

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Residential Programs

In the context of our loving homes and experienced staff, children receive the support they need to reclaim lost childhoods and find bright futures. Each child receives care in a family-style setting, award-winning educational and vocational programming, spiritual care, education, and recreation, not to mention new friends and role models. Slowly, we begin to see them transform from the inside out and build new lives.

Vocational Programs

In the context of our loving homes and experienced staff, children receive the support they need to reclaim lost childhoods and find bright futures. Each child receives care in a family-style setting, award-winning educational and vocational programming, spiritual care, education, and recreation, not to mention new friends and role models. Slowly, we begin to see them transform from the inside out and build new lives.

Graduate Transition

In the context of our loving homes and experienced staff, children receive the support they need to reclaim lost childhoods and find bright futures. Each child receives care in a family-style setting, award-winning educational and vocational programming, spiritual care, education, and recreation, not to mention new friends and role models. Slowly, we begin to see them transform from the inside out and build new lives.

Church Programs

In the context of our loving homes and experienced staff, children receive the support they need to reclaim lost childhoods and find bright futures. Each child receives care in a family-style setting, award-winning educational and vocational programming, spiritual care, education, and recreation, not to mention new friends and role models. Slowly, we begin to see them transform from the inside out and build new lives.

Residential Programs

City of Youth Residential

Award-winning residential care for mortal-risk children in a family-style setting.

Hope Mountain

Residential care for mortal-risk boys in a family-style setting.

Casa Lares

Community homes outside of our main campuses where children who have no additional family are nurtured by house parents in a family-style setting.

Graduate Transition Homes

Hope graduates are placed in community-based homes to help them transition to responsible and independent living.

Vocational Programs

Day Student Program

Day Student Program—Students from nearby slums to attend award-winning vocational courses and learn marketable skills to launch them out of poverty—all while living with their families.

Human Resources Vocational Track

Course offerings in human resources and administrative skills that help students earn meaningful job upon graduation.

Culinary Arts Vocational Track

Course offerings for baking and cooking that will help students earn meaningful jobs upon graduation.

Auto Body Repair Vocational Track

Course offerings in auto body repair, painting, and overall care that empower students to earn meaningful jobs upon graduation.

Cosmetology Vocational Track

Course offerings in hair, skin, and nail care that help students earn meaningful jobs upon graduation.

Technology Courses

Supplemental course offerings that help students learn computer and technology skills.

Graduate Transition

Life Skills Classes

Students learn meaningful life skills in a classroom setting including etiquette and interview preparation. Community leaders and past Hope graduates offer guest lectures to inspire and equip them to follow in their footsteps.

Internship Program

Students preparing to graduate complete internships to taste independence, while still under the loving guidance of Hope staff.

Job Placement

Hope assists each graduate in finding meaningful employment. Hope’s long-standing relationships in the community help secure high-quality positions for our trained and eager graduates!

Mentoring Programs

All children at Hope are paired with adult members of their local community. These mentors visit Hope on special occasions and act as a community contact after graduation.

Church Programs

Graduate Churches

Congregations of former street children—graduates of Hope Unlimited—meet weekly near each Hope campus site. Completely funded and led by our graduate community, these congregations minister to nearby slums by distributing food baskets and welcoming new members into the family of Christ—and Hope.

Mission Trip Program

Teams from partner churches help further transform the life of our children by ministering and working alongside them. Visiting teams are often transformed themselves by learning what God is doing worldwide and learning to serve others in tangible ways.

Vision Trip Program

Organizational and church leaders visit Hope to learn more about Hope’s vision to see Hope graduates around the world become agents of transformation.

Hope Institute

Based on our quarter-century experience in residential programming, Hope Institute provides training for residential care practitioners throughout the world.

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