Communications in transition

Tara Jacobs

The communications duties at House of Hope are changing hands this week. Communications director Diane Tomasik is retiring on June 22, after nearly eight years with House of Hope. She previously had worked five years in the same role at United Way of Martin County, following a long career in print and online journalism in Florida, […]

House of Hope is a four-star charity

4Star Charity Navigator

House of Hope’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. House of Hope has earned this top distinction each of the past three years. Furthermore, with a score of 98.23 (out of 100), House of Hope is the highest-rated […]

Thrift stores with a difference


Ask customers, volunteers and staff members what makes House of Hope’s four thrift stores so special, and you’re likely to hear, “high quality and low prices” or “cleanliness and customer service.” That’s certainly true, but there’s another special ingredient, according to retail general manager Donna Vestal. “Our stores are special because we build relationships with […]

A Summer Without Hunger

Hunger doesn’t go on vacation. When school is out, hunger kicks in. During the school year children who qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. But what happens when school is out? For many children, summer is a time of hunger. Here […]