Partners in Hope help 254 local students receive supplies for success
With the help of hundreds of local donors, two dozen area businesses and teams of volunteers – House of Hope was able to provide 254 Martin County students with new backpacks filled with supplies through the agency’s 2017 back-to-school program. Recipients of the backpack program are Martin County families with school-aged children who have qualified for assistance from House of Hope’s Client Choice pantries, financial assistance and/or case management services.
This year, a record breaking number of local businesses and groups signed up to become official drop sites for the community to leave donations of supplies, clothing, and money to support the cause. Acting as House of Hope ambassadors, these partners initiated participation from the community by helping inform and encourage their patrons, staff and visitors to get involved.
House of Hope’s annual school supply drive participants included Harbor Community Bank, Ranch Feed and Pet Supply, Stuart Sunrise Rotary Club, Premier Realty Group, The MilCor Group, Jim Smith Tournament Boats, Real Stone and Granite, O’Donnell Impact Windows and Storm Protection, The Twisted Tuna, Salerno Auto Parts, The Firefly Group, Palm City Presbyterian MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Tami Karol Insurance, Edgewater Property-Realty, Sunset Bay Marina, Osceola Café, Young Professionals of Martin County, Monarch Realty Group, R.V. Johnson Insurance, International Wholesale Tile, Grand Oaks Assisted Living of Palm City, the Martin County School District, Wells Fargo, Florida Medical Hearing Centers, Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers, Ranger Construction Industries, Martin County Farm Bureau, The Elliott Museum and First American Title Company. The United Way of Martin County’s Leaders United joined in by organizing a collared shirt drive to help students comply with their schools’ dress codes. Volunteer teams from The Lionsheart Club and R.V. Johnson helped House of Hope staff sort and pack donated supplies and shirts for the students.
“Many local families simply cannot take on the rising expense that back-to-school season poses” reports House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri, “providing the necessary school supplies to start the school year helps to both motivate students as well as emphasize the importance of education. By preparing them properly from the start we aim to remove common obstacles and set them up for success.”
House of Hope provides special programs throughout the year for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and back-to-school. These occasions rely heavily on participation from the community to help gather necessary items and monetary donations. Interested businesses, civic groups and churches can sign up throughout the year to conduct drives for House of Hope programs by visiting hohmartin.org or contacting Dawn Abate at 772-286-4673 x 1002.