House of Hope has been providing basic human needs for struggling people in Martin County, Florida, since 1984. A nonprofit community service agency, House of Hope provides its core service programs at each of its four locations: Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.
House of Hope Programs
House of Hope nests all its services within Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment), ensuring that all people seeking help receive some level of case management. This helps to examine the root causes of their needs and opens a dialogue about further channels of assistance. Each person’s frequency and level of service is determined case-by-case.
Collectively, the services provided through Project HOPE are designed to empower people in need and afford them the greatest opportunity for health, financial stability and life success.
About 5,000 people each month are touched by one or more House of Hope services within Project HOPE:
Food Pantry: Includes dry goods as well as fresh and frozen produce and meat. In 2015, the agency provided people with nearly 650,000 pounds of food — the equivalent of about 540,000 meals. More than a third of this amount feeds hungry children.
Clothes Closet: Includes clothing, small household necessities, furniture and appliances. Each year, House of Hope provides about 100,000 of such items to families and individuals as well as agencies that serve veterans, children, and people who are homeless.
Financial Assistance: Includes help with rent/mortgage, utilities, prescriptions, medical co-pays, and gift cards for gasoline or holiday meals. Special funds at House of Hope include assistance for veterans and single mothers.
Information and Referral: Staff members, expert volunteers and interns at House of Hope connect thousands of people each year to vital resources available throughout the community. This may include helping people with applications for Medicaid, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Florida KidCare and other forms of assistance.
Case Management: Professional social workers offer longer-term assistance and guidance to help people bring greater stability to their lives through planning, budgeting, training and outreach to community partners.
Helping your Neighbors in Need
House of Hope helps people of all ages and backgrounds. Typically, people seeking help from House of Hope are people who work for low wages and exist paycheck to paycheck; they are victims of personal life tragedies (such as a medical catastrophe, a death in the family or a sudden job loss); they are low fixed-income retirees and veterans who live on Social Security or VA benefits of only a few hundred dollars a month. Some are homeless; many are children whose families are struggling to make ends meet.
Our clients are people like the cashier at the store, the laundress who dry cleans your clothes, the waiter who serves your meals, the elderly man who helps take your groceries to the car, the laborer whose company shut down, the saleswoman whose hours were cut. They are people you know, people you like. They are your neighbors in need.
Very Low Overhead
House of Hope’s most recent audit (fiscal 2015) indicated that administrative expenses combined with fund-raising expenses was equal to just 15% of our total budget.
This means 85 cents of every dollar donated is dedicated to providing program services.