Friends and neighbors in need in Martin County turn to House of Hope to help them through today’s difficulties and set their lives on a new trajectory for a better tomorrow. We offer support in basic needs (food, clothing, and financial assistance) and life skills (programs and classes in education, health and nutrition, job readiness, the arts and more). Case management and coaching is a key component to all of this support. All of our services and support are always at no cost to those who need us. Working with our clients, we empower them to overcome hunger and hardship.
Who We Serve
Any Martin County resident in need of our support is welcome at House of Hope. We ask that they provide proof of Martin County residency as well as proof of financial need.
- Some require our assistance for the short term to meet needs for food, clothing, and financial assistance for rent, utilities, medical bills or other expenses.
- Some are faced with more complicated circumstances, and work with our case managers to develop a personal improvement plan to elevate their household.
- Some benefit from our enrichment programs for all ages, from infants to seniors, and everyone in between. There is a wide range of classes and programs, including nutrition education, homework help, job coaching, art classes, English classes and more.
We strive to keep our clients housed, healthy and safe, and work with them to achieve their goals.
What Makes Us Different
“Empowerment,” and “dignity in the process” are tenets of the House of Hope system of support.
- We feed the food insecure with our Client Choice Pantries that give the families control over their food choices.
- We grow our own produce so we can provide fresh and nutritious options to those we serve.
- We are a food bank, providing no-cost food support to over 30 non-profits, soup kitchens and church pantries to improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of people across Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties.
- We provide case managers to guide clients striving to resolve their long-standing challenges and achieve their goals and objectives.
- We educate our community through our enrichment programs to strengthen households and move them toward self-sufficiency.
House of Hope By the Numbers
Here are some standout statastics from our 2021 – 2022 fiscal year:
- 12,000 adults and children in Martin County are served each month through our service centers, enrichment programs, and partner food agencies.
- 1.5 million pounds of food were distributed – that's equivalent to 1.25 million meals!
- Over $94,000 in financial assistance helped 176 families remain housed, healthy, and safe.
- 65,000 cubic feet of hydroponic greenhouse growing space helped us provide fresh fruits and vegetables to our clients.
- 160,000 items of clothing, housewares, furniture and appliances were given to people in need from our Thrift Stores.
- 14,400 referrals were made to community resources, local programs, social services and other agencies.
- 35 partner agencies received food from House of Hope to help feed their clients on site.
- 864 volunteers donated more than 40,240 hours to helping their friends and neighbors in need.
- 92 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and services.