House of Hope Programs: Project HOPE
House of Hope provides assistance to Martin County residents in need.
All House of Hope services are nested within Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment), ensuring that all people seeking help receive some level of case management. The services include:
- Food Pantry
- Clothes Closet
- Financial Assistance
- Information and Referral
- Case Management
Each person’s frequency and level of service is determined case-by-case, and eligibility varies for each program. Appointments are necessary for some Project HOPE assistance, but Martin County residents can walk in and receive food and clothing assistance at the House of Hope location nearest them (Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach).
To make an appointment or ask questions, please call (772) 286-4673 during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The House of Hope’s food pantries are the leading source of food for the hungry in Martin County. With answers to a few simple questions, people can receive a supply of nutritionally balanced groceries, including canned and dry goods, bread and pastries, fresh produce and meat, dairy products, beverages and deli products.
House of Hope’s “Clothes Closet” program provides not only clothing but also small household necessities, furniture, and appliances free or a significantly low cost to people who would otherwise do without.
The Clothes Closets at each House of Hope location double as income-producing stores. Donations and purchases help House of Hope provide services to people struggling through hard times.
House of Hope budgets about $5,000 each month to qualified Martin County residents to help with rent/mortgage, utilities, prescriptions, medical co-pays, and other household or transportation expenses. House of Hope often joins with other local agencies and resources to boost the assistance someone may receive. The primary goal is to keep people safe and healthy, with a roof over their heads — avoiding the even greater crises that experiencing homelessness would bring.
Many people who request help from House of Hope have more complex problems than one-time assistance can provide. Additionally, in today’s disastrous economic climate, many clients are newly unemployed middle-class wage earners who have exhausted their personal resources. They are desperate and unfamiliar with services and benefits that may be available to them.
Beginning in 2008, the agency implemented a case management program to address longer-term needs and help guide people toward economic stability and self-reliance. In addition to being able to provide short-term financial relief, case workers can help clients make a plan for bringing greater stability to their lives — and the lives of their family members. Such planning involves helping clients access training and educational opportunities, referring them to other support services in the community, and helping them improve life skills such as managing their household finances.
Information & Referral
Staff members and expert volunteers at House of Hope connect hundreds of people per month to vital resources and benefits, helping people to navigate the complex social services landscape.
One of the most important referrals is to the VNA Mobile Health Clinic, which comes to House of Hope locations once a month, providing free basic health care to people without insurance.