Garden of Hope's mission is to provide a safe, caring place for children ages 6 - 17 who are entering the foster care system from the very beginning of their foster care experience until they can be returned to their families, or placed with loving foster care families.
The children we serve have been removed from their family homes through no fault of their own. Most have been the victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Others have parents who, for a variety of reasons, cannot or will not care for them and keep them safe.
Currently there are not enough foster homes to accommodate the need. This means a child can be placed nearly anywhere in the state, which makes it difficult for their family members who care for them to be supportive. These children lose their feeling of belonging along with friends and relatives. This shortage also makes it nearly impossible to place siblings together. We want to keep these sibling groups together as often as possible, and provide a place for these children to go where they can be close to their extended family.
We provide round-the-clock care and meet basic needs of housing, food, entertainment, schooling, and safety. We provide transportation to the doctor, dentist, counseling, and other appointments while offering support services to help our kids reunite with their families when appropriate. We provide a home-like environment that promotes learning, confidence, and the desire to succeed.
We desire to restore joy to each child's face by demonstrating joy as we care for them. We will increase care, nurture, love, and hope during a time in these children's lives when hope is elusive by providing healthy daily structure, and meeting each child's unique physical and emotional needs.
Located in Bell County, this scenic 2.89 acres boasts camping grounds, a pavilion, a tree filled fort, multiple fire pits for campfires, as well as a 4,100 square foot building. This spacious building will provide a safe, nurturing environment for 12 boys and 8 girls displaced from their homes. Inside the Garden of Hope living quarters, there is a substantial kitchen and dining area, a vast room that includes an arts and crafts area as well as other assorted games. Music therapy will be provided by way of the piano located in the play area. In addition, both boy and girl wings are brightly decorated with welcoming colors and comfortable beds.
A variety of outdoor activities are offered. The outdoor pavilion can be used for talent shows and plays, as well as ping pong tournaments. The extensive grounds also offer built-in planters to maintain seasonal flowers, giving the children an opportunity to learn about gardening. The fort located on the back end of the property can host late-night campfires with the traditional S'mores /cocoa enjoyment.