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Hope Haven Of East Texas will be focused on providing for the girls’ welfare, as well as their education and religious needs. In this loving and caring environment, the girls will be encouraged and will optain hope and opportunity that they would not otherwise receive. This mission is biblically based.
Matthew 25:35-36, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me.”
Humble Hearts Ministry – This ministry is an opportunity to share the love of Christ at a local Tyler Emergency Shelter for girls in the foster care system ages 6-17. This is only a temporary place for the girls to stay, however we feel that those 90 days can make a huge impact on their lives. Weekly bible studies and crafts nights are two consistent ways we spend time with the girls. Other areas of service are providing meals, planning birthday parties and hosting Holiday festivities. We may only spend a brief time with the girls, however they remain in our hearts for a lifetime.
Horse Therapy – Kids and Horses Inc, was founded and operated by Kate Vigneron. This is a new ministry that Hope Haven is partnering with. Horses mimic the emotions of a person and we feel that this unique therapy will be beneficial in teaching natural horsemanship skills to the girls in a therapeutic and educational context.
Career Shadowing – Statistics say that only 57% of foster children will receive a high school diploma or GED. Not having an education and a support system leaves these children with little hope for a future. Hope Haven will be implementing a Career Shadowing program. We feel as though educating these children on the job opportunities and the methods to attain their goal is imperative for a successful future.
College Mentoring – A startling statistic is that only 1% of foster children will receive a college degree in spite of the state of Texas paying for their tuition. With little to no support often these children become easily discouraged and drop out in their first semester of college. By beginning a College Mentoring Program we will partner mentors with the young adults in foster care that are attending Tyler Junior College. The mentors will meet weekly with the students and walk alongside of them through the trials they are facing.