Hope Haven is a General Residential Operation that provides a multitude of services to adolescent girls ages 13-17 who are in the Texas foster care system. Our goal is to provide a loving, nurturing environment where the girls will get their needs met in ways that promote their understanding that they are safe, precious and have a voice.
Children who have been abused or neglected may experience several negative impacts including posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, aggressiveness, substance abuse, self-harm and suicide. Without therapeutic intervention, the consequences from past trauma may continue throughout their lifespan. We work to help the girls cope and heal so that they can be a more adjusted, healthy adult.
There are not enough foster homes for the demand and teenage girls are the most difficult demographic to place in a loving home. Hope Haven offers an alternative to care for multiple girls. We are licensed to care for up to sixteen residents.
We are expanding our operations to include a Supervised Independent Living program for girls aging out of foster care. In partnership with Southern Oaks Baptist Church, we have a recently remodeled home in Tyler that can house 3 young women. Currently in Texas, there are only 14 contractors for transitional living and most of those are colleges. There are only 3 contractors in Texas that offer shared housing. We will be the first organization to offer this in all northeast Texas. Statistics show that while many foster kids want to go to college, only 2-6% of them will complete a degree. They often do not have proper support or a safe home environment. Through the help of volunteers and Southern Oaks members, we will offer the support and environment needed to help them succeed.
Employees and volunteers minister the love of Christ through building safe, loving relationships. We welcome individuals and groups to participate in providing fun activities, life skills, normalcy and nurture to our residents.
The young ladies we care for need love, consistency, and normalcy. Not only do they need it, but THEY DESERVE IT. The opportunities of getting involved are endless, whether it be praying for the girls, volunteering with the girls, one-on-one mentoring, becoming a monthly donor, and so on. We want to help you find your place here within our mission.
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