The children that come to live at Homes of Hope for Children are with us because of circumstances outside of their control. Many of them have faced abuse, neglect, and abandonment in their young lives before coming to live here.
None of the children who live on our campus are adoptable. We have legal guardianship of them, but parental rights have not been terminated.
Our funding comes from individuals, businesses, churches, fundraising events, and foundations. We receive no funding from the state or federal government.
In 2015 we expect to see about 70% of all funding to be used for the direct care of the children on our campus. As our ministry comes to serve more children in the future, we expect that percentage to increase. Our goal is to see at least 80% of funding go toward the direct care of the boys and girls we serve.
On school days, our children wake up at about 6:00am and eat breakfast around 6:30am before heading off to school at 7:25. The children get home from school between 2:45pm and 3:30pm. Once they get home from school, they have a snack waiting for them that was prepared by their houseparents. After their snack, they begin working on any homework the have. From the time they finish their homework until about 5:30, they have free time. Around 5:30, they have dinner and usually a devotion, if they did not do one during breakfast. After dinner, those that have night time chores complete them. The children then have free time until the youngest kids in the cottage start going to sleep, at about 7:30pm.
The houseparent couples in each cottage are responsible for preparing and cooking the meals for the children in their home. As often as possible, the children participate in preparing the meals alongside their houseparents.
All houseparents work full-time for Homes of Hope for Children and hold no other outside jobs. On weekday mornings after the kids are dropped off at school, housedads head to the shop for three hours to do work around campus (i.e., mowing, grocery shopping, repairs, maintenance). Housemoms stay home with any younger kids that are not in school, along with taking children to appointments and keeping up with the daily housework.
They attend First Baptist Church Purvis, which is only a 10 minute drive away. At church, they participate in Sunday school, Awana’s, Cubbies, kid’s choir, GA’s (Girls in Action) and RA’s (Royal Ambassadors).
All of the children on our campus attend Purvis Public schools.
The opportunity for parents to continue to have a relationship with their children is there. However, most of our kids have little to no contact with either of their parents.