Family Focused on Giving Back, Gives Multi-Year Gift and Names Apartment for Vulnerable Youth
Susan and Peter Brockway, are well known in the community for their generosity, with time and philanthropic endeavors in Boca Raton and beyond. The Brockways recently made a significant contribution towards expansion efforts on our Leighan and David Rinker Campus in Boca Raton by naming an apartment in the Schmitt Family Complex and a multi- year commitment towards our annual fund.

Their gift will provide an affordable, transitional apartment for up to two young adults who have aged out of foster care, are otherwise homeless, or a single mother with dependent children. This is the second apartment within the Schmitt Family Complex to be named on the Boca Raton Campus.

Additionally, Susan agreed to steward her time and leadership joining our “God’s Children. Our Future.” Campaign committee. “Her vast knowledge in fundraising through her work with the Community Foundation, Impact 100 and other organizations where she has served in a leadership capacity is just what we need on this team,” shares Lisa McDulin, Director of Development for The Leighan and David Rinker Campus.

“What a blessing to receive such a generous and impactful gift from the Brockway’s toward our exciting and critical new “God’s Children. Our Future” Campaign! They are tremendous leaders with heart, vision, and action. We are so very grateful for their continued trust and investment in mission Place of Hope,” states Charles Bender, Place of Hope Founding CEO and Board Member.

After a few years of attending events and luncheons, Susan fell in love with Place of Hope and became an Angel Mom focusing on the young women and mothers who have aged out of the foster care system. Susan shares, “I have truly enjoyed meeting these residents and hearing their success stories. I am just so proud of these young women. I was exceptionally thrilled to see Place of Hope take over the Haven. It’s such a blessing for this community where there is a desperate need for foster care and for affordable housing.”

Peter added, “Place of Hope is incredibly well managed, and they’ve done a great job over the years expanding to multiple locations. They have both the compassion to deal with issues and expertise to pull it off and that’s not easy to execute. Charles and his staff are people that we just feel like you can trust, and they’ve proven successful. Everything is done with such compassion and you feel that from every staff person, case worker, employee. You know the investment is well managed.”

Together with The Brockways and all our supporters, we are working diligently to end the cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness, poverty, and human trafficking in South Florida. The best way for our community to break the insidious cycles of child abuse and neglect, homelessness, and further trauma is to guide young people toward their full potential, healing, and self-sufficiency.
“You can see the difference you can make in the lives of these youth. Their stories and testimony are eye opening. You know about it, you read about it, but it’s truly inspiring when you hear someone’s personal journey coming from their lips. Place of Hope gives them a safe place to live, a place where their children are safe. Without that they would be focused on survival, instead of putting together a life plan whether through work or education.” Susan and Peter Brockway.

Our Program Values
With every perplexing challenge, a multifaceted approach is needed to ensure success. Our core values and commitment to excellence bolster every aspect of our work. The three principal hallmarks are:

Family – The foundation of our care models a structural support system in a safe, healthy, structured, and loving environment. We encourage, replicate, and demonstrate the formative sustenance needed in young lives. Our residential programming epitomizes home life with accountability, beautiful living and learning environments, familial structure, and special services such as tutoring, therapy, artistic expression, and instruction on independent life skills, health, and wellness.

Faith – Central to every facet of the organization and our programming is the calling to care for abused, hurting, homeless, or destitute people. Every noted religious leader repeatedly speaks of caring for the demographic we serve. Our individual faiths unite with a collective mission to serve, lift, and lead by example. Instilling a moral compass is critical to building character and developing leadership qualities with those entrusted to our care. As a faith-based organization thus driven to serve the needy, we strive to model our faith by actions, not words.

Accountability – We show an unparalleled commitment to excellence with a built-in system to ensure flawless execution in all we do. We firmly believe in a strong work ethic for staff, partners, collaborators, and clients. With total dedication to those we serve, our goal is to deliver the finest programming and support services efficiently and effectively. Simply put, our clients have been failed by many close to them and countless entities, so we strive to ensure they will be empowered and not fail again.

Family. Faith. Accountability.
Each of these young ladies has come to Place of Hope and Villages of Hope through their journeys filled with trauma, abuse, neglect, homelessness and more. They have in common their tenacity to be better than where they came from, be better than their abuser, and never give up. Thanks to your support today of Place of Hope, these tenacious young ladies have the opportunity for a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Together, with your support, we are on the front lines of child abuse prevention and family strengthening in our community caring for over 8,000 foster children, aged-out foster youth, homeless youth, single mothers with dependent children and human trafficking survivors. We lift our voices for the voiceless.
Reel in Hope!
Our 7th Annual Fish for Hope KDW Fishing Tournament is back on the water, June 2-3, 2023!

Friday, June 2
Captain's Bucket Pick Up & Rules Reading from 4:30PM - 7:30PM at Tiki 52 with rules readings at 5:30PM, 6:30PM and 7:30PM.

Saturday, June 3
Lines in 6:30AM / Lines out 2:30PM (25 Nautical miles from weigh-in)
Weigh-in from 12PM - 3:30PM with three locations from which to choose:
  • Tiki 52
  • Palm Beach Shores
  • Port Salerno

Awards Dinner, auction, raffle at Harbourside Place, Jupiter from 6PM-9PM! Enjoy a great buffet dinner from Tommy Bahama, live entertainment, an auction, raffle and more! This is family friendly so bring the fam and your friends! You do not have to be in the tournament to attend the awards dinner or to participate in the auction!

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