Allen's Inspiring Story of Hope

Allen grew up in a wonderful family who taught him a good work ethic and nothing comes to those who do not strive for excellence. Working hard and playing football, Allen was a bright student with a bright future ahead of him. He was a mechanical engineering student at Florida Atlantic University who became homeless during the pandemic after his family suffered several devastating life events.

Each incident made it harder to keep up his grades forcing him to lose his scholarships. Allen lived in his car until he learned about Place of Hope and its Independent Living Program at its sister entity, Villages of Hope. Allen applied to the program and was able to move in not long after. Through Villages of Hope, Allen has received not only affordable transitional housing, but also support and guidance from the staff and supporters, life skills development tools and resources to help Allen navigate his unique challenges and redirect him getting him back on track. 

Allen has recently been accepted into Florida International University‚Äôs Engineering School for this fall semester and will be taking classes for his minor in Construction Management at the Moss School of Construction Management! Additionally, he will be a part of the Solar Team and working as an intern for Moss Construction! Allen is thriving and we are so excited to see him continue to excel.

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WPBF 25 covers the latest on our Treasure Coast expansion with CEO Charles Bender

The month of April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and May is recognized at National Foster Care Awareness Month. As South Florida's largest and most comprehensive children and families organization serving those who have suffered from child abuse, neglect and homelessness, Place of Hope and its supporters rally each year to raise awareness, funds and educate the community.

Place of Hope is caring for thousands of foster children and youth each year who have come into care, at no fault of their own, having suffered severe abuse, neglect, abandonment and even human trafficking. Place of Hope offers housing and support services designed to end these cycles. Together with the help of our supporters and friends, we strive daily to help our children, youth, and families find true healing and restoration, which leads to healthy, successful lives.


  • Children visiting the emergency room with suspected or confirmed cases increased from 2019 to 2020.
  • In our area, there are more than 2,600 children and youth under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families.
  • Last month 60 new children entered the foster care system in Palm Beach County.
  • One hundred twenty nine young adults aged out foster care into Independent Living programs, like Villages of Hope, in Palm Beach County.

"As we celebrate our 21st year of service in the community, we are excited to also be celebrating our expansion into the Treasure Coast communities with a newly inherited 11-acre campus in Stuart. After 60 years, Samaritans House for Boys decided it was time to pass the baton to Place of Hope. We will take it to the next level being able to serve 5,000-10,000 in our community each year from this new regional outreach headquarters," states Charles Bender, Founding CEO of Place of Hope.

Learn more about the Treasure Coast expansion by contacting [email protected].

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"Fish for Hope" Raffles & Silent Auction


Melin Trenches Icon Hydro Snapback in heather grey, Pelagic Shark Bite Polarized Mineral Glass sunglasses, Pelagic Americamo duffle bag, YETI Rambler 20oz in matte navy.

Deluxe guestroom for 2 nights including valet and breakfast for two a the Hilton West Palm, or One night stay in a Deluxe King room at Wyndham Grand Jupiter.

Support our veterans while enjoying your passion for fishing on a full day charter for 3 with Right Side Fishing out of Jensen Beach.

Our 6th Annual Fish for Hope KDW Tournament is this weekend! Whether you are attending or not, you can still get in on the action by browsing and bidding on our online silent auction and raffles! With more than 30 silent auction items, five awesome raffles and seven live auction items, there is certainly something for everyone. From fully loaded Pelagic gear packages to local fishing charters, KC Scott art to dine around Jupiter baskets, Engle coolers ready for the boat or a Blueline Surfboard and Avid gear ready for the beach, check it all out today! The auction and raffles will close Saturday, May 14 at 7PM!


May Means it is Our Birthday!

We are turning 21! In just 21 years, we have served over 21,000 children youth and families in Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast. For our birthday this year, we have received an amazing gift: an 11-acre campus in Stuart which will become the Regional Headquarters for our Shade Tree Outreach Program! Our Shade Tree Outreach Program is estimated to serve between 5,000 - 10,000 children and families each year! This is certainly reason to celebrate!

Since opening our doors in 2001 we have kept over 600 sibling groups together, created over 350 forever families through adoption, served hundreds of single moms, moms-to-be and babies, transitioned nearly 200 young adults into healthy adulthood, provided high-quality and comprehensive case management and therapy to nearly 50 human trafficking victims and survivors

Our ability to serve our communities neediest and most vulnerable is not possible without the generosity and dedication from our supporters like you. Help us celebrate with one of the ways below!

Make a gift!

Make a one time or recurring gift in honor of Foster Care Awareness Month

Share the good news with friends!

Share why you support Place of Hope with your friends and family!

Host a drive or a party!

Help us meet the needs by hosting a drive or party with a purpose!

Upcoming Events!

The Hope Collection from bubs & sass, inspired by the girls in care at Place of Hope, will be at our Fish for Hope KDW Awards Dinner. All proceeds from the sales during this pop up tent will go directly to Place of Hope!

You can also shop online for the month of May to have 100% of your proceeds from the Hope Collection donated to Place of Hope. Shop today at

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