Meet the Wiglesworth Family

"Place of Hope is our family. They are what created our family. They trained us, they were our support system when we were in our fostering journey. Place of Hope means everything to our family.

Our family grew from four to six. When our girls were about 10 years old, we felt called to foster. Our first placement came in, and never left. After 996 days, he became our forever son. Nine months into fostering him, we found out he was going to have a biological baby brother. At just three days old, his brother came into our home through the foster care system. After 661 days, he also took our last name forever.

Our home and our hearts are full, but there is so much need right here in our community, there is still so much that needs to be done. We asked ourselves, in what way can we still support the community like we were supported when we were fostering or when we were young parents and blessed to have a support system?

After talking with the team at Place of Hope, they shared the exciting expansion plans for their new Stuart Campus. We decided to come alongside them and help them launch this life-changing and state-of-the-art facility for not only foster children, but also aged-out foster youth, homeless youth, single mothers with children and human trafficking survivors. Our business is in Martin County and many of our staff live in Martin County, why wouldn't we support this amazing organization right here in our back yard? Place of Hope is giving a hand up, caring for, providing hope and healing opportunities for over 8,000 children, youth and families each year who have endured child abuse and neglect, homelessness, poverty, exploitation and human trafficking.

So our ask, is simple: join us in supporting this local nonprofit by giving a donation to our "Wiglesworth Campaign" and help us raise the critical funds needed to build out much needed affordable transitional housing and support services for so many in our community who desperately need a hand up."

Lee and Megan Wiglesworth
Come see first hand this exciting Stuart campus expansion at our groundbreaking ceremony and celebration!
Join us Thursday, May 25 at 10:30am for our Bender Family Village and Snyder Family Complex Groundbreaking!

Bender Family Village
made possible by John & Bobbi Erbey

Snyder Family Complex
made possible by John & Bobbi Erbey


Address: 1490 SE Cove Road, Stuart, FL 34997
The property is located on the SE corner of Cove Road & Grace Lane

Some of our youth had an amazing time at prom! For many in foster care, prom is not something they can attend. At Place of Hope, we prioritize these moments as a way to build self-confidence and self-worth. When you invest in Place of Hope, you are helping to create these lasting memories for a lifetime.
Place of Hope in the News
"Place of Hope officials say the state system has seen a 22% increase in teens coming into care...inflation costs are placing a financial strain on buying essentials and fund family activities," WPBF reports.

To learn how you can help support! Contact
CBS12 reports. "A study shows that 65,000 people in our area alone are battling with that issue."

You can help Place of Hope by hosting your own drive this summer!
Learn how by contacting

ICYMI! Frank Marangos of "Frankly Speaking" hosted Charles Bender on his iHeart Radio podcast. On the show, they cover everything from faith, family, Place of Hope and Mother's Day. You can catch the whole episode here:
Double your donation through employer matching!

Are you taking advantage of your company's gift matching program? When you make a donation Place of Hope, ask your company if they provide a matching contribution.

It is an easy and effective way to double, or in some cases triple, the impact of your contribution each year!
"Place of Hope is what love looks like in action. Place of Hope is unique in their commitment to providing love, faith, and healing to children, youth, and families in our communities. I support Place of Hope through giving because it allows me to participate in their mission.

By supporting Place of Hope, I know I am making a real difference."

Steve Corson
"It’s hard to put into words how passionate my family and I are for advocating for the families Place of Hope takes care of. This organization provides so much love, faith, and support! They don’t just provide resources, they change lives ❤.
We are grateful to be able to help in any way possible."

Nikki Adams, The LOW
Will YOU be next to sign up as a Champion for Children?

For 10 weeks over the summer, May 15 – July 31, in communities across the county, dedicated supporters engage in an exciting competition to raise the most funds for foster children, aged out youth, homeless youth, single mothers with dependent children and human trafficking survivors.

Every dollar raised this summer helps provide hope for the hopeless, a home for the homeless, and healing for the hurting.

TEXT "POHSummerSplash" to 71777
Save the date for one of Martin and Palm Beach Counties coolest charitable events benefiting thousands of abused and neglected children and youth, single moms with children, homeless youth and human trafficking survivors – our 5th Annual Paradise on the Peninsula, Friday, October 13, 2023!

Each year this event grows bigger and better! We have several new surprises and new additions to keep the event fresh and exciting. While our formal sponsorship package and formal invitation are in design, this is your chance to get have your logo/brand listed on the invitation going out to thousands of locals and committed Place of Hope supporters and friends. Sponsors who commit by May 24 will be included on the invitation and sponsorship package delineated by your sponsorship level!
“Light in the Shadows” Breaking the Cycle of Exploitation is Place of Hope’s Inaugural
Anti-Human Trafficking Luncheon Presented by Connie Frankino and
Co-Chaired by Jill Gallagher and Jordan Brown.

This elegant yet riveting and inspiring luncheon will put a spotlight on child exploitation and human trafficking. It will enlighten and empower you to take action in our fight against human trafficking.

  • Join the committee
  • Become an event sponsor or table host
  • Request a presentation to learn more
  • Advocate
  • Join us for this Inaugural Anti-Human Trafficking Luncheon
Join us TODAY in Hobe Sound! Our friends at JMcLaughlin in Hobe Sound heard May was Foster Care Awareness Month and decided to "Spring!" into action!

Today, Friday, May 19 from 11AM - 2PM, join us for an afternoon of shopping. If you cannot attend that day, you can still support by calling in your order! Just mention Place of Hope.