Foster Youth Voice Month
October is Foster Youth Voice Month.

The children and youth who enter the foster care system are there due to no fault of their own. The have experienced severe abuse and neglect, homelessness and hunger. Some have unfortunately faced the terrors of being a victim of exploitation and trafficking.

The statistics say less than 50% will graduate high school and less than 2% will go on to post secondary or additional education. The statistics say that nearly 60% of them will be incarcerated or pregnant within 12-18 months of turning 18 years old and aging-out of care.

For the children and youth at Place of Hope, those statistics do not exist. When placed into a stable and loving family environment free from fear, abuse, and hunger they can thrive.

And they have.
Meet Keturah: Keturah is one of the many shining examples of a fragile and hurting child who came into foster care, defied the odds and is now a thriving young woman. We are so proud of her and the tremendous person she has become.
Meet Veronica: Veronica came into our care at just six years old, hurting and afraid. She celebrated her very first birthday with her Place of Hope family. Fast forward over a decade, Veronica is a local small business owner and newly engaged. She is a true testament to how love and stability can redirect a rocky road. We are so proud of you, Veronica!
Meet Trinity: Trinity and her two brothers came into Place of Hope's care and were able to stay together, unlike many sibling groups who are separated. Strong-willed, these three will not be labeled by the statistics and today are thriving. Trinity has transitioned from Place of Hope to our sister entity, Villages of Hope which helps young adults aging out of foster care, or are otherwise homeless, transition to independent living within the program.
Meet Samson & Melita: Samson & Melita came into care due to severe abuse in their home. Place of Hope specializes in keeping sibling groups intact, so the two were able to stay together. At Place of Hope, they experienced real love and a real family dynamic. Their cottage parents modeled for them stability and happiness. Now a mother of her own, Melita has first-hand knowledge of what it is to be loved and how to love.
Hear It From Them
Meet Will: I spent about seven years in foster care. I’ve been to two group homes and was placed with several relatives. After coming to Place of Hope, I realized this was the best place for me, and it was a blessing in disguise. I met my mentor at Place of Hope. Little did I know I would become a part of their family forever.

I went to Southeastern University and received a bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree in clinical social work. I have spent the last couple of years working in the child welfare system, including working in a group home, working for DCF as a case manager, and now as a therapist and support specialist at Place of Hope. I love what I do, and my favorite part about my job is bringing hope to others.
Meet Kerri: I was lost, I didn't know what was right or wrong. It all went downhill once my dad passed away and my mom's addiction took a strong hold. I was exposed to drugs and strangers in and out of my house. Coming to Place of Hope gave me structure, it gave me peace. I was picked up from practice and school every single day. That alone showed me I mattered.
Meet Dillon: I was in foster care for 4 years. Every adult in my life who was suppose to lead and protect me, instead failed me and let me down. Through my experience at Place of Hope, I have learned there are good people. I feel fortunate having found kind and considerate people in my corner.

I am finishing pre-requisites to get into graduate school for Physical Therapy, studying for the GRE, and working. At work I get to physically help people, which is my ambition. I am excited for my future.
Meet Ja'la: I was in foster care for 5 years. I am thankful for Place of Hope, because it was there I was able to graduate high school and begin working on my Associate's Degree. They helped me transition into healthy adulthood through their Villages of Hope program. I am now a preschool teacher and working on my Bachelor's at Florida Atlantic University! There is no home like Place of Hope. Place of Hope is a blessing.
United Cajun Navy Delivers Hope
Last Wednesday our new Stuart Campus was the off-loading site for over 40 pallets of donated new baby and children's clothing. The massive donation came from The United Cajun Navy which specializes in disaster relief efforts.

The Shade Tree Family Outreach Program serves children and families who touch or are at risk of touching the child welfare system. Those served include foster youth and families, homeless youth and families, single moms with children, families in transition, relative and non-relative caregivers, and human trafficking survivors.

Place of Hope works with The Hands and Feet FL and New Creation Missionary to disperse these blessings into areas from inner city West Palm Beach, throughout Palm Beach, Martin and the Treasure Coast Counties, and even in the Caribbean. In addition to Place of Hope's clients, 16 other nonprofits benefited from this blessing including: Palm Beach Foster Closet
Treasure Coast Foster Closet, Graceway Village, Apple Tree Academy and Jupiter Christian School at Urban Youth Impact, 4C's, St. Lucie Public School Homeless Program, The Oasis Project of South Florida, Children's Home Society of Martin County, Hobe Sound Early Learning Center, Pathways to Prosperity, Friends of Foster Children, United Way Partnership School: White City Elementary, Elev8 Hope, Community of Hope Foster Closet and The Hands and Feet FL.
Thank you to Hog Technologies for donating your time and equipment to offload, Total Maintenance Landscaping for your volunteers, Penny Zarcadoolas, and Kristin Jaeger of The Salty Blonde who helped make this connection, and to all of our committed friends who came to help us unload and organize!
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