Who We Are
Hope's Path is a non-profit 501(c)3 that uses a faith based community approach to direct foster youth towards confident sustainable independence. Our foundation is built on shepherding/discipling young men, so their sustainable independence is in divine harmony to their value and identity in Christ. Within that foundation, the vision of Hope’s Path has first targeted the young adult male population with a residential program that supports each resident with a team of mentors (our “interns” think of their mentors as their life’s board of directors). In addition, Hope’s Path collaborates with local colleges, universities, and trade programs to assist in career opportunities.
We have seen that with the influence and pouring into these young men by their mentor/disciple team, they learn the life and relational skills they need. Yes, they need to achieve the knowledge of a life plan with personal goals, their driver’s license, household and automobile maintenance but, we have seen that some of the greatest outcomes of Hope’s Path includes healing of hurts, forgiveness of others, the ability to build and sustain interpersonal relationships, the development of self-control, and their ability to LOVE themselves… love others … and LOVE GOD.
Our program is designed to have an 18-month commitment of all involved; however, we know that God’s grace and mercy demonstrates flexibility where and when needed. While some of our young men continue to live out those months on-site, others (including young women) are a part of our program while moving closer to independence within a college dormitory or other appropriate incremental housing.
Hope’s Path does not operate as an emergency or homeless shelter. We have ZERO TOLERANCE for drug/alcohol abuse and do not allow any weapons or handguns on the premises. Participants in our program are not mandatorily placed by Child Protective Services or any courts.
Program participants are selected from an in depth application and interview process. Hope’s Path, as well as the participant, have the ability to exercise free will to sever the relationship at any time.
Why We Do It
Turning 18 or 21 for your typical American means newfound independence. Whether it’s going off to college or having a first legal drink, most young adults eagerly await these milestone birthdays. But for more than 20,000 young adults in this country, turning 18 or 21, is not a celebratory event. Depending on the state in which they live, young adults in foster care “age out” of the system at either 18 or 21. Essentially, aging out is the process that occurs when youth must leave the foster care system because they were never adopted and are too old to stay in care.
The statistics are devastating. By age 26, only three to four percent of youth who aged out of foster care earn a college degree. One in five of these youth will become homeless after turning 18. Only half will obtain employment by 24. Over 70 percent of female foster youth will become pregnant by 21, and one in four former foster youth will experience PTSD.