When this girl came in she was very guarded and untouchable. She wouldn’t let anyone in or would not consider giving me a hug. Finally some walls crashed and I saw her heart. She is now opening up and talking to me and is so excited when me and my daughter come to visit.

- Hope Hill Volunteer

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last week in our residential program we had the privilege of participating in a thrilling graduation ceremony for one of our girls. Five months ago, this young lady was angry, would not speak to anyone, would not let anyone hug or touch her, always had a solemn scowl on her face, and had no desire for school work. At her graduation she was laughing, smiling, and hugging people as she shared her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse! As I witnessed this transformation I couldn’t help thinking, “Hope Hill really does give hope!”

one of our case managers: I have approximately 11 years total in working with youth who have came into Hope Hill’s care. Although there are many stories and transformations that stand out, the ones that mean the most are those that are still being told. What I mean by that is this; many of the youth who have graduated the program or aged out, have went on to create successful lives of their own. They are becoming students, parents, spouses and contributing members of our society. And when asked what gave them that extra push or confidence, they will often mention that it was Hope Hill or name a particular staff. You see Hope Hill is more than an organization designed in helping at risk youth. The people employed by Hope Hill are special people with a God given gift in helping others. It is with that gift that the lives of many are touched and transformed, and because of that, a story of their own is created. A bonus to that is we as staff get to watch the youth reap the reward of the services they received.

Dena Garrett, MSW
HHYS-TFC Case Manager

I have seen girls come into my classroom completely apathetic about their education…they cared nothing about earning credits. And then along the way, their focus shifted from troubles to school and they end up leaving having completed several high school credits and looking forward to continuing their education in order to achieve a career goal! This isn’t every student’s story, but when it does happen, it makes everything we do worthwhile! I love that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve as a teacher in this place where lives are genuinely changed for the better!

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last week in our residential program we had the privilege of participating in a thrilling graduation ceremony for one of our girls. Five months ago, this young lady was angry, would not speak to anyone, would not let anyone hug or touch her, always had a solemn scowl on her face, and had no desire for school work. At her graduation she was laughing, smiling, and hugging people as she shared her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse! As I witnessed this transformation I couldn’t help thinking, “Hope Hill really does give hope!”

one of our case managers: I have approximately 11 years total in working with youth who have came into Hope Hill’s care. Although there are many stories and transformations that stand out, the ones that mean the most are those that are still being told. What I mean by that is this; many of the youth who have graduated the program or aged out, have went on to create successful lives of their own. They are becoming students, parents, spouses and contributing members of our society. And when asked what gave them that extra push or confidence, they will often mention that it was Hope Hill or name a particular staff. You see Hope Hill is more than an organization designed in helping at risk youth. The people employed by Hope Hill are special people with a God given gift in helping others. It is with that gift that the lives of many are touched and transformed, and because of that, a story of their own is created. A bonus to that is we as staff get to watch the youth reap the reward of the services they received.

“Being at Hope Hill has made me realize I actually want to make a change. This place motivates and inspires me to do my best.”

- Hope Hill Resident