Dec 2023 Newsletter

Hope Hill
August 11, 2021

December 2023 Newsletter

Hope Hill Youth Services has had an amazing year! We have accomplished many things and have seen several positive changes take place. We would like to thank our Hope Hill foster parents, donors, sponsors, independent living individuals and staff for making all this possible.

Here is our year in review.

In This Edition

New Executive Director, Terri Combs

Bass Tournament

Staff Appreciation
Hope Hill Community Events

Donations for Christmas

Independent Living Success Story
Employee of the Quarter

Foster Parent of the Quarter

All about Hope Hill Youth Services

Hope Hill has been joining families since 1962 throughout the Commonwealth. Sister Ruby Kitchen started this mission and here we are over 60 years later still making her vision come true! Hope Hill offers Therapeutic Foster Care and Independent Living services.

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Executive Director: Terri Combs

We are pleased to announce that Terri Combs, MSW/CSW has accepted the role of Executive Director! Terri brings extensive
experience and leadership skills from her time with the Department for
Community Based Services as a Service Region Clinical Associate and as a
Supervisor of Foster Care and Adoption Teams in the Southern Bluegrass Region
(19 years).

Terri can be reached at (859) 498-0373 ext. 2008 or

Bass Tournament 2023
This years bass tournament event was the biggest yet! We had an awesome night with the participants and watching them enjoy themselves on Cave Run Lake.
First Place Winners were Kollin Parks & Brady Mcguire
Second Place Joey Bates & Ralph Engelbrecht winning
Third Place Robert Curtis & Dan Watkins
Biggest Fish Robert Curtis & Dan Watkins
We want to thank Poor Boys Trail for coordinating this event as well as all of our other sponsors!!

Staff Appreciation
Here at Hope Hill we truly believe we have the best staff! Each day our team of professional work hard to make sure all of our youth are taken care of. We currently have 18 staff members all of which go above and beyond for our agency. We would like to thank them for all they do!

At our Hope Location we have Executive Director Terri Combs, HR Manager Jaclyn Denkins, Independent Living Program Director Emily Stewart, Independent Living Case Manager Hannah Howell, Recruitment Specialist Bailee Maloney, and Maintenance Manager Thomas Mulachy .

At our Morehead Location we have Program Director Kelly Whitt, Lead Case Manager Katie Valerio, Licensing Specialist Makayla Moore, Therapist Megan Davis, Case Manager Justin McCoy, and Office Manager Mintia Roush.

At our Hazard Location we have Program Director Tisha Creasy, Treatment Director Stacy Baca, Case Manager Zada Campbell, Licensing Specialist Samantha Kilburn, Case Manager Sara Kelly, Case Manager John Glenn, and Office Manger Jason Thompson.

Recently Hope Hill's executive management team hosted an employee appreciation party. During this event we played games, gave out prizes and had a Halloween costume contest. Here are some of our participants!

Our Team

Hope Hill Community Involvement

Recently Hope Hill staff with the help of volunteers from the Frenchburg Job Corps created a Christmas Float to participate in local Christmas parades.

Hazard staff participated in Pink Weekend by wrapping presents for the public as a way to spread awareness about out agency and spread a little extra Christmas cheer!

Christmas Donors
We have so many loving and caring people/organizations in our communities who are always lending us a hand when needed most. This Holiday season all of our foster youth and independent living individuals will be well taken care!

We want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May we not forget the Reason for the Season!

  • Nestle Prepared Foods in Mount Sterling donated over 100 presents for our Foster Care children.
  • The Montgomery County Fire Department donated $500 to sponsor our Foster Children's gifts.
  • EKCC donated $1000 sponsor a Christmas party and purchase gifts for Hope Hill youth.
  • Hazard and Morehead Offices were given other donations to Sponsor their Christmas parties.
  • Unified Technologies sponsored gifts for all of our Independent Living Youth.

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Independent Living Success Story
Independent Living individuals are former foster children who have aged out of the system. Often times they are still healing from past trauma while navigating their journey into adulthood. Often times they do not have a supportive family to lean on when the cruel realities of adulthood start to take place. That is were we come into play. Hope Hill provides education and services so that these young adults are better able to successfully transition into a life on their own.

IL Success Story:  One individual started came into the program suffering from addiction, she had previously been shot, suffered a past overdose inside her apartment and had been the victim of a home break in. With the assistance of Hope Hill provided case management services and therapy, she has been sober for over 2 years. She also currently works as a lead teacher at a daycare facility while going to school to become an early childhood education teacher. She has bought her own car and saved over $10,000 while in the program.

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Employee of the Quarter

Employee of the quarter is Megan Davis. Megan is a therapist with Hope Hill and has recently taken on a lot of extra responsibilities. The employee of the quarter is nominated by their fellow staff and the final winner is selected by the executive team. Here is what one fellow staff had to say about Megan: "Megan is always going above and beyond to assist our youth. She is very passionate about advocating for these youth and getting them what they deserve. She even buys them things that they need with her own money." Thank you Megan for all you do. It's individuals like you that make our agency stand out!

Foster Care

Foster Family of the Quarter

Foster Family of the quarter goes to Bob and Jennifer Sheldon. Foster Families are nominated by Hope Hill staff. Here is what staff had to say about the Sheldon's: "They go above and beyond to advocate for the needs of the youth placed in their home. They also keep in contact with youth that have been discharged to provide them with extra support and assistance when needed. They are always willing to help out with respite when needed."

Congratulations to the Sheldon's!!


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