Home for HOPE!

Thank you to a generous community who has helped HOPE reach goals over the past couple of years during our Capital Campaign.  We set the bar high, and have made so many accomplishments – all to better serve the community.  Thank you to our Donors, committee members, advisors/consultants and all volunteers who worked so hard to help HOPE reach a new level of service.

Click HERE to view progress photos of the move, renovation and opening!  (I’d like this to turn into an animoto once the campaign is completed)

HOPE has been able to: (feel free to use these little houses I grabbed or the heart from

  • Doubled space at the Resource Center.  HOPE is now able to meet (indoors) with clients in private offices to provide dignity and respect to individuals and families in crisis.
    • Additional offices for Master/Bachelor Student Interns in partnership with the University of Central Florida School of Social Work
  • Doubled space in the Food Pantry!  HOPE’s food pantry now holds 4 industrial size Refrigeration and Freezer units to properly store donated food items and food purchased at Second Harvest Food Bank.  
  • New Computer Center.  This area is complete with computers for clients to work on applications for food stamps and Medicaid.  Clients can also sign up for employment classes, receive resume assistance and guidance for jobs.  
  • Partner Agencies are now able to provide their services on-site.  HOPE designated two additional offices and computer center to provide wrap-around services for those in need, alleviating the burden of traveling across town to receive services
  • Move the Thrift Store to a Larger location, additional parking, drop-off area.  Did you know everything received at the thrift store is donated by the community?  Since re-opening in 2015 HOPE has seen a 37% in proceeds – that go toward helping support HOPE’s programs!
  • All of this expansion means more opportunities for community volunteerism in:
    • Resource Center (food stamp/Medicaid applications, resume building, financial literacy)
    • Food Pantry (Food drives, collection, distribution, pick-ups, pantry take over days and more)
    • Administrative (executive offices, events, marketing and networking/tabling in the community)

Rendering of HOPE’s Welcome Desk

HOPE’s Welcome Desk

The HOPE Chest – HOPE’s New Thrift Store

HOPE’s New Headquarters & Resource Center

For the next two items…the most important is the donors… so if it needs to be in two or three columns that’s ok…but should stand out the most.

A special thank you to those who provided major gifts in order to help us reach our goals.

  • Private Donor
  • Carbone Family
  • Edyth Bush Charitable Trust
  • Private Donor
  • Galloway Foundation
  • Leadership Seminole
  • Private Donor
  • Most Precious Blood Catholic Church
  • Publix Super Markets Charities
  • RL Haines Contractors
  • Synergy Oviedo Chiropractic
  • St. Lukes Lutheran Church
  • Seminole County Board of County Commissioners
  • Private Donor
  • Private Donor
  • Private Donor

Steering Committee

  • David Duda, A. Duda and Sons
  • Joan Faulkner, CEO/HOPE
  • Krissy Goss, Founder Emeritus
  • Jim Gordon, Board Chair
  • Cameron Parker, Past Vice Chair
  • Jim Riley, Volunteer
  • Greg Smith, Campaign Chair
  • Nikki Rach, Winkler Group -formerly w/St. Lukes


Consultant / Advisor

  • Dianne Hopstetter
  • Garnett Group

Planning, Lead, Major Gifts, and Events

Committee Members 2015-2018

  • Dawn Braddy
  • Carrie Christensen
  • Linda Cluxton
  • Dave Kutlenios
  • Mary Pando
  • Jennifer Pence
  • Charlie Pierce
  • Kris Siegmundt
  • Dave Staymates
  • KellySue Stonebreaker
  • Manny Torres
  • Karen Trachsel
  • Janis Williams
  • Terri Walsh
  • Dr. Jim Wright, Phd (past Board Member)
  • Adam Zavardino

Campaign Coordination / Staff

  • Joan Faulkner / CEO
  • Stephanie Govatos (former staff)
  • DeAnn Gurney, Marketing Coordinator
  • Jackie Nitti, Development/Events Mgr
  • Janis Williams, CFO

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