Hope House

 
Marsing, ID
US


Phone (208) 896-4673

Donnalee Velvick

12-18

Boys and Girls

Call admissions department for current tuition.

Varies for individual circumstances


Hope House is a non-profit Christian children's home that accepts youth whom state agencies and other private homes and local organizations are unable or unwilling to care for. Many of our children come to us with varying degrees of physical, emotional and educational difficulties. Some come to us with abandonment issues ( RAD, reactive attachment disorder, AD, attachment disorder ), FAS ( fetal alcohol syndrome ), ADD ( attention deficit disorder ) learning disabilities, abused, and in some cases, with reports of nothing more than bad behavior and stamped as incorrigible. Some come to us from loving, supportive families and some come to us with no families. We believe that all youth deserve the opportunity to succeed!

Hope House accepts children whom state agencies and other private homes and local organizations are unable or unwilling to care for. Many of our children come to us with varying degrees of physical, emotional and educational difficulties. Some come to us with abandonment issues ( RAD, reactive attachment disorder, AD, attachment disorder ), FAS ( fetal alcohol syndrome ), ADD ( attention deficit disorder ) learning disabilities, abused, and in some cases, with reports of nothing more than bad behavior and stamped as incorrigible. Some come to us from loving, supportive families and some come to us with no families. We believe that all youth deserve the opportunity to succeed! In some cases this means moving from their dysfunctional situation to live in our 'structured' home. All of our young people are required to be in school and/or developmental services and/or vocational training as needed. The children and adults of Hope Houseā€¦.whether they stay several months or remain for years...learn to live, love, and share as a family.

Our goals are simple: To provide a safe, loving home for children and youth; to provide a non-institutional atmosphere for our developmentally delayed and disabled young people; to promote the general welfare of disabled children and adults, both in and out of our home; to provide appropriate care and training in proper social, educational, economic, and intellectual skills; to provide for the spiritual needs of our young people.

We attend church together as a family, and all the children who join our family, even on a temporary basis, understand that we do things as a family, with everyone participating and following house rules. Because we are a family, everyone participates in camping, swimming, bowling, and other activities. Within the protection of the family, young people are encouraged to try things they may have been afraid or were too self-conscious to try. Within the protection of the family they have the freedom to fail without being labeled a failure. The key word in all that we do is FAMILY. We are a family unit. We live, love, laugh, and worship as a family. HOPE HOUSE IS A HOME TO COME TO!

Just as in a 'normal size' family, all of our young people have responsibilities. The older children help our little ones and our 'special needs' children to get ready for the day. Everyone is responsible for keeping their own room in order. After school, we all get together for 'family meeting' where chores are assigned, ranging from special projects, to vacuuming, dusting, laundry, and all the other average duties a family has.

We do the same kinds of things most smaller families do, just on a larger scale. One example of this is summer vacation. Each summer the entire family loads up into a couple of buses, a van or three, and maybe a couple of cars and a pickup and heads for the hills.

We spend three or four weeks exploring the great outdoors in Idaho and/or surrounding states. We camp out in tents or under the stars in our sleeping bags, cook, hike, swim, and stand in a never-ending line to the outhouse.


Our goals are simple: To provide a safe, loving home for children and youth; to provide a non-institutional atmosphere for our developmentally delayed and disabled young people; to promote the general welfare of disabled children and adults, both in and out of our home; to provide appropriate care and training in proper social, educational, economic, and intellectual skills; to provide for the spiritual needs of our young people; to provide for the special needs of our young people such as medical/surgical services, eye correction, counseling, physical therapy, speech and hearing services, and developmental training services; to teach basic skills such as simple cooking, doing laundry, washing dishes, sweeping floors and other household tasks; to teach personal hygiene and grooming; to teach the value of work; to work with the parents willing to learn how to cope with and meet the special needs of their disabled young people so they can be reunited as a family. Some of our young people just need someone to love them and accept them, and let them know they are valuable.

work with the parents willing to learn how to cope with and meet the special needs of their disabled young people so they can be reunited as a family

Hope House Home for Children exists to provide a home for children between the ages of six and eighteen [and those who turn eighteen prior to or during their senior year in HS] who are emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled, and or come from dysfunctional families. Hope House serves children from all areas of the United States, though the vast majority come from the western United States. Children from other countries may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Hope House provides a home for those young people who may have "fallen through the cracks" of other governmental and/or private agencies.

Our staff consists of twelve full-time volunteers who live on the premises, miscellaneous college Interns and student helpers, as well as teachers, cooks and ( more )

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