A happy temporary home for children in an environment that
promotes healing and encourages well-being and happiness
Hope Centre is a charitable non-profit organization for abused and abandoned children. From its inception to the present time, a temporary home has been provided for children between the ages of three and twelve.
Our children come from several sources e.g. community police and social workers; temporary legal custody is sought through the courts. While the children are resident, their schooling continued and their health needs are seen to; and most importantly we provide psychological assessment and counselling for them and their families and later prepare them for re-entry to their home situations, or entry into other institutions.
Of great concern to us is the progress of the children after discharge. For those who have gone to new institutions, Hope Centre remains their “home away from home’ and for many of the children’s families it is their support centre. Our outreach program helps to finance the children as they acquire skills on the way to independence.
While the Home is funded by a small government subvention and by monies raised through our ventures; it has survived – and continues to survive – because of the overwhelming generosity of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Hope Centre was established in 1986 at Caritas Centre as a call-in counselling station for substance abusers and families in crisis. Some years later, the need for a home for disadvantaged children was recognized, and our search began. In 1990 we were given the use of the Carvalho building, then dilapidated and vandalized, and with the tremendous help of our people, its transformation began. Hope Centre was completed in April 1992 and opened its doors to our first child on 30th April, 1992.
It is administered by a board of members who are involved in all decisions regarding legal and financial affairs, fundraising and matters pertaining to the operation of the home. Our Home is used as a base for projects by UWI students pursuing degrees in sociology. It is also a designated place for young people instructed by the courts to perform community service.
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