Changing the world -one child at a time - Saving Kids from living on the streets.
The Drop-In Center has a short-term transition program providing a safe home, food, counseling, and spiritual direction to street children. They work to heal, return to school, and develop skills to live in a family environment.
The Boarding School cares for children ages preschool to 17. They receive schooling, medical care, room and board, and spiritual nurture. The school mainstreams the HFH children as well as serves community children.
The Bethel Group Home provides a home environment targeted to older children while they complete their high school educations. They are prepared for independent living either while getting further education or to get a stable job.
Foster Homes are set up and monitored to raise the children in a family environment. HFH provides food as well as ensures medical care and schooling. Foster families receive enough food to supplement the entire family. The majority of HFH children live in Foster Homes.
Pastor Surafel Gebretsadik was born and raised in Ethiopia. His ministry began during the Derg’s communist reign in Ethiopia (1974-1989). He was imprisoned four times for practicing and preaching the message of Jesus Christ and finally fled Ethiopia as a refugee. He eventually made his way to America where he has been granted citizenship and began his family.
When the communist government in Ethiopia fell, Pastor Surafel was able to return to Ethiopia. “My heart never left Ethiopia,” he says. He continues to return to his homeland to “do God’s work and help God’s children.” He established Hope for the Hopeless in 1993 to fulfill God’s commandment to care for orphans.
In addition to the work that Surafel continues at Hope for the Hopeless, he serves as Pastor for a local Ethiopian church in Phoenix, AZ and coordinates the refugee program there. He also conducts HIV/AIDS training for pastors in Ethiopia and continues to preach and live the gospel. Contact Pastor Surafel - 602.487.9810
Our staff at Hope for the Hopeless
provides a loving environment for the children daily. Many have been there since the first facility was opened. We are so thankful for each one of them. All our staff have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and seek to make Him priority in their lives.
The staff is committed to seeing our children grow both physically and spiritually. They desire for each child to become all that God has created them to be. Each child is unique and so is each staff member.
Please pray with us as our staff seeks to meet the needs of the children and point them to their Heavenly Father. Consider sponsoring a member of the staff.
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President - George Cushman
Sponsorship - Laura and Royce Brownfield
Accounting - Cynthia Reid
Director - Pastor Surafel
Member - Kevin Judiscak
Member - Billie Fidlin
Member - Feven Surafel
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I want to update you on steps we are taking to protect our kids, our foster families, our staff and their families during the COVID-19 viral pandemic. According to the latest information, there are presently 12 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Ethiopia. About what we had in our country just several weeks ago. This means we can still make some important choices which will provide protection and lessen the impact of this disease on the Hope family.
We are immediately going to practice social distancing. All of our kids housed in group homes in Addis Ababa will be moved to our campus in Sululta. Addis is a densely populated city of over 6 million people, making it almost a surety the disease will spread rapidly. We are also inviting the staff and their families to move to Sululta as well, for their protection and the continuing of their employment. Staff that remain in Addis will not be allowed to continue to serve our kids during this time, as they would be probable carriers of the virus and this would defeat all we have done to get ahead of this disease.
All the monies we presently have in our accounts will be used to purchase food and any needed supplies. We have seen how our store’s shelves are often depleted of many foods and products during these past few weeks. The impact will be much greater in Ethiopia. I ask several things from you as we seek to minimize the impact of this pandemic as best as we can. We appreciate your support! You are the reason we can make these preparations to protect our kids, staff and families. We also ask that if it is possible to send an extra donation or pay your sponsorship several months in advance it would be greatly appreciated. This will allow us to purchase more of the essentials we need to weather this virus.
There are other practices being put into place that will allow us to not only provide greater support to the kids in foster families but also to the Hope family as a whole. We are looking to get the supplies needed by our nurse so she can provide wellness checks and the best medical responses we can give to our kids, staff and families if they are affected by the illness.
We will continue to update you as we seek to provide our best to truly be hope to those who need us more than ever in this moment. We again thank you for your concern and your compassionate responses to this moment.
Our last request is for your ongoing prayers for the safety of our Hope family and that we may make the decisions that provide, as best we can, the safety and needs of those we serve.
Advisory Board Hope For The Hopeless
January 2019 - 25 Years of Hope!