January/February 2015
Dear Friends of The Hope Center at Pullen:

In honor of National Mentoring Month in January, this issue highlights the important role our mentors play in the lives of our young people. We've always known that a strong mentoring relationship can change lives, and in a January 2014 national study, this was confirmed--quality mentoring programs are linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for the mentee, not to mention the role these relationships play in strengthening our community. 

For our own young people, our mentors often serve as the only unpaid person in their lives thus far, providing a special bond and a unique means of support as our young people work to establish their independence.

To all mentors out there, whether you mentor a young person at The Hope Center at Pullen, through another organization, or more informally, we thank you for your commitment to enrich the lives of young people in our community.

Stacy Bluth
Executive Director
The Hope Center at Pullen

Highlight: Mentoring


At The Hope Center at Pullen, our mentor/mentee pairs are finding all sorts of success. After being matched, mentors and mentees see each other every other week to do activities that are of mutual interest and that expand the mentee's horizons. Mentors and mentees make at least a one year commitment to each other. This commitment provides the opportunity for a trusting relationship based on mutual respect to grow. Says one mentor "I believe my mentee and I were matched perfectly. We get along great, we're interested in a lot of the same things and we both bring a dose of humor. We're only a few years apart in age but we're fairly different from one another in terms of our backgrounds. She's smart with a great head on her shoulders and I find myself envious that she knows exactly what she wants to do and how she'll get there."

 Another mentor comments "To me, mentoring is a way to be generative in life, to cultivate meaningful relationships based in mutuality, and to support young adults in my community. My mentee and I have enjoyed the chance to work on goals for a positive future, discuss the things that matter most in life, and explore new hobbies and activities around town."


Our mentors are fulfilling the motto "Be someone who matters to someone who matters", and for that, we are grateful.

Powerful Mentoring Facts

"Young people who were at-risk for not

completing high school but who had a mentor

reported higher educational aspirations and

matriculation into post-secondary education, as

well as greater engagement in positive activities.


They were:

  •   55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.
  • 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
  •  More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
  • Nearly nine in ten respondents who had a mentor said they are now interested in becoming mentors."
source: www.nationalmentoringmonth.org


Join us at
Zoe's Kitchen
When: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Where: Zoe's Kitchen-Cameron Village

1028 Oberlin Road #248 Raleigh, NC 27605


Hours: 11am-9pm


Why: If you mention that you are with The Hope Center, Zoe's Kitchen will donate 20% of the proceeds to us. 

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Save the Date


Our annual Raising Hope Gala is just around the corner! Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 14th at First Citizen's Bank in downtown Raleigh. You are not going to want to miss this year's event, as we have some pretty neat surprises in store for you. But more on that later...


Where To
Find Us



We are always in need of items on our wish list to help our young people as they set up their apartments.  For a complete list, click here.
 We are always looking for volunteer mentors for our youth.  Click here to find out more information about how to get involved.
Donations of any amount help sustain the work we do with young men and women aging out of foster care.  Click here to find out more!

2015 Board of Directors:  

The Hope Center at Pullen is pleased to announce our 2015

Board of Directors. We would like to acknowledge the incredible contributions of Anne Sayers and Laura Langham in 2014 and for all the years they have served as board members. The leadership, commitment and services of these three individuals was instrumental in laying a strong foundation for The Hope Center at Pullen. We thank you for your years of dedication and support.


Our Board of Directors for 2015 include:


Peg O'Connell, Chair

Joe Stewart, Vice Chair

Karen Stanley, Treasurer

Kathy Perkinson, Secretary

Graham Dixon

 Nation Hahn

Jim Hutchby

Ophelia Johnson

Rodger Koopman

David Laboy

Warren Ludwig

Mack Paul

Gregg Warren

Ned Yellig

Cathy Tamsberg (Ex-Officio)





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1801 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27605