May/June 2016
Exciting News from Our Board Chair:

As you know, our growth over the past three years has been tremendous, and with supporters like you we have gone from serving 33 young people with a history in foster care to now serving close to 160. Because of exciting new opportunities, partnerships, and our formal collaborative work that has been a result of our growth and success, last week our Executive Director, Stacy Bluth, transitioned to serve as the Executive Director of a collaborative that focuses on helping young people aging out of foster care transition to adulthood throughout the entire region. Rashidah Myrie, who has been with The Hope Center for close to three years, has been promoted to serve as Executive Director during this interim transition period. We couldn't be more excited to have Rashidah at the helm as we continue to serve young people as they make the tough transition from foster care to independence. We thank you for your support and look forward to our continued partnership together.

Peg O'Connell
Board Chair
Raising Hope Brunch and Silent Auction

The Raising Hope Brunch and Silent Auction was held on Sunday, June 5th, and we brought together over 180 people to raise critical funds to support young people aging out of foster care. The event included live music, brunch, an amazing silent auction and we heard some incredibly moving stories from three young people who recently aged out of foster care and are making a successful transition to adulthood. We also celebrated this year's Bridge Award Winners, including Senator Tamara Barringer, Fostering Bright Futures at Wake Tech Community College, and Benchmarks. Larry Perkins, Vice-President and Assistant General Manager at PNC Arena, did a fantastic job as our emcee. We are humbled and honored to have such community support and thank you all for making the Raising Hope Brunch and Silent Auction such a success.

Highlight: Internship Program 

Our Summer 2016 internships have begun! Young people are working in non-profits such as The Green Chair Project, Poe Center for Health Education, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, Artopia, North Carolina Theatre Conservatory, North Raleigh Ministries, SPCA of Wake County, CAM Raleigh, Artspace, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and 4H Youth Development. These internships are critical in providing our youth with hands-on, real world experiences in the workforce. Our thanks goes out to everyone who partners with us to make this a reality for young people aging out of foster care, including Wake County Human Services. 
The Steward's Fund Challenge Grant:

The Steward's Fund has chosen to support us again this year through a challenge grant! Every new, increased or lapsed gift (a donor who has not given in the past 18 months) given from now until July 31st counts towards this challenge, and if we raise $12,350 in new, increased or lapsed gifts by July 31st, The Steward's Fund will match these funds with an additional $12,350.  

Let's do this together and meet this challenge! We hope you will consider a gift to The Hope Center. As you can appreciate, the timing of your gift is important--if you aren't sure when you last gave or what your donation amount was, please contact Pat Hielscher at or 919-322-2751. Thank you!
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 and tutors for our young people.  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!

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1801 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27605