Points of Hope
Bridge Meadows: Portland, Oregon
Bridge Meadows represents a permanent intergenerational community which offers foster children a permanent family through adoption. Bridge Meadow help provide the children with tools and resources that the children will need in order to become healthy and established adults. One of the main objectives for Bridge Meadows is to provide children with constancy throughout their lives, stability in their environment, and a loving family that these children can rely on to always be a part their lives. Throughout the community there are surrogate grandparents, mentors, and playmates for the children to grow and learn with and from. Bridge Meadows also hopes to help the foster children not only find a loving adoptive homes but also initiate the healing process from the wounds of their childhood. In addition to focusing on the children, Bridge Meadows provides on-site support so that the families thrive and meaning and purpose for elders.
Point Hope sought out Bridge Meadows to be a “Point of Hope”, because their work is so valuable and mirrors work Point Hope is initiating in Ghana through Point Hope Village. If you live in the Portland area, look up Bridge Meadows and become a point of hope to children who have struggled to have a voice; Bridge Meadows can use you and you will be the one to profit and grow.
Homestead at Alder Cove: Vaughn, Washington
Sue Braaten is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and has been for over 20 years. She and her husband have not only dreamed a huge dream, but they have begun to put their dreams into action:
“My dream for these innocent victims is that they will have a safe, happy, and comfortable place to call home until they are adopted, graduate from high school, or return to their family. If an adoptive placement doesn’t work out, I want them to return to a familiar home, and I want them to be surrounded by mentors and families who will encourage and support them.” - Sue Braaten
Their plan for The Homestead at Alder Cove is to create a growing, interactive community to surround and support these children now and into the future. Both in the home and in the village, children will be encouraged to experience communication, teamwork, and opportunities to learn the life skills necessary to become productive, healthy adults. The Homestead at Alder Cove will be situated on 45 acres in Vaughn, Pierce County, Washington. At maximum capacity, the facility will provide housing and services for 120 foster children.
Point Hope believes in the mission of The Homestead at Alder Cove. What better “Point of Hope” than one which will not only remember the forgotten children, but will actively pursue a hope and a future for them. If you live in Gig Harbor, Vaughn or the surrounding Pierce County area, check out your chance to make a difference in ways that can’t even be imagined!
WestSide Baby: White Center, West Seattle, Washington
WestSide Baby is a nonprofit organization that collects the basic needs for children and babies. These items can be previously owned or new items such as, diapers, cribs, clothes, toys, food, books, and safe equipment. These items are collected and distributed to South King County families in need free of charge. WestSide Baby also works with social service agencies that are already assisting low-income family. Agencies order items from WestSide Baby and deliver them to families who are homeless, living in transitional housing or simply in need of a little help during a difficult time. WestSide Baby overall goal is to help insure that all children and babies have all the essential needs met.
Point Hope has been partnering with WestSide Baby since 2007. Caring, compassionate community outreach, this “Point of Hope” exemplifies how to turn your time into a priceless memory. If you live in Seattle, they are worthy of your attention.
Camp To Belong: Port Orchard, Washington
Camp To Belong reunites brothers and sisters from across Washington state that are separated in foster, adoptive or kinship care through our unique Summer Camp Program. There are dedicated volunteers who work year round planning and raising the funds needed each year to run this program. Camp To Belong Washington replicates a proven program that has been serving foster youth for 15 years. Not only do these campers receive a fun experience filled with traditional camp activities, but they are given the time as brothers and sisters to make memories together, that most of us take for granted. It is not uncommon for youth in foster care to see their siblings 4 hours a month; 48 hours a year. Several of our 2009 campers had not seen their brothers and sisters in months and for some it had been years. Camp To Belong Washington gives them the opportunity to play, eat, sleep…heal and bond during a full week at camp!
Many Lights Foundation: Newcastle, Washington
Many Lights Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to healing the pain of abuse and neglect for children living in kinship and foster care by providing them with permanent homes in an intergenerational neighborhood called Hope Lights Community.