Youth Commit to Remain Drug Free at Teen Challenge Carnival

Teen Challenge South Florida Davie Women’s Home hosted their 5th annual “Kick Drugs Out of Our Community” carnival outreach at Liberty Park in Davie last month. This drug prevention and awareness event was free to the community offering food, fun and prizes for guests of all ages. Teen Challenge, along with their many supporters and volunteers, spent the day saturating the community with the love of God and the hope of a better future. Young people of varying ages participated in a “Say NO to Drugs” hat and T-shirt decorating contest, putting their time and talents into preparing entries that […]

-Read More


Hope Women’s Center Banquet Celebrates Life

On April 13, Hope Women’s Centers hosted their 28th annual fundraising banquet, “Hope Changes Everything,” featuring American film producer Jason Jones as the keynote speaker. Jones, who worked on the pro-life films “Bella” and “Crescendo” and the film “Little Boy,” which opened in theaters April 24th, shared his personal story of how abortion impacted his life as a teenager. Alexander Star, who first visited Hope as the boyfriend of a client, shared how he now uses his talent for Christ and creates music to challenge his generation. Guests previewed the premier of his music video, “Our Women,” an edgy, honest […]

-Read More


11th Annual Place of Hope Golf Invitational Supports Foster Children

Golf enthusiasts with a heart for children raised funds for Place of Hope on March 23 at the 11th Annual Place of Hope Golf Invitational. More than 150 participants made safety and security a reality for a growing number of Florida children. “As of the end of March, nearly 1,200 children were in out-of-home care in Palm Beach County. During the month of February alone, 95 additional children entered the county’s child welfare system,” said Place of Hope Executive Director Charles Bender. “Events, such as this golf tournament, while fun and recreational, play a significant role in helping our organization […]

-Read More


Elizabeth Smart Advocates for Abduction Victims and Shares Her Story

Elizabeth Smart, advocate for child abduction victims and recovery programs, recently made an emotionally gripping presentation at this year’s Broward College Speakers Series presented by Hoffman’s Chocolates. During her speech entitled, “Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story,”  Smart shared her incredible story of perseverance, strength and recovery that not only told her personal abduction story, but also discussed topics such as overcoming adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing your past to dictate life’s future. Her recovery has led her to start the Elizabeth Smart Foundation with her father and create a partnership with Operation Underground Railroad, […]

-Read More


Foster Care Month

View Good News center spread HERE SafePlace 4KIDS Provides Comfort to Kids Entering Foster Care When crisis strikes at home and children are initially removed for their safety and entering the foster care system due to abuse, neglect or abandonment, they experience a flood of emotions. Confusion, fear, anger, grief and uncertainty rush in like a flood as they are often picked up by a police officer at school and must sit in an office beside a caseworker as arrangements are made for their placement with a foster family or in a group home, which can take hours or sometimes […]

-Read More


Place of Hope Director Charles Bender Named to Economic Council

Charles Bender, executive director of Place of Hope, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. He will assist in leading the development of the Economic Council in partnership with other corporate and non-profit leaders. The Council’s mission is to create an environment in Palm Beach County that helps business prosper. As executive director since 1999, Bender has guided the operations of the largest child welfare organization in Palm Beach County, which has recently expanded into Martin County. Place of Hope supporters and partners include several of the county’s largest enterprises. Bender’s […]

-Read More


Ann Coulter Rallies Republicans at 2015 Lincoln Day Dinner

Conservative Political Commentator and Bestselling Author Ann Coulter was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Lincoln Day Dinner presented by the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) on April 18 at the Signature Grand in Davie. Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Representative George Moriatis also spoke at the event. And Dr. Jerry Newcombe, cohost/senior TV producer of Kennedy Classics, shared why the church should engage in the political process. Following a touching story of military service and commitment to country Brian Mast, U.S. Army retired, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, which received a standing ovation, and Ashley […]

-Read More


Three Churches, One Body

For the first time ever, First Baptist Church Piney Grove, Mount Bethel Baptist Church and New Mount Olive Baptist Church gathered together on April 25th in Fort Lauderdale for joint worship and teaching around common subject matter in an effort to build the kingdom of God. “It was our objective to promote solidarity as churches,” said Bishop C. E. Glover, of Mount Bethel Baptist Church. “We are not in competition, but rather see our roles as complementing and helping each other.” The event was birthed out of a gesture of hospitality. “Dr. Hughes and I both came into town at […]

-Read More


Connie Frankino honored at Place of Hope Golf Invitational and Charity Diner

As the president and founder of KidSanctuary Campus, Inc., Connie Frankino directly influences children’s lives by creating new homes for them to live and thrive, once they’ve been displaced due to abandonment, abuse or neglect. At the 11th Annual Place of Hope Golf Invitational and Charity Dinner, Frankino was honored for her work with a Pande Family Award. The award was a highlight of the Charity Dinner on March 22 at the Old Palm Golf Club, where guests enjoyed an auction event and live art performances. The Annual Golf Invitational & Charity Dinner welcomed Place of Hope supporters from across the country […]

-Read More


National Volunteer Month

A Word of Thanks to Those Who Volunteer “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23 NIV). In no endeavor is this scripture more true than in volunteer service. When there is no personal gain to be had for work, it is truly an effort unto the Lord that we give. On behalf of HOPE South Florida and many other organizations who depend on volunteers, we would like to deeply and sincerely thank the hundreds of volunteers who make a such an impact in our community. We […]

-Read More