Home of Hope - Ukraine
The Home of Hope was established as a safe house to save teenage girls from traffickers. The ownership of the House was given to the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate for the sole purpose of saving orphan girls who had to leave the Orphanages at age 16. The home was totally gutted and remodeled to be able to accommodate up to 23 girls and 3 Sisters.
Before the Home was ready for occupancy, funds went to purchasing beds, kitchen appliances and other necessary furniture. Now funds are used primarily to provide for the girls’ personal needs, such as food, clothing, medical supplies, health and emotional needs, and tuition for their education.
Presently there are 22 girls living at the home.
The Home of Hope is a place committed to helping form the girls with life skills that will enable them to live independently someday. The Sisters ensure that the operational needs are met along with providing the girls with spiritual support, inspiration, direction and friendship. The Sisters are also helping the girls to understand the importance of helping others as they have been helped. This past Christmas the girls visited a hospital sharing gifts and time.
This past June, five of the girls graduated from University and received diplomas. Another four will be continuing their University studies this year also on the path to graduate.
"This has been a great achievement for us all - our girls and us Sisters! Most of the girls come to our Home with the preconceived notion that they are incapable of great things, and are unimportant. While staying in our Home, many come to recognize their potential. The girls grow in all aspects of life, findig their true dignity and learning to make wise decicions in their lives. It is a great joy for us! This is a very important goal in our Home"
Home of Hope Breakfast Event 2016
The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada felt a connection to the Home of Hope and in 2014 decided to host the first Home of Hope Breakfast Fundraiser.
Over the past three years the Breakfast has raised more than $60,000 in partnership with the Lubov SSMI Foundation.
This year’s Breakfast raised over $15,000 and counting.
Thank you to all of the many supporters who came out to the Home of Hope Fundraising Breakfast, this year and previous years.