In 2016, HopeTree impacted the lives of over 300 individuals and families throughout Virginia. Our goal was to provide high quality services and change the lives of those in need. Our Treatment Foster Care programs, in Salem and Chester, provided children in need with stable, loving homes.
HopeTree Academy, our fully accredited secondary educational facility for students in the Roanoke Valley, saw its largest graduation class since it opened its new facility in 2006. HopeTree Academy provides students with a comprehensive educational program that: emphasizes high standards for student achievement, behavior and career development, stimulates academic and intellectual curiosity, develops personal integrity and fosters respect for individual differences.
In 2016 we also served the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities and their families through our Developmental Disabilities Ministry which operates 20 Christian group homes across Virginia.
Without the support of our communities it would be impossible to provide services to those in need. Last year alone, HopeTree provided almost $2 million in benevolent care to at-risk children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We are counting on the support of our community to provide at least the same level of benevolent care in the next fiscal year.
The support of community volunteers is always important. Our goal is to recruit 30 new volunteers throughout Virginia who are willing to serve as ambassadors of our mission. As a community or church group, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved by adopting a service location or sponsoring or hosting a fundraising event.
HopeTree was chartered as Baptist Orphanage of Virginia on February 24, 1890, in Salem, Virginia. During the 1930s and 1940s, Trustees of the Baptist Orphanage noticed a change in the children who came to the Orphanage. More and more often the children were not actually orphans; instead their families placed them with the Baptist Orphanage because of economic hardships. By the early 1950's, very few residents of the Orphanage were actually orphaned. To more accurately reflect the nature of their ministry efforts, the Board of Trustees voted to change the Orphanage’s name to Virginia Baptist Children’s Home in 1953.
Over the next three decades, the Baptist Children’s Home noticed yet another shift in the situations that brought children into care. Increasingly children came to the Home because of abuse or neglect rather than families’ financial difficulties. In response to this societal change, the Children’s Home developed new ministries to reach and heal not just the children, but their families as well. By 1985, the Board of Trustees again recognized the need for a name change to reflect the Home’s expanded goal of healing the children in its care and their families. Thus, Virginia Baptist Children’s Home became Virginia Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services.
The services provided by the Children’s Home continued to evolve as society’s needs changed. In 1992, the Children’s Home ventured in a new direction by founding a ministry that serves adults with intellectual disabilities – the Developmental Disabilities Ministry. This new effort focused on creating home-like environments to provide long-term support for adults who need specialized support to live full, productive lives. The Developmental Disabilities Ministry now operates 19 group homes across Virginia from Abingdon to Virginia Beach.
With its expanded ministries, which now include DDM homes, foster families, alternative education schools and other services, the Children’s Home bears little resemblance to the Baptist Orphanage of the 1890s. Therefore, another change became necessary. A new name was needed that would be inclusive of all of our programs, open our doors to all denominations, and convey our statewide locations beyond our former, singular “home” title. Thus, we adopted HopeTree Family Services as its "Doing Business As" name.
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