ABOUT HOMEMADE HOPE
Homemade Hope grew out of Founder Blair Bentley's work as a volunteer in Houston shelters. In 2012, Bentley, educated at Bucknell University in education and art, began leading cooking classes for children at a local shelter, introducing them to simple, healthy meals they could prepare for their families with readily available ingredients.
During holidays, she worked with children to host festive celebrations for their families, complete with the children's handcrafted decorations and homemade food. As her involvement deepened, her passion for at-risk children and awareness of their significant needs grew. The vision was born, and Homemade Hope was founded in 2013.
In 2014, Homemade Hope received its official 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status. Since then, Homemade Hope has strengthened and expanded its programming and reach, doubling its attendance count, recruiting a committed team of volunteers, and adding robust academic support to its already vital programming.
Homemade Hope anticipates significant growth in the coming year, enabling us to reach more children with the joy and comfort of home.
There is something profoundly powerful about gathering around the table for a meal and the traditions and values that come from that
time—from preparing the food to sharing the feast. Homemade Hope uses the simple power of a family meal to ground this season of childhood in rituals and memories, nurturing children and strengthening families.
Homemade Hope also seeks to introduce children to experiences and opportunities beyond the walls of the shelter, giving them hope for a better future.
Homemade Hope is growing! We're poised to extend our reach to more children by expanding to additional shelters, requiring resources and volunteers.
Find out how you can participate in impacting more lives.