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      Volunteers Welcome At                             grant,” said House of Hope                         how to eat healthier and be healthier,” Ranieri said. “We’re

      Equine Rescue And Adoption                        CEO Rob Ranieri. “Last                             grateful to have Florida Blue Foundation as our newest partner.”
                                                        year alone we distributed
                                                                                                             The extensive programs and services of House of Hope are

      Foundation (ERAF)                                 2.1 million pounds of                              provided at no cost to those in need. It depends on generous
                                                        nutritious food to our                             donors and volunteers throughout the community to meet its
                                                        clients and our 35 food                            mission. For more information about ways to get help or give
                                                        bank  partner  agencies,                           help, call House of Hope at (772) 286-4673 or go to the House
                                                        together reaching more                             of Hope website
                                                        than 12,000 individuals                            About House Of Hope
                                                        monthly, and the demand                               Founded in 1984, House of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
                                                        continues to grow.”                                organization that empowers Martin County residents to
                                                           Florida  Blue                                   overcome hunger and hardship. House of Hope touches the
                                                        Foundation  invests  in                            lives of more than 7,000 people each month helping with basic
                                                        programs that are focused                          needs such as food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, as
                                                        on  advancing  mental   Children throughout Martin   well as longer-term case management services that help build
                                                        well-being,  improving   County are learning first-hand   life skills for a more self-sufficient future.
                                                        health equity, impacting   about growing nutritious food      The organization has service centers in Stuart, Hobe Sound,
                                                        food security, growing   thanks to the House of Hope   Indiantown, and Jensen Beach, with thrift stores in Stuart,
                                                        healthy communities,   Traveling Nutrition Education   Hobe Sound, and Indiantown. House of Hope’s Centers for
      Among other activities, volunteers shower off the horses to   and addressing systemic   Garden and gardens at community   Enrichment at Golden Gate in Stuart and in Jensen Beach offer
      keep them cool and clean.                         racism and resulting   organizations like the YMCA.  free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance
                                                        health disparities.                                life skills, earning potential, health, and overall well-being.
         Many people like horses but have no opportunity to be      “This grant comes at a time when House of Hope is preparing      House of Hope also operates the Growing Hope Farm in
      around them. The Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation   to expand to Okeechobee County. We’re opening a packing   Palm City and several nutrition gardens that provide sustainable
      (ERAF) in Palm City has many volunteer opportunities   house at our Growing Hope Production Farm to increase our   sources of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition
      available that will give you a chance to be around horses   ability to supply our pantries and partners with fresh fruits and   education and vocational opportunities to the community. For
      and help care for them. Equine experience is not required to   vegetables. Our grove of fruit trees is almost fully planted. And   more information, visit or call (772) 286-4673.
      participate but training is provided.             because we know that eating well leads to healthier people and   Updates and announcements can also be found on Facebook,
         There are a variety of ways to participate including stable   better economic status, we continue to teach people of all ages   Instagram, and Twitter.
      maintenance, horse care, social media, donor outreach and
      fundraising, administrative assistance, landscaping and
      grounds maintenance and community outreach such as visiting
      schools or making group presentations.
         When working barn and paddock chores, volunteers work                        Aligned
      specific shifts and tasks. The shifts are 8 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5                  with
      p.m. daily, seven days a week. Other volunteer opportunities,
      such as those listed above, have more flexible hours.
         Junior volunteers, ages 10 and up, are welcome. Junior   Home • Auto • Boat • RV • Life
      volunteers under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by   Flood • Business • Commercial
      a parent/guardian at all times.
         If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit
      the volunteer page on the website and submit the online
      interest form. A volunteer registration form will then be sent       Mary-Beth Zipsir
      to you for completion.                                               Agent in Charge
         Volunteer orientations are held the first Saturday of every
      month with a few exceptions. Upcoming dates are Sept.                O: (772) 233-4444
      10, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. Future dates can be found on
      the website. There is a $25 individual or $30 per household
      volunteer registration fee.                                            It's our policy that you know yours
         Founded  in  2000,  ERAF  is  a  501(c)(3)  nonprofit
      organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, retraining,
      and adoption of abused, neglected, abandoned, and slaughter-
      bound horses. You may contact ERAF at (772) 220-0150 or
      by email at
         ERAF is located at 6400 Martin Highway, Palm City.

      House Of Hope Receives Grant

      From Florida Blue Foundation

         House of Hope’s efforts to feed the hungry and empower
      residents to overcome hunger and hardship have received
      a huge boost from Florida Blue Foundation’s 2022 Food
      Security Grant Program.                                   Est. 1926
         House of Hope will receive a total of $328,613 over four                      The Heart of Hobe Sound
      years to support its four client choice pantries, the Growing
      Hope Production Farm operations that produce fresh fruits and
      vegetables, case management for individuals looking to better   ART CLASSES OFFERED                        WE are YOUR Community
      their future, and innovative nutrition education programs for   ON THE CHURCH CAMPUS                                     Church
      adults and children.                                  Church member Debra Monet is offering
         “We are honored at the confidence that Florida Blue   art classes on our church campus.                   All Visitors Welcome
      Foundation has shown in House of Hope with this generous
                                                            How to draw, paint in Watercolor and                  We Invite You to Worship with Us
                                                             Acrylic will be the main focus for the                  Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
                                                            lessons. The cost for each 3 hour class                    WE ARE ON FACEBOOK LIVE
                                                             is $20, a portion of which will be donated to          every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
                                                                 the Church Building Improvement Project.              Give us a call or visit our
                                                               For more class details, or to schedule a class,       website for more information.
                                                             contact Debra Monet at the Sunday coffee hour,
                                                            or call her at 772-240-2063. Everyone is welcome.             (772) 546-5043
                                                                           MONTHLY DINNERS
                                                               Monthly dinners to help offset some of the almost $350,000 in
                                                             renovation cost to our Church – Dinner will be held on the 2nd Friday
                                                                   of the month at 5:30 p.m.  Cost is $15 per person
                                                            OCTOBER 14 -  PORK BBQ      NOVEMBER 11 - CHICKEN
                                                            NOVEMBER 24 - TURKEY        DECEMBER 9 - POT ROAST
      Growing Hope Production Farm enables House of Hope to
      increase its ability to supply its pantries and partners with        11933 SE Juno Crescent • Hobe Sound, Florida 33455
      fresh fruits and vegetables.
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