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Spring newsletter

There is always so much going on at Homes of Hope with a lot of exciting developments in the pipeline which we hope to share with you soon. We are currently full to capacity and have had to turn down over 30 placement requests over the last couple of months. We are committed to reaching as many vulnerable children as possible and are exploring ways in which we can grow our service to better meet the needs in our community. In order to do so we are reliant on the support of organizations, individuals and businesses in the community and want to take this opportunity to thank you so much for your ongoing interest and support for our work.
As Helen Keller said “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”
Blessings,
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Hilary Price – CEO

An update from our Practice Manager

We have had a very busy 3 months with the arrival of new children and the departure of two precious little boys(brothers) who have been in our care for a significant period of time and are now with one of our fabulous caregivers in a Home for Life (Forever) placement. We wish them all the best on their new journey.

All of the children have returned to school this week after having a wonderful school holiday break. During the holidays they had a full-on holiday programme which included a trip to Taupo where they had an awesome Marae experience as well as visiting the snow at Ruapehu. This was a highlight for our children as most of them have never seen snow before! We are so thankful to the many businesses who sponsored us to make this programme possible.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our satellite home carers, Natalia and Jon, on the arrival of their son. Such a precious and wonderful occasion!

Everyday is a busy day at Homes of Hope and we are blessed with an awesome team of caregivers, admin staff and volunteers who continue to dedicate their time, passion, love, care and support for all of our children. Without them all we could not do this as well as we do.

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Zita Te Ahuru – Practice Manager

Urgent appeal to help more children

I am sure you have all heard by now that we have a very high demand for our services and our homes are completely full. We’ve also had to turn away over 30 children, because we just don’t have the funds to help. Although the Trust does get some government funding, we still have to find over half of all the funds we need. As a result we are launching an urgent appeal to raise an extra $100,000. This is going to take a substantial effort, but I’m confident that with your help we can do this – in fact, failure is not an option as we must help these children in their time of need. We don’t want to have to turn any children away from our homes.

So how are we going to do it? By breaking the amount down into manageable chunks. Our first initiative is to ask people to become Friends by making a regular monthly gift – just 280 Friends will get us to our goal! We understand that making a regular gift is not for everyone, so maybe you can run a fundraiser for us – just 100 fundraisers with a target of $1,000 will get us to our goal! We would also like to hold a fundraising event and we are forming a fundraising committee to help with this – please get in touch if you can spare a few hours a month to help. You can also make a one-off donation to our appeal online.”

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One Love Concert

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We are so excited to have had a visit from Pato Managing Director of One Love Festival to give us the great news that ‘One Love’ is again giving back to the community and we are the lucky recipients! Every ticket sold to the festival this year will donate $1 to Homes Of Hope Charitable Trust. Last year we received a whopping $15 000 and are so grateful to be selected again. We are in dire need of a new vehicle for one of our homes to transport our pre-schoolers to appointments, kindy, family access visits and other events. Pato’s generosity will go a long way to reaching our fundraising goal to this end. Thank you so very much!  Pato and his team are also planning an event for Christmas which we are really looking forward to.

Christmas Cards

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This year for the first time, our children have created beautiful fingerprinted Christmas Cards and we think you’ll love the Kiwiana theme. Please support us by purchasing a pack of 5 for $10. To place an order, please phone Robyn at 578 9826

Team Building

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Thank you so much to Claire Dunsmuir of ThinkPlus for generously sponsoring an awesome day of team building activities.It was such a great opportunity to get to know each other better and to realise that ‘birds of a feather don’t necessarily flock together!’ We do however celebrate the diversity of all who choose to nest in our tree?. What a great team!

Homes of Hope and BOP Steamers are a winning Team

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Homes of Hope appreciate being selected by Farmers Autovillage as their preferred charity for their sponsored BOP Steamers game on Friday in Rotorua.We were the grateful recipients of 50 tickets, a game day rugby shirt and $1000. Our ‘big’ boys loved meeting their heroes.

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Do you follow us on Facebook? We have regular updates and keep you informed of what our children are getting up to. Please go to https://www.facebook.com/HomesofHopeNZ/

 

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