About Us

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Hope House exists to provide a home for children between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) (and then those youth who turn eighteen prior to or during their senior year in High School) who are emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled, and/or come from disrupted adoptions or dysfunctional families.

Hope House serves children from all areas of the United States, although the vast majority, come from the western United States. Children from other countries may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Hope House provides a home for those young people who may have “fallen through the cracks” of other governmental and/or private agencies.

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Our mission at Hope House is to provide a home-like, family atmosphere where, through love, structured activities, appropriate discipline, educational and vocational opportunities, and people who will listen, young people can reach their fullest potential.

Hope House will strive to ensure that the emotional and social needs of all children and youths are met. To this end, Hope House contracts with appropriate Psychiatric, Psychological, Social Work, and Counseling professionals for all children and youths needing these services. Hope House also provides activities and outings designed to provide for the development of appropriate social skills.

Hope House cafeteria
Hope House cafeteria

Hope House will strive to ensure that the physical needs of all children and youth are met. To this end, Hope House contracts with many local physicians, dentists, optometrists, and other professionals to provide for health care, medication management, and other medical needs. Hope House also employs cooks who provide healthy, nutritionally balanced meals.

Hope House will strive to meet the spiritual needs of all children and youth. Hope House is a non-denominational Christian organization. Its staff strives to live the principals of love and brotherhood found in scripture. Hope House will not force any child or youth to make religious commitments; however, we will encourage them, and aid them, if requested, to find peace and forgiveness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Hope House attends worship services regularly at the Chapel of Hope and occasionally visits other congregations. Hope House also offers a chaplaincy service available to all children, youth and staff to provide religious instruction, counsel, and nurture.

Our goal is to return young people to their families, where appropriate, and to the world at large, who are able to interact appropriately with their peers and those in authority, provide for their own economic needs, and to be successful in the pursuit of their personal goals and ambitions.

Our Board

Jim Smith
President of the Board
PO Box 33
Carmen, ID 83462
(208) 756-4590

Chris Poindexter
2900 Rebecca Way
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 861-8019


Donnalee Velvick
7696 Old Bruneau Hwy.
PO Box 550
Marsing, ID 83639
(208) 896-4673 – office
(208) 890-5000 – cell

Keith W. Croft
Asst. Administrator, Chaplain
7696 Old Bruneau Hwy., Bldg. L
PO Box 311
Marsing, ID 83639
(208) 896-5366 – home
(208) 880-2767 – cell

Mary Kent, MAMFT
Service Worker
7696 Old Bruneau Hwy.
PO Box 550
(208) 896-4673 – office