ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
LEADING EACH CHILD TO A PLACE WHERE HOPE IS BORN
Hope Village for Children was founded in June 2000 by actress Sela Ward, a Meridian native, with a vision to “lead each child to a place where hope is born.” Within our first five years, that vision became a reality.
Each child who comes to us has been removed from his or her primary caregiver’s custody by the Mississippi Department of Human Services due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The Hope Village campus consists of an emergency shelter for children ages birth to eighteen, three cottages licensed as long-term therapeutic residential facilities for children ages twelve to eighteen, two transitional homes, and a licensed therapeutic foster care program. Our emergency shelter has the capacity to provide care for up to twelve children each night, each residential cottage has the capacity to care for up to ten children each night, and the transitional homes have the capacity for eight young adults.
To provide a continuum of specialized treatment programs, services, and facilities of superior quality to meet the individual needs of neglected and abused children and their families.