House of Hope named highest rated four-star charity on Treasure Coast

STUART -With new milestones being reached almost monthly this past year at House of Hope, staff and volunteers are now celebrating the agency’s most significant rating from Charity Navigator- a coveted four star score of 98.23 percent. By measuring House of Hope’s transparency, efficiency, financial stability and integrity, America's largest and most-utilized charity evaluator has deemed House of Hope to be the highest ranked organization on the Treasure Coast. While the agency has maintained a four-star status consistently since 2014, the latest score has tied House of Hope for eighth place in the state of Florida and granted the 11th best numerical ranking in the nation among Human Services organizations with a Social Service focus.

"We are proud of the fact that our supporters can trust House of Hope to be responsible stewards of every dollar and donation as we strive to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship, ” House of Hope chairman of the board, Stephen Schramm, said. "We continuously strive to enhance our agency’s impact and Charity Navigator’s independent scrutiny has once again led to earning another four-star rating and stellar score."

The rating process for Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, has become increasingly more rigorous since its four-star program began in 2002. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics to its ratings methodology, focusing on governance, ethical practices and measures of openness. These accountability and transparency metrics account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of charities bearing the four star distinction.

“House of Hope’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds House of Hope to a pre-eminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support House of Hope.”

ABOUT HOUSE OF HOPE

Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of about 6,000 people per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management which helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. House of Hope recently opened the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offering the community free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.

For more information about House of Hope, visit www.hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673.

ABOUT CHARITY NAVIGATOR

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

Tara Jacobs
Communications & Marketing Specialist, House of Hope
(772) 286-4673 x 1013 || (772) 260-5814 || Tara@hohmartin.org || hohmartin.org || 2484 SE Bonita St. Stuart, FL 34997






Front row left to right: Pat Bartlett, Donna Vestal, Amy Dematthews, Deidra Kinnaman, Claire Boyce, Tasha Morales, Jamie Eaker, Kathy Carmody, Angie Francisco.  Back Row left to right: Candy Castrillo, Marleny Trochez, Meghan Faulkner, Chelsea Paine, Kathy Haller, Paul Grady, Cristina Vaughn, Crystal Lamerce, Rebecca Brockert, Yolanda Owens. Photo by Tara Jacobs

 

Students at the Banner Lake Club learn about gardening and healthy eating choices in their nutrition garden operated by House of Hope. Photo by By Laura Lyman

 

House of Hope volunteer, Julie Thyrring, stocks the shelves of the Stuart Client Choice pantry. Photo by Tara Jacobs

Volunteers Don Martin and Anna D'Amato sorting food donated from various food drives conducted for fellow Martin County residents. Photo by Tara Jacobs

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