We can not wait until our Restoring Hope Gala because we have an amazing lineup of speakers. Click the photos below to read about each of our special guests. Get your tickets at restoringhopegala.com so you can join in on the fun!
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A Restoration Home is Coming To Shelby County!
The Next Phase: Building A Home
With the purchase of 73 acres we are now positioned to move forward with plans to build a one-of-a-kind minor Restoration Home.
Given that there are fewer than 700 beds nationwide, and fewer than 25 beds proposed for Alabama in the next 2 years, we are stepping up to serve 9 child survivors in our Home, with the ability to expand that number with the construction of additional Therapeutic Foster Care Cottages.
Once this home is built, every child that steps through our door will receive the same care, regardless of background:
As a child begins to be restored, they will be moved into ongoing Therapeutic Foster Care, with access to Transitional Living Services, while always being able to take advantage of Blanket Fort Hope’s resources.
Construction is set to begin 2023 and is projected to cost around $1.2 million to fund the facility and first year staffing. Restoration costs for each child is estimated to be around $4,000 per month. Blanket Fort Hope is prayerfully entering into a season of fundraising, trusting that God and our community will compassionately respond to this urgent need.
“Children are the most common victims of human trafficking. Crisis centers are needed to provide hands-on, face to face help to those who are the most vulnerable in our state. This underserved group of victims desperately needs this help in Alabama.”— Cam Ward (R), Alabama State Senator.
A Mission Moving Forward
Now is the time for our Champions to be extra diligent. While we are incredibly grateful for God and his providence for bringing us here, we realize that there is so much more we have to do.
- Construct The Home
- Secure Licensing To Receive Traumatized Children
- Write The State Request For Proposal (RFP)
- Raise $1.5 million For 1st Year Staffing And Construction. [link to spontaneous giving]
- Raise and secure restoration funding for each child ($4,000 per child, per month!)
- Grow Our Champions Circle Monthly Givers Program
- Build Advocacy Resources
- Equip Communities To Compassionately Respond to Survivors
We have spent the last 5 years building key relationships in the non-profit, private, and public sectors. With support of partners like The Church at Brook Hills, Grace Klein Communities, Shelby County DHR, Big Oak Ranch, Southeastern Construction, Mills Pharmacy, and Shelby Pediatric Dentistry, and so many more, we have guaranteed that our mission is sustained through sound wisdom, keen insight, and heartfelt compassion for children.
But we also need supporters like you. Individuals who God is calling to help move us forward.
We will see this home built and every child restored!
Praying for a Restoration Center
Praying Over the Mission
Starting this month, we will be holding a regular on-site dedication event. This is an opportunity to come out, see our property, pray with us, and help lay a foundation for our mission that is built on Christ, symbolized by a personalized prayer rock. Please feel free to invite champions in your circle that may be interested in our cause. This is a great opportunity to engage others and grow our outreach!
Date: April 30th, 2021
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: 24809 AL-25, Columbiana, AL 35051
Details: Drinks and light snacks will be provided. If you would like to bring your own rock, be sure it is large and flat enough to write on, but small enough to easily carry.
The land is next to Cornerstone Christian School, right next to the two youth baseball fields. Parking is free, but we will be sharing the space with the school so be courteous!
What is a prayer rock?
We believe that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of all the church, and we want to make sure our king stays at the front of our mission. To help us remember this, we will provide every attendee with a rock and a sharpie so they may write a verse from scripture.
What will be done with the rocks?
Once we begin construction on the restoration center, we will integrate these rocks into the center itself. In this way, we will be able to remember where we came from and that we serve a great and mighty God.
Can I do anything to help with the event?
Yes, of course! These will be monthly gatherings. We encourage you to invite people who may have never heard of our mission to come out, experience who we are, and see what our future on this beautiful property looks like.
We need our champions to share our cause. One of the greatest things you can do is share our cause and our vision. Invite them to this event! Invite them to give generously! Invite them to champion with us for the 5,700 child sex trafficking survivors in Alabama every year!
Our Staff is Growing
After a tremendous year of financial growth in 2020, we realized that the time was right to grow our organization. We are so happy to announce our first full-time hire, Justin Adderholt. Justin will be filling our organization’s long-standing need for a Development Director. He brings 10 years of experience in marketing and advertising and an invaluable voice of consistency to Blanket Fort Hope. In this new role, he will be responsible for building relationships with donors, influencers, and vendors that will help build the presence and scope of our organization in Alabama.
In the beginning of last year, Justin came across our mission through our partnership with The Church at Brook Hills. He was so moved by our presentation, that he reached out immediately to set a meeting with Alexa. Within the next month, they had begun work on updating the brand and making plans for the new website. Since serving in a volunteer capacity for the last year, he has breathed life and consistency into our brand presence while also overseeing the launch of our brand-new website, integrating our brand standards, event promotion, and building relationships through volunteer coordination.
We are excited and confident in his abilities to help Blanket Fort Hope reach its next goal of building the restorative therapeutic center for child survivors. Please welcome Justin to our team!
Be sure to follow him on social media!
[UPDATE] An offer is accepted on land in Shelby Co, Alabama!
Our land offer has been accepted! We are officially raising funds to build our restorative therapeutic center for child survivors! Donate today to help Build the Fort.
Not a full month into 2021 and God is already doing great work! We are excited to announce we have made an offer on a beautiful 73 acre piece of property in Shelby County, Alabama! Partially developed with existing baseball fields that will continue to be leased to a nearby Christian school, and the rest ripe for development, we know this is the land God is calling us to!
We are praising God for this special opportunity to develop and build Alabama’s first home to provide dedicated therapeutic assistance to child victims of trafficking. “Fort Hope Ranch” will serve these precious children by providing them with stability, love, therapy, education, freedom, while exposing them to the Gospel truths of Jesus Christ.
We pray you will join us in celebrating this tremendous win for Blanket Fort Hope!
For partnerships and sponsorship opportunities, please contact email@example.com.
If you would like to make a contribution to our Investing In Hope capital campaign to help build Alabama’s first crisis and therapeutic center for child victims of human trafficking, please consider a one-time or recurring donation directly to our housing fund.