Progress Report on The Haven Renovations

October 06, 2021

Progress Report on The Haven Renovations

Hope Rising has made significant progress on renovations at The Haven, the future home of our stabilization and assessment center for girls who have endured the trauma of exploitation through commercial sex trafficking. 

The renovations made to date were all funded through contributions from generous community members and donations of time and talent from many, many professionals.  

  • The individual bedrooms for the youth have been fully renovated and repainted in soft, soothing colors. 
  • New windows have been installed in all the rooms. 
  • A boutique has been set up and fully outfitted in preparation for the youths’ needs. 
  • The roofs on the main building and cottage have been replaced. 
  • The courtyard area has been prepared for fresh landscaping work that will ramp up now the roof work is completed. 
  • The kitchen and bathrooms have been prepared for remodeling. 
  • A new floor plan has been drawn up to include program elements related to the intake areas and bathroom lay out. 
  • A civil engineer is at work resolving drainage issues. 
  • A fire suppression system has been installed on the interior of the main building. 
  • We are in discussion with Entergy about bringing in a dedicated power line for the fire system’s pump. 
  • An Eagle Scout designed and built a fire pit in the backyard for use by the youth during supervised social periods 
  • A member of the Montgomery County community has been named to the Hope Rising Board and is capably serving as Facilities Chair overseeing projects at The Haven 

While these physical changes transform the premises, we are also bringing into existence program elements in partnership with our network of community agencies and governing authorities with whom we will share accountability for future youth in our care. 

Our next fundraising project is to secure the $170,000 needed to power and set up the external components of the building's fire suppression system.  

We believe that your prayers, your commitment, and your belief that hope and healing can be found even the most damaged souls have brought us to this point in our project. 

We ask that you continue to keep the faith as we achieve the momentum that will allow us to bring The Haven to life.