Hope Rising is a 501(c)(3) religious not-for-profit organization. Its vision is to transform the lives of minor survivors of sex trafficking into ones filled with love, trust, and productive meaning.
Our mission is to provide emergency and long-term wrap-around therapeutic care to the female, domestic, minor survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation with the close collaboration and support of the community.
Hope Rising’s primarily Christian purpose and character are central to the execution of its full vision and mission and we operate from these core values:
Hope Rising is governed by a Board of Directors located in the State of Texas.
Board Chairman Tim Webb serves as the pastor of Champion Fellowship Church in Brenham. Tim is a native Kentuckian who moved to Texas in the mid-1980s. He served as a house parent and as an administrator in Child Care Ministry with “at-risk” teens and their families. He moved to Brenham, Texas in 1998 where he began serving as the Administrator at Miracle Farm for Boys. He has a BBS in Communications from Hardin-Simmons University, and a Master’s of Marriage and Family Counseling degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth.
He is the founding pastor of Champion Fellowship. His responsibilities include preaching, individual, marriage and family counseling, visitation, and outreach. He also serves as an elder. Tim has a genuine and abiding love for the Lord and His people and brings visionary leadership to Hope Rising.
Vice-Chair Jennifer Hohman is a wife, mom, and native Houstonian who is the Chief Information Officer of a large offshore drilling company. She had been known to organize community events and charitable functions until one day when sex trafficking got too close to home. In her words, “It woke me the hell up to one of the most complex epidemics my city has ever seen!”. To quickly get up to speed she and a survivor’s parent started collaborating with 30+ anti-sex trafficking nonprofit leaders in the Houston area to understand the services, gaps, and areas that needed strengthening, thus was formed, the Houston Area Against Trafficking Initiative (HAAT) which meets under her leadership monthly.
She is now trying to wake a sleeping giant, her community, and is a community leader and advocate for victims and survivors determined to create massive awareness regarding prevention, intervention, and recovery via community uprising and corporate involvement. To do so, a group of the top 20% of influential Houston leaders are coming together to get behind this movement, they are The Houston 20!
In order to engage the corporate community, Jennifer and other business colleagues created the Oil and Gas Trafficking Advocacy (OGTAG) group to collaborate on ideas and initiatives to mobilize the energy industry to join the fight against sex trafficking.
Ms. Hohman also serves as Board Chair of Elijah Rising and a Board member of #FightForUs.
Al Bachman, Board Secretary, is a Lay Pastor at the Cowboy Church in Brenham and volunteers many hours for local service organizations. Al retired after a successful career in business, including owning and operating a dairy products distribution company.
He worked several years as director of project managers and consultants serving small businesses and held various human resource management positions in manufacturing.