On Friday 6th December we held our final event for the year at Mills Reef Restaurant supporting local charity Homes of Hope NZ. We heard from three very inspirational women who have opened their hearts and taken action to look after vulnerable children.
Hilary Price, the co- founder of Homes of Hope spoke first about the charity and its purpose to deliver the very best foster care services within a strong community. She shared how they work hard to prevent siblings from being separated and ensure stability of their care for as long as it is needed. Also that their overall goal restoring health and wholeness to each child so that they are able to take their place in society – confident, competent and fulfilled. They make sure the vulnerable children in their care are supported and flourish through the use of innovative approaches to care.
Melanie Sio, a Forever Home caregiver then talked about her involvement and experience in this charity. Melanie and her husband Chris have four children together. They became involved in Homes of Hope when their son became close friends with a rugby teammate that was in care with Homes of Hope. After lots of visits, and processes Melanie and Chris now foster for life both this young man and his elder brother, and love the fact they are now a family a 8! Melanie shared with us the support not only the amazing support her now sons have had through the Homes of Hope but also the support she and her family have received.
Following this Kim Davis and her two sons shared with us the impact and change that Homes of Hope has brought to their lives. Kim Davis become involved in the Homes of Hope when she met her now son as a pupil in her primary school classroom 10 years ago. Again she explained the lengthy process involved that took place before she was officially able to offer a permanent home for two sons. Both her sons then spoke about their experiences and the impact and change that Homes of Hope and being placed in a forever home with Kim and her husband has brought to their lives. It was a great testament to valuable work being done by Homes of Hope and the Forever Home caregivers and we all left with a much better understanding of this organisation.
For more information or to find out how you can help https://www.homesofhope.org.nz/
Photos courtesy of Laval Photo & Video