Hands of Hope Foundation Incorporation is a registered charity and tax deductible gift recipient that was established by a group of people with Christian values and principles, who have a passion for helping survivors of family and domestic violence in our community.
The Foundation seeks to practically help survivors of family and domestic violence, by providing crisis support and emergency relief services. The Foundation also seeks to provide pathways to independence and empowerment for these women and children, through targeted life skills courses and programs.
“Once you choose hope, anything is possible” – Christopher Reeve
Meet the Foundations Founders
Hands of Hope Foundation was established in October 2019 by Deb and Gary Martin. “We established the Foundation because we have always had a heart for social justice, and a heart for those in our community who are on ‘the margins’. We have a particular passion to help those who are vulnerable and often forgotten. Ultimately, we have a passion to ‘love others’, and to ‘put others first’.”
The desire to ‘do something’ in the social justice space had been growing in our hearts and minds for several years prior to establishing the Foundation. The final trigger came when we were watching the TV series in 2019 called ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’. In that series, there was the story of a mother with three young children who through circumstances outside of their control had become homeless. This story particularly resonated with us. And this ultimately determined our decision to move forward with establishing Hands of Hope.
Overall, Hands of Hope is driven by our passion for seeing people’s lives transformed, and for seeing family connections strengthened. It’s also driven by the call on our lives, which we think is expressed well by the quote from Desmond Tutu: ‘Hope is a gift to be shared‘.’