HOUSE OF HOPE STORY
Our mission at House of Hope Kansas City is to provide a comprehensive residential treatment program for hurting teens, with the ultimate goal of family unit restoration. Through our program, teens will experience the transforming power of love through non-denominational Christian counseling and education. Hurting teens will learn the tools to overcome negative influences and become functioning and contributing members of society.
HOUSE OF HOPE HISTORY
House of Hope Kansas City is a non-profit affiliate of National House of Hope, which is based out of Orlando, Florida. The first House of Hope was founded in 1985 by Sara Trollinger, a former schoolteacher who was led to establish a faith-based ministry in Florida. In 2001, Sara founded National House of Hope; this amazing ministry became the catalyst for developing House of Hope locations across America. House of Hope is a residential program where struggling teenage girls, ages 13 through 17, can heal from past traumas and hurts, learn to respect and obey authority, accept responsibility, and build healthy relationships with peers and adults. Through the five phase program, thousands of teens and their families have been able to experience healing and restoration within a Christ-centered environment. To date, House of Hope has seven residential locations and eight non-residential, outpatient counseling locations in the United States.
Marilyn Thomas founded House of Hope Kansas City in 2003. As a young girl, God planted a seed in Marilyn’s heart- a lifelong desire to help hurting children. She always had a dream of starting an orphanage. After graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Marilyn worked as a staff nurse at the University of Colorado Medical Center. While in the pediatrics and neonatal intensive care units, she did research for the first kidney transplant in children. She also worked as a public health nurse and medical surgical nursing instructor at the Research Hospital School of Nursing in Kansas City. Thomas credits her nursing education for much of the success at House of Hope. She said, “I don’t know if I would have been able to found and open this place without my nursing background…It was God’s plan as I look back on life, and He used me as a vehicle to accomplish it in Kansas City.”
After receiving tax-exempt status in 2005, House of Hope began offering outpatient counseling to the Kansas City community. The first teenage girl
In recent years, Marilyn has retired, but remains an active and integral part of the organization. She has entrusted the ministry to two amazing people- the executive director, Bryon Applegate, and the program director, Laura Mueller. Through their leadership and dedication, House of Hope continues to serve the Kansas City community “by restoring teenagers back to their families and parents back to their children” House of Hope Kansas City has reached more than 300 parents and teenagers, helping many girls return home happier, healthier, and transformed through the love of Christ. Marilyn reported that many of the girls come in hating themselves, as well as their parents. She commented, “It’s a joy when you see a life changed and the disrespect and rebellion against the family disappear…When you see their life turn around and they start to walk with the Lord, they are literally changed and know they have a purpose in the future.”
National house of hope
To learn more about our history visit https://www.nationalhouseofhope.org/