Donation Roundup: Sanctuary Gardner and House of Peace & Education

  • By Jake May
  • Jan 19, 2022

Gardner General Manager Jayke Cooper with HOPE’s Director of Operations, Jessica McKinnon. 

Creating Sanctuary for Gardner Families

Since first opening its doors in Gardner in 2018, Sanctuary has made an annual holiday donation to the House of Peace and Education (HOPE). First opened in 1996 by members of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph, HOPE has been providing services to children and families in the same city where the Sisters have been active since the 1920s. Sanctuary is proud to contribute in our own small way each year to their larger cause of creating sanctuary for some of our community’s most vulnerable groups, particularly children and families in need. 

HOPE offers a variety of programs and services to the community, in particular the counseling and mentorship necessary for children and young adults facing a variety of academic, behavioral and social challenges to achieve their goals. These endeavors encompass after school programs, child and teen mentorship programs, summer camps and more, all designed to provide disadvantaged children with the assistance and allyship needed to succeed For women seeking to escape domestic violence, establish economic self-sufficiency, overcome personal/familial trauma or get back on their feet after job loss, HOPE’s comprehensive Job Readiness and Training Program aims to offer a path toward a better future, one where participants can provide for themselves and their families adequately and with dignity.

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