House of Hope Reinforces Services in Response to Pandemic

The organization will partner with Bank of America to expand food and financial assistance programs across Martin County. 

Volunteers preparing meals in the Nutrition Center. Courtesy of House of Hope.

With local needs increasing during the pandemic, the Martin County community has stepped up to help House of Hope continue providing critical services to residents facing hunger and hardship. Bank of America is the latest partner to support this effort, contributing $30,000 to House of Hope initiatives serving those most heavily impacted by the coronavirus.

Amid the coronavirus, the nonprofit has experienced a 30 percent increase in demand for its food assistance services and hundreds of additional requests for its financial aid programs.

“House of Hope has partnered with Bank of America because it understands our mission and is actively engaged helping us achieve the goals we set for this community,” said Rob Ranieri, CEO of House of Hope. “The coronavirus pandemic brought challenges Martin County had never seen before, and the support we’ve received from organizations like Bank of America is helping us rise to the occasion.”

Bank of America’s contribution will help House of Hope provide resources to its case managers to continue processing financial assistance requests, sustain its farm’s ability to provide clients with quality produce, and assist its nutrition center with meal production and packaging.

“House of Hope is the largest provider of safety net services in Martin County, supporting over 7,000 people through a range of services from food assistance to mortgage support each month,” said Doug Sherman, Treasure Coast market president for Bank of America. “We have partnered with this crucial organization to ensure it is able to support those who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.”

For residents seeking to either give or get help, House of Hope has been updating its website, social media channels, and newsletters to keep the community informed. With service centers in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach, those in need are encouraged to bring their photo ID and proof of residency in Martin County in order to receive emergency food service.

With a focus on improving lives and strengthening communities, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently announced $100 million to support communities around the world during this time of need. As part of this effort, the bank is working with local nonprofits that are going above and beyond to provide assistance to those in urgent need amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

For those seeking financial assistance, residents should call (772) 286-4673.

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