For the past 20 years, Place of Hope has provided a safe space for children, youth, and families in need, offering programs and services to end the cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness, and human trafficking. A mainstay in Palm Beach County, the organization has since expanded into Martin County and Treasure Coast communities and recently opened a location in Hobe Sound, housed inside the Harris L. Weinstein Outreach Center.
Founding CEO and board member Charles L. Bender III says the space will also serve the community through its social enterprise coffee shop, Peninsula Coffee, offering custom brews blended by Oceana Coffee in Tequesta. The café plans to partner with area businesses for provisions, including baked goods from Importico’s Bakery and other menu items by local favorites like Casa Del Vino and Deliteful Kitchen. “The coffee shop will bring in new people who will inherently learn about the mission of Place of Hope,” says Jamie Bond, director of advancement and development. “With the bonus of the C. Kenneth and Laura Baxter Foundation All Purpose Training Room and the Michael and Lety Atieh Gathering Patio, we have the ability to host private and corporate meetings and events, as well as offer many of the life skills development and enrichment classes we offer our own families and young adults.”