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About Greater Hope Foundation

At Greater Hope Foundation, we exist to provide programs which fulfill the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of the abused, neglected, and troubled youth in Southern California. Together with members of our various communities, our tireless staff members connect kids – ages newborn to 21 years old – with loving families that can provide them with the support they need.

Since opening in 2002, our organization has evolved by leaps and bounds to serve the needs of all children - regardless of their circumstances:

❤ Neglect
❤ Abuse
❤ Abandonment
❤ Family Crisis
❤ Death Of A Parent
❤ Divorce
❤ Illness
❤ Violence
❤ Homelessness
❤ Parental Alcohol And Drug Abuse
❤ And More…

Our goal is, and has always been, to safeguard family stability, and be proactive in the protection and care of children who can no longer be a part of their biological family units.

Our Mission Statement:

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and families through culturally responsive integrated services.  

Our Vision Statement:

Greater Hope Foundation’s vision is simple, but essential to the care of children and their families:

❤  To help restore birth families where possible and to recruit new resource families through foster care and adoption
❤  To extend intervention stabilization services so that children can remain in their resource family homes until permanency is established
❤  To provide counseling services and treatment plans for children and families who are victims or perpetrators of abuse/neglect or who are at risk of such abuse/neglect
❤  To recruit and maintain diverse staff committed to serving all children and families within their communities
❤  To serve as collaborative partners with other agencies in the community.

How We Can Help:

Greater Hope Foundation strives to match foster children with homes and promote their well-being. Our Clinical Social Workers conduct weekly visits to these foster homes; providing both individual and group therapy within that home.

Greater Hope Foundation is available to help you with any questions and concerns you may have as a foster parent, and stay committed to fulfilling our purpose of providing care, regardless of race, religion, or national origin.

Greater Hope Foundation serves San Bernardino County and Riverside County from our convenient locations in downtown Barstow, Victorville and Banning, California. We are staffed by a team of professionals dedicated to providing quality services to children and their families in a nurturing environment with a program focused on family reunification.

However, we cannot do it alone! It takes the love and steadfastness of dedicated foster parents, staff members, and supporters like you. We encourage everyone to explore the variety of ways you can help us make a difference, and act on behalf of their conscious to benefit kids in need.

Our Executive Leadership:

Eva Ford, CEO

Ms. Ford is the CEO of Greater Hope Foundation and has worked with emotionally troubled youth for more than 40 years. She began her career as the CEO of Greater Hope Society, group residential program for adolescent boys.

In her years as CEO of Greater Hope Foundation, the agency has grown from a small one-woman operation to now serving more than 1000 children and family members in California. Under Ms. Ford’s leadership, Greater Hope Foundation now offers a full continuum of care that includes short and long-term residential treatment, 24-hour crisis intervention, foster family service and sexual abuse treatment.

Ms. Ford holds a degree in General Psychology from Los Angeles Harbor College and a degree from Child Development from Compton College.

Helena Smith-Lopez, Executive Director

Ms. Smith-Lopez is the Executive Director of Greater Hope Foundation. She began her career almost 20 years ago as a counselor in a group residential program for troubled teens.

As Executive Director for 10 years, she oversees the organization’s finance, budgeting, development, administration, legal and business affairs, policy and planning, and communications. Ms. Smith-Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in business finance from the University of Phoenix, and Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate School of Law.

For more information about our organization, or to speak to one of our staff members, please call Greater Hope Foundation at 760-256-0432.