Our History


The Hope Center for Children was formed from two strong organizations with a common theme of high quality services for children since the 1970s.

Since 1974, the Ellen Hines Smith Girls' Home has offered safety and around-the-clock care for girls between 11 and 19 years old. Four years later in 1978 the Children Shelter of the Upstate was born to provide emergency shelter for boys and girls of all ages. This around-the-clock care is provided when children are removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. Both organizations have offered safety, teaching and advocacy for our most vulnerable children.

In January 2013, these two historically strong organizations merged to form the Hope Center for Children, providing a true continuum of care to meet the needs of the children and families in our community. Though we provide many different services, our new name captures what is at the heart of each one of our programs - providing hope to children and families.

Today, our services include: home visitation and prevention focused case management when a child is able to live at home; an emergency shelter for when children are removed from their home due to abuse and neglect; longer term residential care for girls in foster care; and finally, if a child is adopted or re-unified with kin, our services are able to support this transition back to family life and better ensure that the child is able to thrive.

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