We believe that all compassionate measures must be supported by the awareness of the truth. The progression of these values has led us to a final stance of advocacy and intervention on the issues of orphan prevention and family preservation. Like many willing and generous donors, our compassion led us to Haiti to lend a helping hand. What we found when we arrived—a first-hand knowledge of the real issues at stake—has caused us to rethink our model of distributing aid to the poor and what it means to help without hurting. This is why family preservation has become our core focus.
We believe that families are one of the God-ordained building blocks of a healthy society, and we are determined to work in such a way that we support it. It is our heart to empower the people of Haiti and distribute aid in a way that diminishes entitlement and dependence and increases freedom and dignity. We are committed to pursuing sustainable development because we recognize that the largest problem facing so many of Haiti’s families is an economic one. We would love to see the day that the families we work with don’t need our programs, and are able to feed, educate, and care for the health and wellbeing of their families independently.
John Keane founded HOPE Community project in 2010 after visiting Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake that left hundreds of thousands of children homeless. Having 8 children and 3 grandchildren of his own, John felt a special burden to use his business and personal resources to help strengthen families and communities in Haiti in order to prevent children from becoming “economic” orphans. John’s passion became helping the most vulnerable families stay together and encouraging extended families and communities to care for the children among them. John is committed, through HOPE, to helping to provide at-risk families with a viable alternative to institutionalizing their children.
Les has been the Executive Director of the Hope Community Project since the beginning of 2010. He provides organizational oversight in Haiti and in the States. Les has seen first hand the often devastating effects on children and their families when the children are separated and are housed in orphanages. He has dedicated his life work to helping families in Haiti not only survive, but to thrive as a family. He and his wife Helen have five children and seven grandchildren.
Luke and Julie
Luke is the Field Director for the Hope Community Project and Julie is the Medical Coordinator and oversees the medical clinic. Luke is the big picture guy. Julie is the every little detail gal. It works (usually!). Luke and Julie met at Kuyper College (then Reformed Bible College) in Michigan. They moved to St. Louis where Luke earned Master of Divinity and Master of Counseling degrees from Covenant Seminary. Luke had directed a non-profit ministry and worked as a counselor for the previous six years. Julie had worked for The Keane Insurance Group since moving to St. Louis in 2002 and with Hope Community Project since 2011. They have four kids, Micah (b. 2003), Chloe (b. 2005), Jude (b. 2007), and Moses (b. 2014). They moved to Haiti June 23, 2014.
Director of Hope Education
Volcy ( as he prefers to be called) was our first employee! He is married to Jamith. They have 4 children, Bailey, Sammy and twins xxx,xxxx. Volcy was orphaned at 14 and is passionate about kids! He has worked for many orgs and been involved with many orphanages and knows first hand the value of keeping kids in their families. Volcy has a huge heart (so many of you know and love him)! Volcy spends much of his time mentoring children in our kids program as well as making sure all the bills are paid, the kids are attending and passing school and the parents are involved and invested in their children’s education.
Caitlin is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has traveled on many mission teams to Mexico, serving in eyeglass clinics and at Door of Faith Orphanage. She came to Haiti for the first time in March 2016. Caitlin taught 3rd grade for two years in Missouri Public Schools and now comes to serve as the homeschool teacher for the Brouwer kids. She enjoys reading, baking and spending quality time with her friends. While she knows a lot of Spanish, she is looking forward to learning Creole.
Medical Information Coordinator
Lindsay is a wife to Ben and a mom to two young boys (and a couple fur babies!). She has spent her career in the Neonatal ICU, first as a nurse and now as a nurse practitioner. God led her to HOPE several years ago and the people of Haiti captured her heart. Although she has spent most of her professional life with babies, she is excited to combine her background in medicine with her love for the people in Haiti as the Medical Information Coordinator for HOPE. Lindsay compiles the health information for all volunteers who travel with HOPE and is available anytime to discuss questions or concerns about medical or vaccine issues related to travel to Haiti!