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Volunteers honored for over 42,000 hours of dedicated service

Each spring, House of Hope volunteers and staff from across the nonprofit’s six Martin County locations gather for the agency’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. The April 4 event was well attended by over 130 guests who were treated to an impressive breakfast at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart.

All volunteers were honored for their dedicated efforts with personalized certificates of recognition displaying impact statistics highlighting over 6,000 people helped, 754,828 pounds of nutritious food distributed and a whopping 76,341 pieces of clothing, furniture, appliances and housewares provided to local residents in need. Throughout 2017, House of Hope volunteers devoted 42,898 hours of service across House of Hope's service centers in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

House of Hope recognized special milestones of service including Diana Hachmuth and Shirley Acheson, 34 and 31 years respectively; Samantha Speier, more than 3000 hours served; Casey Carter, Joanne Dougherty, and Lesley Ludlam for over 2000 hours served.

House of Hope relies on the energies of volunteers to operate its four Martin County Client Choice food pantries, four thrift stores, Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, six nutrition gardens, production farm as well as assisting with special events and office tasks. Many volunteers are currently training for enhanced roles as job coaches and homework helpers for the agency’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment.

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri offers, “every volunteer’s efforts, talents, and passion for helping others creates an impact for this community. These remarkable people show up with a smile ready to change their world and they inspire others to do the same. House of Hope would not be able to reach the thousands of people we do each month without these dedicated volunteers. No effort is too small.”

With so many exciting new programs and services being offered, House of Hope always needs more volunteers. For more information, visit or contact Lauren Mustelier, (772) 286-4673, ext. 1004,

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