House of Hope Honors Its 2023 Community Partners

Posted on September 20, 2023

STUART, Fla. – House of Hope community partners add an extra serving of love and hope to House of Hope programs and services, empowering friends and neighbors in need throughout Martin County. They expect no recognition for their efforts.

Once a year, however, House of Hope celebrates the agencies, businesses, individuals, faith-based organizations and neighborhoods that perform extraordinary work hand-in-hand with the nonprofit organization.

This year’s celebration, Hope Awards Breakfast 2023, attracted 100 guests to Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club to honor the people and organizations that show dedication to House of Hope’s mission year after year.

A highlight at the Hope Awards Breakfast each year is the announcement of the recipient of the Barbara Trimble Legacy Award, established in 2015 in honor of one of the area’s most treasured philanthropists and ardent friend of House of House. This year’s awardee is Deborah Lovequist.

Deborah is a Board member of House of Hope and, in the words of House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri, “If you could make a Board member from a mold, Debbie Lovequist would be the template!” She is devoted to the people served by House of Hope, offering an unlimited sharing of her time, talent and treasure. Her heartfelt advocacy brings both volunteers and donors to the organization that she loves, multiplying her generosity.

In addition to Deborah Lovequist, House of Hope honored the following community partners:

Brigite Babine, Charles Sherman Movers, Daughters of the American Revolution - Halpatiokee Chapter, Davies + Co., Expert Shutters, Golden Gate Tire & Service, Hobe Sound Community Presbyterian Church, Jan Foselli and City of Stuart – Human Resources Department, Martin County School District Career Experiences Program, Michele Trout, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1690, Pat Bartlett, The Pine School, R.V. Johnson Insurance, Sailfish District & Gulfstream Council of Boy Scouts of America, Selective Land Clearing, LLC, Smith Mortgage Team powered by Academy Mortgage, and Sons of Norway - Gulfstream Lodge.

“All of our community partners, both the ones we’ve honored this year and all of those who help us year after year, are heroes to us,” Ranieri said. “They never ask for praise or even a simple thank you, but we insist on telling them that we’re immensely grateful.”

Stephen and Colleen Schramm and HBKS Wealth Advisors were the event’s Diamond Sponsor, showing once again the generosity of the community in helping friends and neighbors in need.

About House of Hope

Founded in 1984, House of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship. House of Hope touches the lives of more than 7,000 people directly each month, helping with basic needs such as food, clothing, furniture, and financial assistance, as well as longer-term case management services that help build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. Over 6,000 additional residents are served through House of Hope’s food partners, bringing the total served to over 13,000 people each month. The organization has service centers in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach, and Thrift Shops in South Stuart, Hobe Sound and Indiantown. House of Hope’s Enrichment Centers in Stuart, Jensen Beach and Indiantown offer free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health, and overall well-being. House of Hope also operates the Growing Hope Farm in Palm City and several nutrition gardens that provide sustainable sources of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the community. For more information, visit or call 772-286-4673. Updates and announcements can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter