in the beginning...
In his book "Refuge", Detective Sgt. Donald Stewart states that “an act of domestic violence occurs every 12 seconds in our country”. The current statistics though say it is every 9 seconds. In either case, it is obvious that domestic violence is an epidemic in our country and local communities. And this realization is what led Carol and Clyde Brandt to start Homes of Hope for VIDA.
In February, 2008, the Brandts met with seven friends and family members to share with them about a need they felt existed for a transitional housing ministry/service for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Even though they had no resources, and no idea how to go about doing something like this, they prayed, discussed and continued to meet.
They then began to share the need with others, and after several months, in June of 2008, the Constitution and Articles of Incorporation were written. They were then submitted to the State of California and were endorsed on July 14, 2008, and Homes of Hope for VIDA became a California approved non-profit corporation.
The application for the IRS to recognize Homes of Hope as a 501c3 non-profit were filed in November 2008, the determination letter was received January 2009, notifying us that our application was approved. Homes of Hope, and all contributions, were officially exempt from federal income tax.
Since then, Homes of Hope has been able to help many women and children fleeing domestic violence. However, we have not yet recognized the vision of hope Carol and Clyde originally had for their ministry and those fleeing domestic violence. We ask you to please consider helping us reach our goal of increasing our housing fund. This will enable us to put all the base structures in place to accomplish our vision and cement Homes of Hope for VIDA as a leading resource for families fleeing domestic violence in northern California.