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, they 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.
Finally, 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 7, 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 got close to recognizing the vision and hope Carol and Clyde originally had for the ministry and those fleeing domestic violence. Will you please consider helping us slay the giant this year and reach our goal of raising $500K? This will enable us to put all the base structures and resources in place to accomplish the vision Carol and Clyde Brandt, and cement Homes of Hope for VIDA as a leading resource for women and children fleeing domestic violence in northern California.