National House of Hope

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Checked October 16, 2010
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National House of Hope is an organization running faith based behavior modification programs across the United States.

The organization was started by Sara Trollinger in 1985. The first department was founded in Orlando, Florida [1].

It is now located in several states across the United States.

The length of the residential programs are between 8 and 18 months.

Program Struture

Both outpatient and residential programs are offered. A training program with 9 levels is offered to people who want to francaise a new program.

Locations of residential programs

  • Orlando, Florida (Founded 1985, both genders) [2]
  • Crooksville, Ohio (Founded 2007, boys only) [3]
  • Marshall, Minnesota (Founded 2005, girls only) [4]
  • Hickory, North Carolina (Founded 2003, girls only) [5]
  • Leawood, Kansas (Founded 2006, girls only) [6]
  • Traverse City, Michigan (Founded 2003, both genders) [7]
  • Oregon City, Oregon (Founded 2007, girls only) [8]
  • Danville, Pennsylvania (Founded 2005, girls only) [9] (closed) [10]
  • Odessa, Florida (Founded 2007, boys only) [11]
  • Bluffton, Indiana (Founded 2007, boys only) [12]

Level system

There might be local differences in the residential programs but in general they use a level system consisting of seven phases:

Phase Description
On Grace This level consist of a trial period where the teenagers is expected to learn the rules in the program. The teenager is isolated from everyone in their past life including their parents. Violations of the rules may result in consequences. The level is lasting 2 weeks.
Orientering The rules have to be lived by and violations have consequences. Still no contact with the family or peers are allowed. This level last at least 5 weeks but some have observed 12 weeks.
Phase 1 Once the teenagers are broken by the program structure, the parents are invited for counseling and parenting classes. Both activities are scheduled on the same day so the families are allowed to remain together on campus between the activities. Some time this period to 20 minutes. A phone call of 5 minutes is also scheduled one time per week.
Phase 2 The visitation is expanded in phase 2. A 90 minutes visit off campus and Sundays off campus between 9 and 17 is allowed.
Phase 3 The teenagers can go home for the weekend.
Home phase During the home phase they live at home but return to campus for counseling
Graduation phase No description is given at this point

In order to advance in the level system the teenagers are expected to complete memorization of bible verses and do book reports.

The parents are mandated to participate in parenting classes.


They use the School of Tomorrow Curriculum also known as the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) workbook curriculum provided by School of Tomorrow [13]. School of Tomorrow requries that just one person in an entire school be "certified" to use the curriculum. This certification is NOT from any state agency. It is issued by School of Tomorrow. This enables schools to use the curriculum without having any certified teachers by the State.


August 2010 reports indicate the some of the workers at the Orlando department might not get paid for their services in the future due to the economy [14]

October 2010 the department in Danville, Pennsylvania closed temporarily due to lack of funds [10]

External Links

Info pages

Survivor groups

Message boards


  1. About the Founder, homepage of the main organization
  2. Orlando facility on Google maps
  3. Ohio facility on Google maps
  4. The Minnesota facility on Google maps
  5. North Carolina facility on Google maps
  6. Kansas facility on Google maps
  7. Michigan facility on Google maps
  8. Oregon facility on Google maps
  9. Pennsylvania facility on Google maps
  10. 10,0 10,1 House of Hope closes temporarily, by Thomas Leskin, NewsItem, October 26, 2010
  11. Odessa facility on Google maps
  12. Indiana facility on Google maps
  13. Accelerated Christian Education Us9.GIF
  14. Cindy Anthony's Attorneys to Speak Out, Statement Analysis blog, August 2010

    Thursday, employees of the House of Hope in Orlando, a well-established and well-known charity, found out some of them might not get paychecks.
    "It is so tough out there to raise funds. I was just talking to our staff; we don't have enough money to make our next payroll," House of Hope Founder Sara Trollinger said.
    Trollinger said, in today's economy, negative publicity has done some ministries in.
    "I understand about 50% have closed down, some from bad reports," she said.