Community comes together to renovate house at Children’s Hope Alliance


Pictured above: Renovation – Submitted Photo


Statesville, North Carolina: Children’s Hope Alliance (CHA) Friday will host a Public Tour and Ribbon-Cutting for the newly renovated Howard Home on the Barium Springs Campus. The celebratory event will take place at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The “Hope for Howard Home” renovation project began about a year ago when longtime volunteer Rachael Hicks visited the Howard Home, a group home on the CHA Barium Springs campus.

“This is a cause near and dear to my heart for what this organization stands for and what it does. But last year, the magnitude of how I wanted to help and be involved changed,” Hicks said.
Hicks and her husband went to the Howard Home to share a meal and celebrate the Christmas holiday with the children and staff. While they were in the home, Hicks said it was apparent the house needed an update.

Following last year’s visit, Hicks quickly mobilized support from the community, including fellow volunteer Molly Hart. Both Hicks and Hart reached out to corporations, craftsman, and individuals to help with the renovation. And the result was an updated home for the children at Howard Home.

“The outpouring of generosity and support from corporate partners, local tradesman and the community has been overwhelming,” Hart said. “As a result, these young girls will have a functional, safe and beautiful place to call home.”

CHA President and CEO acknowledges the hard work put into the project. “We are committed to serving North Carolina’s children and families. Our role is to provide hope, health, and healing for generations. Ensuring the safety of all children – preventing and treating trauma is a top priority,” Dominguez said. “And this project is a perfect example of how our volunteers and the community at large has a vital place in that effort.”

Hicks wholeheartedly agrees. “The amount of hands that have touched this project in some way, across several communities, is so overwhelmingly amazing and I am forever grateful, she said. “The kids, staff and the Barium Springs campus now have an updated home, full of love and support from hundreds of people.”

About Children’s Hope Alliance: Children’s Hope Alliance works in communities across the state to end the cycle of child abuse by fulfilling our mission to provide hope, health, and healing for generations through comprehensive services and programs that provide safe homes, heal their hurt, and encourage a healthy start. CHA’s foster care and adoption, residential, education, outpatient, and family programs touched over 2,000 children’s lives last year. Tours of the local campus are available. For more information, visit

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