When The Haven, the venerable Boca Raton charity for neglected and abandoned boys, closed in January of 2013, all hope, it turns out, was not lost.

A new center—The Place of Hope at The Haven, modeled after the successful Villages of Hope in Palm Beach Gardens—barely missed a beat as it assumed the former organization’s grounds and campus, launching a capital campaign to accelerate the opening of five cottages (including an emergency shelter) that will serve as family-style foster homes for displaced, abused or at-risk children.

“Our goal is to preserve and advance the legacy of The Haven,” says Lisa McDulin, Place of Hope’s special projects manager. 

“The biggest difference with the Place of Hope is our unique family-style model of care. We have an actual set of house parents who we screen and interview—who live in the homes with the children. It gives the kids who reside in that home the stability that they so desperately need. "

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