Date Night on the Treasure Coast

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    Susannah Bowman
    Susannah Bowman
    Susannah Bowman is a Florida native who loves all things writing. She is currently majoring in Writing and Rhetoric at The University of Central Florida where she is currently an editor for the student-run publication, Imprint. She will graduate in May 2019 and hopes to work in editing. Susannah loves her home church in Indialantic, Florida, where she attends regularly and leads worship. She loves God, her family, her boyfriend, her dogs, and her record player.

    The Bible says in Proverbs 31:8-9 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Thanks to a date night event held by Place of Hope and Banyan 320 on the Treasure Coast there is an easy way that you can help the needy coming up.

    According to their purpose, Place of Hope is “a unique, faith-based, state-licensed children’s organization providing family-style foster care (emergency and long-term); family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking; transitional housing and support services for youth aging out of foster care; housing and support services for homeless families; foster care recruitment and support; hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect throughout our region.” They were established in 1998, birthed out of Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach County. Now they run everything from foster care to trafficking services all on their own. They care for children every age between newborn to 24 years old. In 2015, they got the opportunity to open a branch on the Treasure Coast and have been here serving the needs of children ever since.

    On the Treasure Coast their main purpose is to go from church to church training loving, Christian families to be foster families. They also spend a good amount of their time raising awareness for child trafficking. Did you know that 80% of children, foster and community children alike, are trafficked or exploited in some way? Place of Hope raises awareness about trafficking, teaches everyone from doctors and nurses to children the signs that someone is being trafficked or abused, and helps those that have been trafficked.

    I had the opportunity to talk with Jamie Bond, she is the Business Development and Community Relations for Place of Hope. She had this to say about your ability to enact change in a child’s life: “Sixty-two children each month on average are removed from their home at the hand of abuse, neglect, and trafficking…[by partnering with Place of Hope] you can restore hope in the life of a child.”

    So what can you do? God calls us to help the needy, and with Place of Hope there are many ways you can do that. One of those ways is to attend the Banyan 320 Date Night. Banyan 320 Kitchen & Bar is an up-and-coming farm-to-table restaurant located in downtown Stuart. On November 1st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. they will be partnering with Place of Hope to host a date night out. There will food, wine, good company, and a presentation by Place of Hope on how you can get involved with their wonderful organization. Seats are limited to only 40 people, so you’ll want to get your tickets immediately! Not only can you hear about Place of Hope, but 50% of the proceeds from the date night go to Place of Hope. Sign up for this wonderful event here and you can impact the lives of the needy!

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