HOPE recently celebrated the completion of its new play area for the children who reside at the shelter. The area was excavated and replaced with poured-in-place child friendly rubber surfacing. The design includes a figure eight double lane trike track which is far more engaging to children who ride bikes, trikes, scooters or roller skates than a single expanse of concrete. There is also a hopscotch game, a triple toss ball game and a finger painting panel all of which encourage children to explore and create their own journey. The University Park Country Club Nine Hole LGA,The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Bradenton Rotary Foundation, Tri-Net of Lakewood Ranch, The Audrey K Galloway Charitable Fund & Mr. Robert Preston, Tampa Bay Rays Association (thru United Way of Manatee) and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 309 made the play area possible.
HOPE has been Manatee County’s domestic violence service provider since 1979 and each year serves an average of 2,000 local individuals affected by domestic violence. All of HOPE’s services are confidential and offered to those who need help at no charge.