Hands of Peace seeks host families who are willing to open their homes and their hearts to a visitor from the Middle East. Host families should also be willing to drive their visitor to and from the program activities (car pools can usually be arranged), provide breakfast and dinner most days, participate in the activities open to family members, and support their visitor as he/she experiences all that HOP has to offer. Many host families develop long-lasting, rewarding relationships with their HOP visitor that extend far beyond the short Summer Program!
Host families often have a family member participating in Hands of Peace, however we welcome families of all shapes and sizes! Some of our host families have had very young children, or older children who have already moved out. Some couples or singles without children have chosen to host two participants. Host family applicants must fill out an online application (click on the Applications menu on the Home page to select and submit yours), and have an interview with a Hands of Peace staff member or volunteer. They must also complete background checks and a home visit.
The Hands of Peace experience is an amazing awakening to the realities of the Middle Eastern participants.
Reg and Martha, host parents
We have been blessed to be part of HOP for so many years. It has been so rewarding to see the growth in all of the teens as well as the growth of the host families and many volunteers (ourselves included!).
Gail and Jim, host parents