Host Family Application 2017

Thank you for your interest in being a Hands of Peace host family! Applications for the 2017 Summer Programs in the suburbs of Chicago and San Diego are now open. The Summer Program session will be July 12 - 31, 2017.

Whether hosting an Israeli, Palestinian, or American participant, hosting allows families to be immersed in the Hands of Peace (HOP) experience. It is a substantial commitment, but the experience is well worth it, as you take part in a community dedicated to making peace possible.

Host families must be willing to drive their visitor to and from the program activities (car pools can 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.  Host families develop long-lasting, rewarding relationships with their HOP visitor that extend far beyond the short Summer Program!

We encourage anyone that is interested to apply!  Host families often have a young person participating in Hands of Peace, however some of our host families have had very young children, or older children who have already moved out.  Couples or singles without children are encouraged to host two participants. 

Please complete and submit this online application:

Host Family Application Form

Completion of this online application does not commit you to hosting, or guarantee that you will be selected to host. It is, however, a necessary entry into the process. 

After completing this application, you will receive an email confirmation and will be contacted for an interview and home visit with a HOP staff member.

Additional required form

For each adult in the family, the following form must also be printed, filled out, and mailed to:


Hands of Peace

Chicago Office

1000 Elm St 

Glenview, IL 


Attn: Rhonda McCarty


Submitting this form certifies that you agree to a complete background check to be conducted annually for every consecutive year that you are hosting Hands of Peace participants. 

Please also email a picture of your family to

If you have questions, call Glenview Host Family Coordinator Vera Ginburg at 847-251-0231 (or email her at, or San Diego Host Family Coordinator Tamara Miller at 619-375-8538 (or email her at