Since our inception we have served 216 children.

1993

•    Two federally funded research studies, The Women’s Interagency HIV Study and HIV Epidemology Study begin to study women and HIV/AIDS.
•    A group of women from the Junior League of Memphis begin to investigate the need for HIV related childcare, led by Junior League member Holley McGehee.
•    The group begins to organize a Board of Directors.

1994

•    Junior League President is Lucia Crenshaw.
•    AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for all Americans ages 25 to 44.
•    Hope House holds its first Board of Directors’ meeting and incorporates.
•    The Junior League group begins searching for a property to house the organization.
•    With the help of former Senators Roscoe Dixon and Curtis Person, Hope House receives support from the state to help start services.

1995

•    By the end of this year, 500,000 cases of AIDS have been reported in the U.S.
•    The property located at 23 S. Idlewild is purchased and renovated with the generous support of the Plough Foundation and the Assissi Foundation.
•    A 15 passenger van is purchased.
•    Hope House opens (8/5/95) 3 days a week with 5 children.
•    Junior League President is Anne Curtis, who has served as a Hope House board member.

1999

•    Grew to serving 37 children, 5 days a week.
•    Women now account for 23% of AIDS cases in the U.S., as opposed to only 7% in 1985.

2001

•    Hope House Preschool opens to meet growing demand for pre-kindergarten education options for children living in poverty.
•    Worldwide 10 million young people, aged 15-24 and almost 3 million children under 15 are living with HIV.

2005

•    3rd house opens.
•    We are able to provide full scale adult services.
•    Play Therapy services begin and as a result have eliminated expulsions from the school due to behavior issues.

2006

•    HIV disproportionately affects people of color who are living in poverty. The CDC reports that African Americans account for more than half of new HIV infections in the U.S.
•    Hope House provides a housing program to help place homeless adults and families in safe, affordable housing.

2008

•    Hope House receives its national accreditation from the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

2014

•    Hope House becomes a Shelby County School partner.

2015

•    Hope House introduces the Transition To Success as new service delivery model in an effort to continue to reduce the rate of poverty among person living with HIV/AIDS in Shelby County.