A “Beloved Community” Focused on the Young People Who Will Lead

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Forty years ago, Father Paul Sheridan started the first Boys Hope Girls Hope home in St. Louis. Seven boys who had great human potential and big dreams, but faced very difficult lives at home and in their neighborhoods, moved in. Father Sheridan knew these young people needed a safe, loving environment with people who believed […]


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Twenty-two year-old Brenda was born in Sayaxche, Peten in Guatemala. When she was five, Brenda moved with her parents and five siblings to Los Reyes, San Andres, Peten, located far from her extended family in Sayaxche. Los Reyes was a very small, isolated town, and the only transportation to and from it was one bus […]

Greg Scruggs

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At 13 years old, Greg joined Boys Hope Girls Hope as a residential scholar. His father had passed, and he was living in a housing project where drugs, gangs and violence were the norm. As residential scholar, Greg moved out of his neighborhood and into the Boys Hope Girls Hope home where he was safe […]

Brijhette Farmer

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Brijhette was raised by an elderly and loving aunt who deeply believed in the power of education. When she and her aunt learned of BHGH STL through a former teacher, they knew it would offer life-changing opportunities and would be worth the sacrifice of living apart. Brijhette joined Girls Hope at age 11. As her […]

Nick Varuso

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Like many BHGH alumni, Nick attributes his success to the constructive and academic-focused home environment provided by BHGH. Born and raised in New Orleans, Nick experienced the “pull of negativity” as he entered his teenage years. The odds were stacked against him, as many of his peers had already succumbed to destructive lifestyles. Life at […]

Luana Deng

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Luana’s involvement with BHGH started with her brothers, and she followed in their footsteps. She was in the 6th grade when her family partnered with BHGH to enroll her brothers into the program. At the time, BHGH San Francisco was a boys-only residential program. During her freshman year of high school, though, Luana was welcomed […]