Who We Are


Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value centered, family like homes, opportunities and education through college.


BHGH was founded over 35 years ago in St. Louis, Missouri by Father Paul Sheridan as a residential model and has grown to include affiliates in fifteen U.S. cities and four foreign countries. Boys Hope came to Arizona in 1989 with the opening of the boys’ home and our girls’ home followed in 1998. In 2003, the Arizona affiliate became the first in the nation to implement a Community-Based Program model, allowing us to serve additional children-in-need whose home lives are not so severe as to require residential placement.


Founded on the belief that a loving God cares about the life of every individual, Boys Hope Girls Hope acts in accordance with the following values:

  • Education is critical to reaching one's full potential.

  • Spirituality and an active faith-life are essential elements of healthy personal development.

  • Children have the capacity to transcend their circumstances if given a safe environment, opportunities, and loving support.

  • Integrity, honesty, respect, a willingness to love, and service to others are important measures of personal success.

  • Individuals are responsible for their destinies and actions, and all children deserve the guidance, support and opportunities to choose a path to reaching their full potential.

  • Respect for the dignity, value, unique perspectives, and talents of every individual is the foundation of positive social and emotional development, as well as strong and vibrant communities.