HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY
WE DON'T REPLACE PARENTS. WE PARTNER WITH THEM.
There are a world of different factors that can make it difficult for parents
to give their children all the care and opportunities they need.
THE SCHOLARS OF BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE are young men and women who live, study, and grow together to reach their full potential as unique individuals created and loved by God. Parents, house parents, BHGH staff, and the students themselves are committed to the spiritual, academic, social, and emotional growth of each scholar.
Rooted in the Jesuit tradition, Boys Hope Girls Hope intends to develop “men and women for others.” In their academic work, in their relationships with their families, in their lives at BHGH, and in their contributions to the community, the focus is on guiding BHGH scholars toward physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and cultural fulfillment in life.
Boys Hope Girls Hope was founded in 1977 by Father Paul Sheridan, SJ, in Saint Louis, Missouri. Father Sheridan’s unique residential model for talented and motivated young men was designed to reflect the Jesuit tradition of developing young people in the spirit of ‘cura personalis’ – the whole person. The program’s success led to its rapid replication across the country. More than three decades later, Boys Hope Girls Hope has grown to include affiliates in fifteen U.S. cities and two foreign countries and in doing so, has created countless opportunities for amazing young people coping with extremely challenging life circumstances.
Plans for the Kansas City affiliate began as early as 2000 when founders began to determine the viability of a BHGH program for our metropolitan area, including Jackson, Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Missouri and Kansas. Determining the need was easy. Finding a location for our home was more challenging, but Hope persevered and the community rallied to provide the land, architect, builder and construction teams to raise our home in south Kansas City, Missouri. The BHGH of Kansas City home, licensed for up to 10 boys, opened in 2006.