Our History

History of Success

In 1980, Father Harry Tompson, S.J. and Judge Adrian Duplantier, with the help of the Flick and Montaldo families, founded what is now Boys Hope Gilrs Hope of Greater New Orleans.  New Orleans became the second city to start a Boys Hope program nationwide, which is now an international network with 14 U.S. locations and 3 abroad locations. New Orleans started with one Boys Hope home, and went on to open a second home shortly thereafter in 1984.  These two homes served boys through June of 2002--in July 2002, after response from a growing community need for a similar opportunity for young women in need in our community, we opened the Girls Hope home to girls that wanted to make a difference with their life.

Currently the Boys Hope Girls Hope program provides a stable, loving home environment and a strong academic program for disadvantaged but capable boys and girls. We operate on the principle that we can empower young children -- given the chance and proper environment -- to develop into strong, contributing members of our society and to become people for others. Boys Hope Girls Hope is an inter-denominational program and welcomes children regardless of their race, creed or religion.

Boys Hope Girls Hope has been a member of the New Orleans community for over 36 years-- directly because of the overwhelming support of our volunteers, donors, partners, and advocates.