Many years ago, while broadcasting live in Philadelphia on a hot summer night, Delilah took her audience on an imaginary adventure to the coolest part of the country, Point Hope, Alaska, where the temperatures were 50 degrees cooler. The idea of this place offered relief from a hot and sweltering night.
The name of the town stuck with Delilah. In 1993, the original Point Hope was started as she met a homeless mother who was living on the streets with her kids and sleeping in cardboard boxes. Delilah started a street mission to distribute food, clothes and blankets to homeless people in Philadelphia, where she was still living. Delilah's main goal was to distribute information to people so they could make better choices for themselves and their children.
When Delilah moved to Seattle in 1997, Point Hope went on hiatus as she focused on her own growing family. Delilah went from being a mother of two to a mother of seven in a short time span. Four of her children were adopted out of the foster care system, and she learned what a horribly abusive system it is. She advocated for change and spoke out against the status quo.
Then in 2004, something happened that further changed Delilah's world. A single woman in West Africa wrote an email to Delilah from an internet cafe located in a building most of us would consider a shack. Delilah read the appeal from the woman. She was asking for help caring for her two starving children living in a town called Buduburam where there was a Liberian refugee camp in the country of Ghana.
Today, Point Hope has grown from a handful of friends gathered around Delilah's kitchen table making hundreds of tuna fish sandwiches for hungry families, to a non-profit organization that helps refugees in Buduburam and the surrounding district, helping the community there each month by nutrition, funds for education and access to medial care.
Our mission is to be A VOICE FOR FORGOTTEN CHILDREN domestically and abroad. We want to shed light on the fact that right now there are half a million kids in foster care throughout America - and less than five percent of those children will ever have permanency through adoption. Through Points of Hope Chapters, which you can start in your own area, we host programs that raise awareness and donations for local foster kids as well as events to help raise their spirits and inspire them to dream big.