2021 Hope Awards Honor Friends of House of Hope at Annual Recognition Breakfast

Posted on September 13, 2021

STUART, Fla. – House of Hope supporters----individuals, businesses, and organizations from across Martin County---never expect thanks for all they do to help the organization empower residents to overcome hunger and hardship.

Once a year, though, House of Hope friends and sponsors gather to show gratitude and celebrate their efforts with the Hope Awards.

“Our award recipients this year and every year make a huge impact on our community,” says Rob Ranieri, CEO of House of Hope. “They contribute their passion, expertise, creativity and resources to help us carry out our mission.”

This year’s Hope Awards Recognition Breakfast was held on September 9 at Monarch Country Club in Palm City, with HBKS Wealth Advisors as the Presenting Sponsor. A special moment in the ceremony was the awarding of the Barbara Trimble Legacy Award, named after a long-standing philanthropist of House of Hope and other community non-profits. For their contributions to House of Hope over many years of service, the Barbara Trimble Legacy Award was presented to Marni and David Abate. David Abate accepted the award on behalf of himself and his wife, who recently passed away.

The Hope Award recipients for 2021 are:  Richard and Janet Galante - Community Ambassadors; Bob Plunkett from Global Irrigation Solutions, LLC; Florida Department of Health in Martin County; Andrea Dean from Helping People Succeed; Ed Ciampi, Board of County Commissioners; Niki L. Norton of n2 Architecture + Design; Carlita Fiestas-Nuñez from IFAS; Triumph Aerospace-Vought; Town of Ocean Breeze; Karner Surveying, Inc.; Arthur Ondich; Noel Espinal; Kirk McLean; Dene Roker; Jim McNey; Tim Arthur; and Jesse Katz.

“These award winners have given hope to every client who has benefited from House of Hope programs,” says Ranieri “From our food and nutrition services to financial assistance, clothes closet, case management, and information and referral, House of Hope keeps our neighbors safe, housed, healthy and secure. We can only do it because of the generous support of our friends.”


About House of Hope

Founded in 1984, House of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship. House of Hope touches the lives of more than 7,000 people each month helping with basic needs such as food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, as well as longer-term case management services that help build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. 

The organization has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach. House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offers free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health, and overall well-being.

House of Hope also operates the Growing Hope Farm in Palm City and several nutrition gardens that provide sustainable sources of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the community. For more information, visit or call 772-286-4673. Updates and announcements can also be found on Facebook, Instagram Instagram, and Twitter.

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