Hope Center for Children

About the Hope Center for Children of Spartanburg

One of Zeta Eta's local philanthropies is the Hope Center for Children.

The Hope Center for Children was formed in January of 2013 when the Ellen Hines Smith Girls' Home and the Children Shelter of the Upstate combined to provide more services to meet the needs of children in the Spartanburg community. Zeta Eta originally worked with the EHSGH and we were excited this year to serve more children through the Hope Center for Children! The Hope Center for Children's mission is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and build stable, healthy families.

Since 1974 the Ellen Hines Smith Girls' Home has offered around-the-clock care in a "safe, structured, home-like environment." Girls between the ages of 11 and 19 come to stay at the home. Staff at the home provide school support and oversee activities to build skills that will help to foster productive lives in the future. They depend entirely on community volunteers and donations.

In 1978 the Children Shelter of the Upstate was created to provide emergency shelter for children of all ages. This care is provided when boys and girls are removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.

The Hope Center for Children's services include: home visitation when a child is able to live at home; an emergency shelter for when children are removed from their home due to abuse and neglect; long term residential care for girls in foster care; and support of transition back to family life when a child is adopted or re-unified with kin.

How We Get Involved with the Hope Center for Children

Aside from volunteering at events like Tinis & Tapas each year, every month a few Zeta Eta sisters go to the Hope Center for Children to watch a movie and do crafts at the Center. We always have a blast chatting and spending time with the children!

To find out more about the Hope Center for Children, go to

Hope Center for Children