Help Supply the Tools for School for Martin County Students

July 3, 2019

With an estimated 6,000 students in Martin County needing assistance in preparing for the upcoming school year, House of Hope is partnering with local businesses, organizations and residents for its annual “Tools for School” supply drive in order to fulfill the needs of as many students as possible.

The goal is to alleviate the financial strain of back to school costs for struggling families while ensuring local students are supplied for success from the very start of the new school year. House of Hope staff and volunteers will soon stuff backpacks full of school supplies for hundreds of children as well as providing opportunities for fresh haircuts and vouchers for new shoes. To be eligible for students to receive a backpack Martin County families must be enrolled for Project HOPE services at any of the four House of Hope pantry locations: Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach or Indiantown.

House of Hope's Tools for School supply drive will occur from now until July 19, 2019, with distribution to the schools being scheduled before the start of classes August 12, 2019.

Items needed include: pocket folders, erasers, glue sticks, scissors, colored pencils, highlighters, flash drives, hand sanitizer, tissue, composition books, backpacks, markers, spiral notebooks, calculators, binders, pencils, pens, pencil cases, crayons and lined paper.

The community can help our local students in many ways:

  • Register to conduct a school supply drive for House of Hope through an organization, club, family, business or place of worship.

  • Donate supplies at one House of Hope’s four Martin County locations, or participate in registered supply drives being conducted by The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast, Martin County 4-H Youth Development, Grand Oaks Assisted Living, RENU Medical Aesthetics, Abyss Salon Inc., Women's Power Lunch, Coastal Life Church, The Lotus Room Organic Salon, Martin County Realtors of the Treasure Coast, Monarch Realty Group, Village Arts & Crafts Loft, Perk Tequesta, Modern Juice Company, UBS Financial Services, Martin County Farm Bureau Women's Committee, or Wells Fargo.

  • Make a monetary contribution to the drive. This is the best way to help the most children; House of Hope can buy supplies in bulk to maximize the donation’s impact.

To participate, more information and forms are listed on or contact Sarah Ciampi, resource development assistant, at (772) 286-4673, ext. 1018 or email

About House of Hope

Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of about 6,000 people per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management that help people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. The nutrition gardens and Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center provide nourishing and wholesome food to the community as well as vocational training opportunities for local career seekers. House of Hope recently opened the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offering the community free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being. For more information about House of Hope, visit or schedule a tour (772)286-4673.