Captain Hope's Kids (CHK) was founded in 1989 as The Hope Foundation for the Homeless. Our original mission was to provide emergency grants to shelters for critical operating needs. During the 1990s a disturbing trend emerged: Mothers with babies and children became one of the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population. In addition, more babies were being born into homelessness. In response to this problem, the Hope Foundation's Board of Directors chose to focus its resources toward helping homeless children in North Texas.
In 1994 we changed our name to Captain Hope's Kids and changed our mission to meeting the critical needs of homeless children.
A 2005 census of Dallas County's homeless showed that women and children made up 48% of the known homeless population, with two-thirds of the children counted being younger than 10. We now serve more than 15,000 children in up to 48 homeless shelters each year. Our income for 2006 was $764,518, and in spite of all our new direct expenses, we are extremely proud to report that 87% of the funds we collected last year went directly to programs that help the children.
Through our programs, events and partnerships, we aim to better the lives of every homeless child in North Texas, and eventually the rest of the United States. We are the only organization of our kind, which is why donations of goods, time and money are so important — because we can help children everywhere, and so can you.