PO Box 257
Mt. Sterling KY 40353
Contact Information
Address PO Box 257
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
Phone (859) 498-5230
Fax 859 498-2606
Contact Name Jennifer Bricking
At A Glance
Former Names
Hope Hill Children's Home
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer To mail a check, please make it payable to Hope Hill Youth Services and send to PO Box 257, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353. Also, visit our website for more ways to get involved (www.hopehill.org) or contact Jennifer Bricking, jennifer@hopehill.org, 859.281.5900
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement To serve as a model by creating and sustaining a top-notch, comprehensive, educational program that serves to promote public schools as the best option for our children and future and to partner with our communities by providing caring services to hurting children, youth and families in helping them reach wholeness of body, mind and soul.
Background Statement Family Connection Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating Hope Hill Youth Services. Hope Hill is located in Hope, KY and was founded in 1960 as an orphanage. Upon opening, Hope Hill was home to hundreds of children and youth who had no where else to go. 

Hope Hill's vision is to be a regional leader in the rehabilitation of young people, and we have prided ourselves on continuing to evolve our treatment and services to fit the greatest needs of society. Today, Hope Hill is an alternative school that also offers foster care services, independent living, and residential treatment services including substance abuse recovery and equine-assisted counseling to youth in crisis.

Our mission is “to partner with our communities by providing caring services to hurting children, youth and families, in helping them reach wholeness of body, mind and soul”. We do this by providing hope and healing for youth to receive the treatment necessary to become successful members of society.

Hope Hill Youth Services has two therapeutic programs. The first is residential treatment for at risk teen girls ages 12-18. The residential program offers multiple opportunities to meet the needs of youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. These opportunities include substance abuse treatment, equine assisted counseling, clinical and social skill building groups as well as independent living groups. Our residential program focuses on the behaviors of the youth and teaches them to take responsibility for their actions and how to make better choices to prevent negative situations.

The second program is the therapeutic foster care which serves youth ages infant to 18 by placing them in safe and nurturing homes with certified foster families in the community. These homes are highly qualified and receive intense training in dealing with children and youth who have difficult behaviors.  While in each of these programs our youth receive group and individual counseling, psychiatric therapy as needed and medical services when necessary.

In addition, to our residential programs our girls receive specialized educational opportunities. With an on-site alternative school we work with the Montgomery County School District to provide our residents with an education that addresses their specific needs, strengths and weaknesses. When appropriate we can arrange for residents to attend GED classes and training. The girls also receive classes in ACT prep to get them ready for college.

Impact Statement
Previous Accomplishments: 
  1. We expanded capacity from 40 to 45 beds which allowed us to serve an additional 30 youth annually in our residential treatment program.
  2. We launched a mentor program, pairing our girls in residential treatment and transitional living with healthy, positive role models from our community. 
  3. We expanded alcohol and drug treatment program by dedicating 2 cottages to this program which enabled staff to work more intensely with youth in the recovery program.
  4. We renovated our Harris Cottage which is home to 12 youth, creating a more open and inviting floor plan and repairing roof and floor damage. 
  5. We expanded our foster care program by increasing the office space allowing for additional staff. This allowed us to serve an additional 10 youth last year.
  6. We also facilitated the adoption of 12 youth into their foster homes which gave these youth a permanent and nurturing home.
  7. We also constructed an indoor riding arena to expand and enhance the equine assisted counseling program.
  8. We implemented an independent living program to serve youth turning 18 and giving them the opportunity to receive a college education and assistance living on their own.
  9. We renovated a facility to become our new transitional living house, where girls can learn basic life skills before leaving Hope Hill.
  10. We created a new health clinic on campus which will increase the speed of care our youth receive. 

 Future Goals for 2015:

  1. Renovate remaining 3 cottages to improve the quality of life for our youth.
  2. Capital campaign to continue to raise funds for a new Shue Center for Excellence.
  3. Begin a farm and garden program, and grow partnerships with our 4H extension office, where our children can learn about agriculture, the benefits of eating healthy. Also participate in the farming as an extracurricular activity. Our goal is for the farm plan to replace 20% of our store-bought food and to also sell food at local farmer's markets. This would be part of our STEM initiative and partnerships. 
Needs Statement
  1. Wellness Center - We accomplished building the indoor facility where are girls can exercise, play games, and celebrate their successes just like any other teenager. Physical fitness is a key component in recovering from trauma. Now we need to fill the gym with equipment that the girls can use. We are looking for yoga balls, treadmills, and any other equipment to keep the girls fit and moving.
  2. Equine Therapy equipment- riding helmets, buckets, wheelbarrows, scoop forks, fly spray, shavings for stall, salt blocks, turnout rugs, Rubbermaid watering trough
  3. Art & Craft supplies & school supplies
  4. Technology training for our staff. We would like to send our 4 teachers to training to become better educated on how to use the smart equipment that they have. This would run approx. $2000
  5. Toiletries for the houses
  6. Used furniture, washers, dryers, clothing, kitchen supplies
  7. farm equipment, 
  8. bikes.  Please contact Jennifer at jennifer@hopehill.org or 859.281.5900 if you have any questions.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Hope Hill is distinctive in that we specialize in severe cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.  Our geographic location is also distinctive.  We are located in one of the most poverty stricken, drug ridden areas of the Commonwealth.

Hope Hill offers a wide array of services.  Our transitional living program helps build self-confidence, knowledge and experience without fear of failure.  Our girls learn basic life skills that will reduce their risk of homelessness and poverty.  They develop home economics, financial planning, education and vocational skills and learn how to excel in a home environment.

Hope Hill's equine-assisted counseling program offers children a safe environment to work through issues of fear, anxiety, self-doubt and poor communication.  We teach the child how to work with and communicate effectively with the horse, indirectly teaching them how to apply these same skills in their everyday lives.

Hope Hill's substance abuse recovery program is dedicated to working with girls abusing and dependent on drugs and/or alcohol.  We have passionate therapists and certified counselors that work hand-in-hand with the girls to challenge, guide and support them through intensive treatment programs.

Hope Hill's teachers are committed to giving individual attention to each girl and providing a quality education. They are some of the best in the district and I am very proud to have them a part of my staff. They work very hard to plan and look for new ways to educate the girls on what needs to be done.

Board Chair Statement

Hope Hill has been treating hurting children since 1959. Since that time, we have transitioned from an orphanage to an alternative school and comprehensive treatment facility. We have expanded the facility to 45 beds, installed an indoor riding arena and built an education and wellness facility.

One of the challenges facing our organization is turnover. The direct care workers have a high stress, very difficult job, and job retention can be a challenge.

This challenge is being addressed through an emphasis on employee appreciation. An employee of the month is now being recognized, and employees are given gifts on employee appreciation day. Door prizes are given out at campus wide meetings, and employees and their families are invited to special dinners on holidays.

Another challenge facing Hope Hill is a lack of funding. Hope Hill receives funding from the state, and the reimbursement rates have not increased in the last six years. We have to do more with less because the cost of raising a child has increased.

We are addressing this challenge by being more intentional about fundraising. Hope Hill has hired a full time Director of Development, and we have three fundraisers scheduled for 2015.

I chose to serve as a board member for Hope Hill because it is a faith based organization. As a Christian, I have a passion for helping the helpless. Being a part of Hope Hill’s ministry gives me a way to help the helpless and give back.

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Rehabilitative Care
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Geographic Areas Served
Our campus is based in Hope, Kentucky, but we serve children from all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Our organization's aim is to give children an opportunity for success. We are trying to give them the support, skills and resources they need to be successful in life while clinically treating behavioral/mental problems stemming from abuse and abandonment.

At Hope Hill, our aim is to partner with our communities to bring awareness. Our goal is to care for kids all over the state and to work with families and adolescents at risk. We hope to produce successful relationships, loving parents and viable members of the community.

Our plan for the next five years deals with improving service delivery as well as staff development. Our service delivery is expanding to meet the changing needs of youth in Kentucky. We will improve our service delivery models to include the best evidence-based models (i.e., intensive substance abuse treatment).

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Hope Hill currently has a substance abuse treatment program, but our plan is to make it a priority. We are now hiring certified substance abuse counselors and applying for grants so we can afford the best evidence-based curriculum. We are transitioning from an inpatient-focused program to an outpatient program, where we will assist families and youth in their homes. We want to treat the whole family, to work in homes with families and children, with the ultimate goal being an emotionally healthy child in a permanent home.

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

Our resources include 6 master’s level therapists who are currently working with Hope Hill. We have a 125-acre campus located in a place of need. On Hope Hill’s campus, we have a health clinic to help with medication management. Also on-site is our alternative school, which gives the youth more one-on-one attention and tutoring. Our campus makes available several extra-curricular activities, including an equine program, a wellness center and a garden that the girls help to tend.

Our financial resources are strong. We have made a profit for the last five years. We have a four million dollar budget. In the past two years, we have cut $200,000 out of the budget.

Our external strengths include several partnerships. Hope Hill’s CEO sits on the state task force for human trafficking and on the state board of the Children’s Alliance, an organization which deals with policy. Hope Hill also has partnerships with the Chrysalis House in Lexington, the Wesley House in Louisville and KY Rescue and Restore, an organization which helps us know how best to treat victims of human trafficking.

IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?

One of the best indicators of our success is non re-admittance. Another is when the girls leave Hope Hill and choose to go to college and further their education. We know that we have succeeded when our youth complete the substance abuse treatment program and when they earn their GED.

Though it would be helpful to monitor the youth’s progress after they leave our program, they are wards of the state. When they turn 18, Hope Hill is not allowed to stay in touch with them.

At Hope Hill, we are working toward permanency. Our goal is to discharge the children to their home, or a less restrictive placement such as a foster home. We monitor our behavioral discharge rate (i.e., the rate of youth that are discharged to a mental health treatment facility) and other rates in continuous quality improvement meetings as outlined by the Council on Accreditation.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

In recent years, we have developed an on-site health clinic to improve med management and psych treatment on campus. We have laid fiber optic cables and wireless internet service all over campus so that we can utilize electronic medical records all over campus.

We have also built a wellness center because of the effects of exercise on the traumatic brain, and an education facility. The use of state of the art interactive technology in the classrooms will help the children succeed in higher education. Additionally, we are purchasing a training curriculum that is evidence-based.

We have learned that a couple of things do not work. It does not work not to have a comprehensive treatment plan. We have also determined that the kids need more than therapy, they need all of these extracurricular resources to support them.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Skip Holley
Company Affiliation Apollo Oil LLC
Board Members
Mr. Skip Holley Apollo OilVoting
Mr. Rob Lawson Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Kaye Leighton Patrick, Leighton & Hall, PLLCVoting
Mr. James Rollins Integrity OrthopedicVoting
Ms. Lana Root Root A Baker'sVoting
Mr. Doug Shearer Certified Public AccountantVoting
Mr. Ralph Wilcoxson Montgomery County Juvenile CourtVoting
Mr. Greg Wilkins Vista Grande Church of GodVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 87%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Christopher Peck
Term Start May 2011
Email chris@hopehill.org

Family Connection, Inc., Mt. Sterling, KY

Chief Executive Officer, 2011-present

Saint Joseph – Mount Sterling Foundation, Mt. Sterling, KY

Director of Major Gifts, 2010-2011

Saint Joseph – Mount Sterling Foundation, Mt. Sterling, KY

Director of Development, 2008-2010

Gateway Regional Health Systems d/b/a Mary Chiles Hospital, Mt. Sterling, KY

Senior Manager and Corporate Compliance Officer, 2005-2007

Email chris@hopehill.org
Full Time Staff 53
Part Time Staff 11
Volunteers 65
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 63%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 66
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 59
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Residential Program Administrator
Title Foster Care Program Administrator
Title Chief Clinical Officer
Title CFO
Title Director of Development
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Serves teenage girls ages 12-18 who have emotional and behavioral problems that stem from abuse, abandonment or neglect. These youth live on campus for an average of six to nine months while they receive therapeutic counseling to address their sensitive and complex needs. In addition to the quality counseling they receive, youth will also be enrolled in the on-site school which is part of the Montgomery County School District. Through a highly structured environment and intense treatment of emotional and behavioral problems, youth will be provided the tools and coping skills necessary to change their path and begin a life of healing and recovery.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Residential Mental Health Treatment
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Females
Description Serves boys and girls from birth to age 18. These youth are placed in certified homes in the community and given the opportunity to be part of a health family environment. While living with their foster families youth will continue to receive counseling and case management from qualified staff. In some cases, we are fortunate enough to match a youth with a family who is willing to adopt them and provide a permanent loving home. When appropriate, the staff and families work with the biological family to maintain a healthy relationship if that is part of the discharge plan.
Category Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations,
Description This is a supplemental program to the residential treatment and provides valuable opportunities for youth to progress with their treatment goals. Youth in this program work with the horses and learn basic horsemanship, horse first aid, grooming and safety. Youth work with the horses in various tasks and obstacles and are encouraged to process through the experience and see what they can learn about themselves in regard to self-awareness, nonverbal communication, self-esteem, communication styles, problem solving, conflict resolution and many other useful life skills.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Animal-Assisted Therapy
Population Served Females, At-Risk Populations, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Description A vital component to our residential program is the alcohol and drug abuse program. This program sets Hope Hill apart from other residential treatment homes because we can work with youth who have both emotional and behavioral problems as well as substance abuse issues.  We believe that recovery from substance abuse and dependency is a holistic process. Our approach addresses the youth’s needs in five different areas; physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. The recovery component assists youth in understanding the issues underlying their drug use and what functions their use was meeting in their lives.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse Counseling
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Females, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Description The independent living program works with youth over age 18 who want to pursue educational goals. These youth are helped through the collegiate process from application and admittance all the way through graduation. Youth are provided an apartment to live in and are required to maintain a C average and pass random drug tests. This program gives youth the opportunity to live on their own while still having the support and accountability of the staff at Hope Hill.
Category Human Services, General/Other In-Home Assistance
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments

One of our challenges is that we are being held hostage by a single funding stream and a single referral source. We are looking to diversify our funding sources and referral sources with the goal being that we become a stand-alone treatment facility.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
UK STEM program and financially supported in 2015 by TOYOTA 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End July 31, 2014
Projected Revenue $265,885.00
Projected Expenses $3,938,001.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$4,332,126$3,655,947$3,749,981
Total Expenses$4,028,525$3,669,465$3,604,012
Revenue Less Expenses$303,601($13,518)$145,969
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$3,971,419$3,380,606$3,380,155
Individual Contributions$287,460$274,626$34,832
Investment Income, Net of Losses$47,459----
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$3,640,205$3,255,469$3,238,667
Administration Expense$301,485$324,826$2,634,520
Fundraising Expense$86,835$89,170$101,825
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.001.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%89%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$3,309,887$2,618,634$2,624,395
Current Assets$997,897$1,028,523$1,643,968
Long-Term Liabilities$356,798--$54,489
Current Liabilities$231,345$200,491$138,245
Total Net Assets$2,721,744$2,418,143$2,431,661
Form 990s
2014 990 2014
2013 FY13 990
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are currently raising $1.1 million to help with major renovations of our houses on our campus. If you are interested in helping with this mission contact Chris@hopehill.org
Goal $0.00
Dates Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date 6500 as of Apr 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address PO Box 257
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
Primary Phone 859 498-5230
Contact Email jennifer@hopehill.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Christopher Peck
Board Chair Mr. Skip Holley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Apollo Oil LLC