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The mission of Holt’s House of Hope is to provide refuge, restoration, and hope for the boys of Boca Chica through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
To honor God by presenting the young men of Boca Chica the opportunity to develop their potential through education, training, and biblical discipleship.
To make an eternal impact on the Dominican Republic by investing into the lives of young men for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Holt’s House of Hope is located in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Boca Chica is located 25 miles east of the capital city of Santo Domingo and 15 minutes from Las Americas International Airport. During the day, Boca Chica is known for its white beaches and shallow, crystal clear waters. At night, the town transforms into a party atmosphere with bars, street parties, and prostitution. It’s the closest beach to Santo Domingo, so many weekends and holidays bring people in by the thousands. Sadly, Boca Chica’s best known “amenity” is the prostitution. Visitors from Canada and Europe come to the town for very cheap hotels and prostitutes.

Our goal is to prevent the boys of Boca Chica from becoming involved in the evils that this city has and to become Godly leaders in the community. We provide educational opportunities with school enrollment, assistance with their studies, and English training. We also teach character education classes with topics such as integrity, honesty, and compassion. Most importantly, we offer Bible studies and one-on-one discipleship with the boys to encourage them in their walk with the Lord.

Refuge.

Holt’s House of Hope is a place in Boca Chica that serves young men in the community ages 11 to 18. The boys can come 3 times each week to be invested in by our staff, to receive a hot meal, and to experience community with other boys. Because many are living in poverty, we have a system in place where the boys can earn points for attending school, memorizing verses of scripture, attending meetings, and other avenues. They can use these points in an onsite ‘store’ to get things such as hygiene products, clothing, shoes, sports equipment, school supplies, and toys. We also provide required school uniforms and supplies to the boys who otherwise would not be able to attend.

Restoration.

Education is an undervalued area of life in the Dominican Republic, especially in rural areas and smaller cities such as Boca Chica. We provide educational and vocational training to help the boys have a better chance at a career in the future. We teach supplemental lessons in grammar, math and reading. In the future, we hope to partner with local businesses to provide internship opportunities for our youth to further develop their skills and trades.

Hope.

While we believe in the work we are doing to prepare them for a job in the future, we strongly believe that real hope comes from knowing Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. Without making the gospel central to our day to day activities, we are not accomplishing anything of eternal significance. We have weekly bible studies with the boys, breakout small group sessions, and 1-on-1 discipleship with the older boys. Our hope is to create community leaders with a strong biblical foundation and a desire to disciple others in the future.