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April 4, 2012--We have finally found our ideal location! The lease is being drawn up today for 537 East Washington Avenue. This beautiful, modern space has eight offices/visitation rooms, a conference room, and a reception area. We are excited to move in and will soon hold an open house for the community to check out our new space.
April 23, 2012-- It's official! We have moved into our new office and plan to begin providing services in May. We will post pictures and a video tour of our new location in the next few days. Our board is incredibly grateful to the supporters who have made this all happen! We couldn't have come this far without the generosity and hard work of many people, and we are very grateful for your support! Please check back in the next few weeks as we announce the date of our open house and begin providing services. 
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May 12, 2012--We've settled into our new space and are putting the final touches on our office before we begin providing services the week of May 21st! Thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen! Check out some of the first photos of our office.
May 22, 2012--We are happy to announce our Open House and Grand Opening, which will be held on Thursday, June 28th, from 3 pm to 7 pm at our office! We welcome and encourage the entire community to come out and help us celebrate with us! Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please click at left to learn more.  

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Powell tragedy sparks questions about child custody

February 8, 2012--Josh Powell, the husband of a missing Utah woman, lost legal custody of his sons, yet they were still at his home this week when he decided to end his own life — and theirs. The intense house fire that killed all three brings with it questions about whether more could have been done to protect not only Charles and Braden Powell, ages 7 and 5, but also children across the nation who are in the tug of war of child custody.           

537 East Washington Avenue Washington, New Jersey 07882
Court-Approved Non-Profit Organization Opens, Offering Hope to Families in Warren, Hunterdon and Somerset Counties

Hope for Tomorrow, a Child and Family Support Center, a Washington, NJ-based organization providing supervised visitation and exchange services, announces Open House and Grand Opening celebration

WASHINGTON, NJ, MAY 30, 2012―Hope for Tomorrow, a Child and Family Support Center, a court-approved supervised visitation and exchange center, recently opened in Warren County and is currently accepting new clients. The organization provides a safe, home-like setting for children to have contact with parents and other relatives they might not otherwise be able to maintain a relationship with due to custody litigation, foster care, or other difficult family situations. Its board of directors, together with community sponsors, will host an Open House on June 28th. 
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Vulnerable Children in Warren, Hunterdon, and Somerset Counties to Benefit from New Child-Focused Non-Profit Organization

Hope for Tomorrow, a Child and Family Support Center’s Grand Opening attracts scores of supporters and raises thousands in support of its mission 

WASHINGTON, NJ, JULY 9, 2012―Hope for Tomorrow, a Child and Family Support Center, a court-approved supervised visitation and exchange center, held its Open House and Grand Opening at its Washington, NJ, location on June 28th, 2012. The event was an overwhelming success, with over 100 attendees and about $6,500 donated by event sponsors and attendees. Freeholders Everett Chamberlain and Jason Sarnoski attended the event, along with Warren County Sheriff Dave Gallant, many representatives from Warren County Human Services and other social service agencies, and dozens of other members of the community.
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PA Man Kills Toddler Son, Wounds Wife; Kills Self

March 25, 2013--A central Pennsylvania father shot and killed his 2-year-old son and wounded his estranged wife during a custody exchange before killing himself, authorities said. Police said Kenneth Ayers also shot at his mother during the altercation Saturday morning at her home in a rural area about 20 miles southwest of State College.

Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic said Ayers, 52, was subject to a protection from abuse order filed by his wife but was permitted visits with his son, Michael. Saturday's visit was to happen at his mother's home in Barree Township. But once at the home, Ayers got into an altercation with his estranged wife, Hollie Jo, and shot her in the legs and arm with a .40 caliber handgun before intentionally shooting his son, police said.

Kenneth Ayers placed the child's body in the back of his vehicle but the wounded woman retrieved the body before Ayers shot her again in the face, police said. He also fired at his mother but missed.

Sadly, there are many horrific scenes of violence that occur during the exchange of children for shared parenting time. The stories below highlight just a few of these instances, and illustrate the importance of the custody exchange service we offer, in which parents do not see or interact with one another, eliminating the opportunity for children to witness or become involved in fighting, violence, and chaos. -HFT

Child custody exchanges in Mason result in call to police

February 20, 2013--An officer was dispatched Feb. 19 to an area business on Kipp Road to meet with a female who wanted to report a problem that had occurred during a child custody exchange. The complainant reported the father of her child was constantly causing trouble when these exchanges occurred, which is why they had opted for making them in public. She stated that this date the ex showed up two minutes late and began yelling at her.

Hope For Tomorrow Assists Families From Broken Homes
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September 24, 2013--A Washington Township non-profit called  Hope for Tomorrow has made great strides in just its first year of operation. The organization was launched in February by co-founders, President Andror Tomorrow has made great strides in just its first year of operation. The organization was launched in February by co-founders, President Andrea Lovas and Vice-President Erin Hartung-Ruane. 

Warren Reporter: New organization in Washington Borough to provide 'Hope for Tomorrow'

June 29, 2012--Residents had an opportunity to learn more about a new service in the borough, Hope for Tomorrow, a child and family support center, at an open house on Thursday, June 28.

According to its brochure, the organization seeks to provide a “safe, home-like setting for children to have contact with parents and other relatives they might not otherwise be able to maintain a relationship with due to custody litigation, foster care, or other difficult family situations.”

The group was co-founded in February by President Andrea Lovas of Hackettstown and Vice President Erin Hartung-Ruane of Harmony.                                         
As children watch, custody exchange escalates to horrific murder-suicide

June 15, 2012--A 7-year-old boy watched his father murder his mother and then kill himself during a custody exchange that went horribly wrong Friday afternoon, authorities said. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Guillermo Garcia, 38, and Okariny Diaz, 33, met in the parking lot of a Village Inn about 1 p.m. After getting into an argument, authorities said, Garcia shot Diaz "multiple times" and then turned the gun on himself. Two other adults and three girls, ages 10 to 14, also witnessed the horrific murder-suicide.

Child calls 9-1-1 after dad fatally stabs mom during custody exchange

June 11, 2012--A 36-year-old woman was fatally stabbed by her ex-husband during a custody exchange Sunday morning, Grove City police said. Candice R. Roberts was picking up her 13-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter after a night at the home of their father, Jeremy A. Roberts, at 3246 Townhouse Dr. in Grove City, Capt. Jeff Pearson said. The pick-up was supposed to be brief, and Candice Roberts left her car running in the parking lot. But an argument broke out in the doorway of the apartment, and Roberts stabbed her, Pearson said.

Woman was meeting son’s father for custody exchange when he set her on fire

June 11, 2012--A woman who was set on fire at a Boynton Beach 7-Eleven early Monday morning was there to pick up her 4-year-old boy from his father, but the man doused her in gasoline and set her ablaze, police say. Roosevelt Mondesir, 59, of suburban Boynton Beach, is charged with attempted first-degree murder. The woman, whose name is not being released, is in the hospital with severe burns to her body and face, according to Boynton Beach police. The boy was found alone in Mondesir’s home sleeping and unharmed.

Our supervised visits usually take place at our highly secure, protected facility, especially in the case of high-risk situations, drastically reducing the opportunity for children to be hurt or for any type of violence to occur. -HFT
Warren County Agency Offers Counseling to Area Residents with Immediate Availability

Hope for Tomorrow now provides a variety of high-quality therapeutic interventions and supports with the goal of helping children grow up to become healthy, self-sufficient members of the community

Washington, NJ, September 4, 2012—Hope for Tomorrow, a Child and Family Support Center, a court-approved supervised visit and exchange center, announces they are now accepting appointments for therapy services at their office, located at 537 East Washington Avenue. Family therapy, pediatric counseling, couples therapy (for couples with children) and reunification therapy are among the services offered. There is a great demand for these services within Warren County and the surrounding areas, especially for lower-income and/or at-risk residents. 

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Local Children’s Charity Announces 
Wine and Chocolate-Tasting Fundraiser

Hope for Tomorrow to host Cheers to Chocolate: an Evening of Charity on April 12th at Hawk Pointe Golf Club in Washington

February 11th, 2013--The Cheers to Chocolate committee invites the entire community to enjoy a decadent evening of delicious chocolates, desserts, and fine wines, as well as a silent auction and live music. Local artisans including Allied Beverage, Café de Paris Patisserie, Careyanne’s Creations, Chocodiem, DOVE Chocolate Discoveries, Enchanted Chocolate, R&R Marketing, Riverside Wines, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe, and Winebow will be serving up samples of chocolate-dipped fruits, truffles, baked treats, a variety of fine wines and much more! A silent auction will feature a wide assortment of exclusive items, including sports collectibles, gift certificates, and gift baskets. A week-long timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico will be raffled off for just $25 per ticket! The event will also feature live music by local band Nuff Sedd and a cash bar, as well as the unveiling of a new marketing video created for the organization pro bono by local visual artist Bill Walters. Registration is available online now. 

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Warren County Child and Family Agency Announces Official Tax-Exempt Status and Safe, Affordable Custody Exchanges
Hope for Tomorrow, a 501(c)(3) organization, now provides custody exchanges for just $5

Washington, NJ, October 17, 2012—Hope for Tomorrow, a Child and Family Support Center, which provides a variety of services to children and families experiencing domestic violence, divorce, or other difficult family situations, announces that it has just been granted federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), with an effective (back)date of February 17th, 2012. 

“The support and generosity of the community has been truly wonderful,” remarked Andrea Lovas, Hope for Tomorrow’s executive director of administration and development and co-founder. “The affirmation of Hope for Tomorrow as a legitimate not-for-profit organization will further encourage donations from the public, as well as enable us to seek out other sources of funding. It also means that every donation we’ve received so far is now fully tax-deductible, which is an important benefit for our donors.”  

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Warren County Non-Profits Serving Area Youth Announce Joint Community Yard Sale

Hope for Tomorrow and Big Brothers Big Sisters to host a yard and bake sale on October 20th, raising funds in support of their children’s programs

Washington, NJ, October 3, 2012—Hope for Tomorrow, a Child and Family Support Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties announce a joint Community Yard and Bake Sale to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 8 am to 4 pm. The event will be held in Hope for Tomorrow’s parking lot at 537 East Washington Avenue, Washington, NJ 07882. 
The community yard sale, open to the public, is supported by donations of time and sale items from the community. Gently used items such as clothing, toys, furniture, baby gear, exercise equipment, housewares and much more are now being collected to sell at the event. The organizations are also looking for volunteers that are willing to help bake treats for the sale, gather and sort donated items, and help the day of the event. 
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