Mission & Philosophy

We will not rest.

At HopeWorks our mission is to provide support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and engage the community in creating the change required for prevention.

Change must happen. We are guided by a vision of a world of interconnected people and communities actively working toward a society where all people are safe and valued and where everyone can reach their full potential.

We hold these values as guideposts for our work.

Dignity

We affirm the worth and dignity of every person in our diverse community and we meet each person with respect and compassion.

Safety

We affirm each person’s right to name and live free from physical, psychological, emotional, and economic violence and other threats to self-determination.

Self-determination

We affirm each person’s right and capacity to make choices and decisions about their own lives.

Engagement

We believe that widespread change of social norms requires participation of individuals in all their complexity, family, friends and neighbors as well as engagement of civic life and social services.

Social Change

We acknowledge that creating the community we want requires long-term strategies that will address the root causes of sexual and intimate partner violence and alter the systems and balances of power that maintain the status quo.

Social Justice

We acknowledge that ending sexual and intimate partner violence requires structural change. Social justice makes room for change to come from those communities that are most affected by social inequity.

Accomplishing our mission will come from a multi-targeted strategy focused on response to survivors, systems advocacy, community engagement, prevention initiatives, and fiscal management of our own agency.