The Hacienda of Hope began in 2003 with the focus of providing for children who needed a safe place to call home. Through the years it has become a legalized foundation that not only offers a home but also schooling for children who otherwise would have fallen through the cracks.
The Hacienda of Hope is made of four casas, each with a set of house parents and a maximum of ten children. The casas are created to provide a family type atmosphere for the children during this incredibly hard time of being separated from their family. Each child is provided with a specialized behavior and academic plan developed by a team of psychologists, social workers and educators who work on campus. Best practice is implemented in all areas from house parent trainings, child counseling, parent counseling, education and spiritual formation.
The Hacienda works with the Ecuadorian government in providing a haven for children who have been abused and neglected. However, the work doesn´t stop there. After receiving a child, the Hacienda seeks out the child´s family and begins intensive parenting classes and therapies to teach the parents how to become a safe and secure family. The main goal with every child received is to place them back with family whenever possible.
Due to the trauma most children have when they arrive at the Hacienda they are very behind academically. The public-school system in Ecuador lacks in the ability to provide adequate leveling for children who are behind, therefore the Hacienda of Hope Academy was created to provide education and leveling. Through the years it has been evident God has bigger plans than can be asked or imagined. A home that housed the same 16 children for its first ten years grew to providing a safe place to over 50 children in the last five years. A school that began for those same 16 children now provides a high level of education for over 260 children on a daily basis.
The Reeger Family
Justin and Jauna Reeger have directed the of the Hacienda of Hope since 2013. Justin grew up in Lubbock, TX and Jauna grew up in Quito, Ecuador. They met while working at the Children’s Home of Lubbock. Both received their master’s in social work at The University of Texas and have worked with children and their families for 17 years. They have four children, Maria, Kaidan, Kaleb and Addison.