Hopeful Horizons
PO Box 1775
Beaufort SC 29901-1775
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address PO Box 1775
Beaufort, SC 299011775
Telephone (843) 524-2256
Fax (843) 524-0597
E-mail wentworthp!hopefulhorizons.org
Projected Annual Revenue $1,100,000.00 (2016)
Mission Statement

We will provide safety, hope and healing to survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault through treatment, support, education, prevention and awareness.   

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Suryani (Shauw Chin) Capps
Board Chair Mr. J. Michael Jordan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Nexsen Pruet
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Hope Cottage, Inc.2005
Hope Haven2016
Citizen's Opposed to Domestic Abuse2016
Financial Summary
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We will provide safety, hope and healing to survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault through treatment, support, education, prevention and awareness.   


Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Inc. began in 1998 as the Children's Advocacy Task Force to serve child victims of abuse in the 14th Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. At that time, children who were alleged victims of sexual and/or physical abuse had to travel to Charleston for evaluation, a distance of 180 miles round trip for DSS, law enforcement personnel, and families. This caused a group of dedicated community member to commit to making the services of a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) available to our local area. In 2002, the Children's Advocacy Task Force and the local Rape Crisis Center merged to become Hope Haven of the Lowcountry. Hope Haven is a fully accredited and fully functioning CAC serving the five counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and Allendale. Four out of the five counties are rural underserved communities. In 2005, Hope Haven was fully accredited by the National Children's Alliance as meeting best practice standards for a Children's Advocacy Center.


Accomplishments from the past year:

1. Successfully completed a three year capital campaign to raise $200,000 for expanding direct service capacity
2. Selected to participate in a prestigious evidence based Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention learning collaborative with Yale University 
3.  Successfully moved to our new expanded facility in 2014
4. Spearheaded and renewed the 14th Judicial Circuit Child Abuse Response Team protocol to formalize partnerships with all key government and non-government agencies charged with the investigation, protection, prosecution and treatment of child abuse cases
Goals for current year:
1.  Expansion of our Strengthening Families Program to an additional county
2. Add a Spanish speaking Therapist to provide treatment services to our Latino population
3. Build an additional wing to our current facility to add six new office spaces to accommodate growth 
4. Increase our fundraising goal by at least 20% 

To comfort children and families we meet each day, we need the essential supplies listed on our Amazon.com wish list (simply click on wish list and search for Hope Haven)  In addition, we always need the following: 

  • bottled water
  • individually wrapped snack items (goldfish, Cheez-its, fruit snacks, granola/cereal bar, peanut butter crackers, pretzels)
  • gas cards 
  • Wal-Mart/ Staples gift cards 
  • journals (appropriate for girls and boys)
  • printer paper 
  • easel paper
  • Crayola washable markers - 10 pack
Hope Haven is an established organization with a focused mission. Our mission requires certain services and programs that are not time limited and delivered my qualified professionals. As such our funding needs has to do with covering the general operations of the organization to ensure sustainibility of these core services.


We are also always recruiting volunteers who are play a critical role in Hope Haven's ability to provide 24/7 crisis intervention services of victims of sexual violence through a hotline and hospital accompaniment. All our crisis intervention volunteers go through a 25 hours training provided by Hope Haven to prepare them to be advocates for victims of child abuse and sexual violence. Other volunteer opportunities include front office/reception duties, help with outreach events, fundraising events, general office work.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

On February 18, 2004, the children’s advocacy bill (S500) was signed into law in the state of South Carolina. The law specifically states that “the General Assembly finds that Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the State desirable in promoting a timely, coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach for the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases, thereby enhancing the safety of children and minimizing the trauma created for children.”

While we all can readily admit that we do not have a perfect system for handling child abuse cases, it is important to emphasize that the uniqueness of Hope Haven is the organization's ability to work within an imperfect system with the goal of creating positive change through positive collaboration and partnership with law enforcement, DSS and the prosecutor's office to aid in their investigation, protection/treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases. In addition, Hope Haven is the only Rape Crisis Center meeting the needs of adult rape victims by providing 24/7 support. Hope Haven seeks to be the voice for those who have no voice and a safe haven for victims to find hope and healing. 
Board Chair Statement In the 5 years that I have served as Board Chair, I am amazed at the level of professional work that goes on behind the scenes at Hope Haven with the goal of protecting the most vulnerable population in our community - abused children and rape victims. I have had the privilege of working alongside an organization that implements best practice standards and evidence based models in their intervention and prevention work. I am also impressed by the level of accountability that the staff has in the work they do. All programs at Hope Haven are outcomes based so you know that your investments will produce positive results. I am honored to serve as Board Chair of Hope Haven and look forward to provide the support and leadership it needs to fulfill its mission.
Areas of Service
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Hopeful Horizons serves the 14th judicial circuit of South Carolina which includes the counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper, Hampton and Allendale.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. J. Michael Jordan
Company Affiliation Nexsen Pruet
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Email mjordan@nexsenpruet.com
Board of Directors
David Ames CEO of AMESCO
Meredith Bannon SC Prosecutor
Terri Brashears Liberty Tax
Gloria Daly Development Director Hilton Head Island Orchestra
Kenneth Hagstrom Retired CPA
Mary T. Johnson Women In Philanthropy
J. Michael Jordan Nexsen Pruet
Andre Nougaret Helps Ministry Coordinator
Marianne Rothnie Boys and Girls Club Volunteer Coordinator
Marsha Smith Retired Prosecutor
Kim Statler SC Dept. of Commerce
Jeanette Taylor-Jones Attorney, registered nurse and former business owner
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
The main focus of Hope Haven's Board is to ensure the financial stability of the organization, to provide oversight for finances and policies related to the functioning of Hope Haven and to support the executive director through supervision and ongoing evaluation. Board members must be committed to participate actively in fund development and must set an example of giving to the organization. The day to day work of Hope Haven belongs to the executive director and the Board supports her/him to advance the mission of Hope Haven. There is a clear delineation of the function of the Board and the function of the executive director.  
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Ms. Suryani (Shauw Chin) Capps
Experience Shauw Chin Capps came to the leadership position of Hope Haven with more than 15 years of hands-on program and management experience in the rape crisis and child abuse intervention/prevention field. She joined Hope Haven in August 2003 as Executive Director where she oversees all operations and programs of the Children's Advocacy and Rape Crisis Center. Shauw Chin is a member of the Prevent Child Abuse America Network, and the Healthy Families America (HFA) network. She is also a certified Forensic Interviewer via The American Prosecutors Research Institute's National Child Protection Training Center. She entered the profession in 1995 with the Center for Women and Families as a rape crisis program therapist in Louisville Kentucky. She then served with Louisville's Family and Children's Counseling Center as a program supervisor which included statedwide and national training for Family Support Workers. While there, she became a State Technical Assitant Specialist with a team to draft and implement program policies for all Healthy Family sites across the state of Kentucky as well as a national trainer for Great Kids, Inc. Shauw Chin has a Masters Degree in clinical social work and began work in the child abuse prevention field during her undergraduate study at Baylor University in Texas where she serves as a case worker for the Methodist Children's Home.
Former Executive Director/CEOs
Barbara Carnel 2002 - 2003
Senior Staff
Mrs. Ashley Bratcher Director of Clinical Services
Jean Brown Executive Assistant
Marian Lindsey Program Manager
James Morrall Director of Prevention and Outreach
Full Time Staff 16
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 50
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 70%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2012
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The Abuse Prevention Coalition (APC) is a collaboration between, CAPA, CODA and Hope Haven to jointly implement violence prevention programs in our local communities. This joint effort allows for the pooling of resources and expertise to more effectively implement programs that address the root cause of sexual violence, domestic violence and child abuse. Hope Haven partners with all law enforcement,  DSS agencies in the five counties, the Solicitor of the 14th judicial circuit, along with other organizations that provide services to abused children, to form a multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This MDT approach adheres to best practice standards in handling child abuse cases and seek to coordinate all the efforts of investigation, protection, treatment, and prosecution to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children. Hope Haven has had a very successful partnership and continues to partner with the Antioch Educational Center in Jasper County to implement our Strengthening Families Program.
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Children's Alliance - Accreditation2005
Civitas Awards for Business Excellence - Non-Profit OrganizationBeaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce2005
Giving Back Award - Community SpiritCharleston Magazine2008
BEST of Project BEST Award: Outstanding efforts and dedication in implementing and sustaining trauma-informed evidence-based practices for children and their families in South CarolinaProject BEST2011
Description The CAC program is designed to coordinate the efforts of agencies charged with the investigation, protection, prosecution and treatment of child abuse cases. In addition, the program provides specialized services that are critical in aiding the investigation, prosecution process and ensures healing for the child victims. The program serves all children who are alleged victims of child abuse, which includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, witness to family violence, drug endangered children, and trafficked children. The main goal of this program is to use the multi-disciplinary team approach to ensure that all abused children who go through the system are not re-victimized by the very system designed to protect them. Another goal is to provide evidence based trauma focused treatment services that will help reduce the negative impact of abuse. When a child discloses allegations concerning sexual and/or severe physical abuse, a forensic interview is conducted.  All referrals for interviews must come from Law Enforcement and/or DSS. The Team (Law Enforcement, Department of Social Services, Guardian ad Litem, Hospital personnel, Mental Health personnel, and representatives from the Solicitor’s office) observes the interview via closed circuit television in an adjoining room. The interviewer follows a nationally recognized protocol to gather information pertaining to the abuse allegations. Following the interview, the findings are discussed with the team and non-offending caregiver and a safety plan is devised.  If the interview findings warrant it, a forensic medical examination will be scheduled and provided by Hope Haven's Child Abuse Medical provider. The team (Multi-Disciplinary Team) makes recommendations which may include, counseling, family advocacy, and follow up services. The MDT meets twice a month for case discussions, to assure that no child falls through the cracks.
Budget 684000
Short Term Success Short term successes include: 1. Increase collaborative/response system 2. Reduce the impact of abuse
Long Term Success To increase successful prosecution of child abuse cases and enhance the effectiveness of the system in handling child abuse cases with the child's well being as the focus.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Under each short term goals are indicators which are monitored by various measurement tools: 1. Increase Collaborative/Response System  Indicator#1: 80% of cases referred to Hope Haven by law enforcement and DSS will be processed within 10 days of referral (measurend by our electronic client tracking sytem) Inidcator #2: 75% of non-offending caregivers will report receiving seamless and integrated services from Hope Haven (measured by administration of a Caregiver Satisfaction Survey upon completion of services. Indicator #3: 80% of MDT members will participate in monthly case review Tracked by all sign-in sheets for case review meetings Indicator #4: 70% of MDT members will report high team functioning based on annual survey (all MDT members complete an annual survey at the end of each calendar year) Indicator #5: 85% of survey completed by Law Enforcement and DSS personnel will indicate that the forensic interview process provided them with more thorough knowledge of the evidence of the case (Law Enforecement and DSS personnel complete a forensic interview survey which captures the data)   2. Reducing the impact of abuse   Indicator #1: 75% of families will follow through with mental health recommendations (tracked by our client tracking system) Indicator #2: 80% of families will follow through with medical recommendations (tracked by our client tracking system) Indicator #3: 80% of families will have an average posttest score of between 20 and 25 on the CSA indicating increased abilities to protect their children after receiving services from the program (Caregiver Self Assessment survey completed by caregivers before and after services) Indicator #4: Children/families who complete mental health treatment will have a decreased Posttest score of at least 12 on the UCLA-PTSD Index (administer pre and post clinical measurement)
Description Hope Haven’s Rape Crisis Intervention Program provides 24/7 advocacy and support for victims for rape and their loved ones. The program serves adult victims of rape, sexual assault and incest and the loved ones impacted by the crime.The main goal of the Rape Crisis Intervention Program is to ensure that at least 80% of rape victims served will receive critical services at the point of crisis which can help pave the way for healing and recovery. Our 24/7 crisis intervention services provide support, medical and court advocacy, and counseling for victims and their families. Our victim advocate offers crisis counseling over the phone or in person, makes appropriate referrals for services that victims need, ensures that rape victims have proper access to medical care, provides information regarding reporting procedures and provides overall emotional support. Victims and loved ones also have access to our counseling services by our full-time licensed professional counselors. Our counselors provides individual, family and group counseling.
Budget 269384
Short Term Success Victims of sexual assault will receive professional support in a timely manner
Long Term Success Mitigate the long term impact of sexual assault/rape by providing professional intervention and victim advocacy at the point of crisis.
Strategy No
Program Success Monitored BY Logic model to monitor results. Tools used include surveys, standardized treatment measurements.
Description Hope Haven's prevention programs focus on addressing the root causes of sexual violence and helps families build on the protective factors that make them strong to prevent child abuse and neglect. In the field of prevention, this is called primary prevention. We believe that the protection of children from  abuse is the responsibility of adults and as such Hope Haven prevention program equips adults who care for children with the knowledge and skills to prevent, react and respond responsibly to child sexual abuse. We utilize a curriculum developed by Darkness to Light called Stewards of Children: Adults Resolving Child Sexual Abuse in Community. Hope Haven partners with local school dsitricts to implement this program with all incoming/new teachers. Hope Haven has also partnered with a national organization called Men can Stop Rape to implement the Men of Strength (MOST) Clubs in local middle and high schools. We facilitate a total of 8 clubs in six different schools. The MOST Club is considered to be the country's premier primary violence prevention program for mobilizing young men to prevent sexual and dating violence. MOST Club provides young men with a structured and supportive space to build individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships. The club employs a 22-week curriculum profiled by the National Crime Prevention Council as one of our nation's promising strategies to prevent domestic violenct crimes. Hope Haven also implements an evidence based program called Strengthening Families Program which is a 14 week program for families to grow their family skills and reduce problem behaviors and improve family relationships.
Budget 204000
Short Term Success Adults who recieve the Stewards of Children training will experience an increase in knowledge on the dynamics of child sexual abuse, strategies to prevent, potential signs of abuse and steps to take when abuse happens. Boys participating in the MOST Clubs will learn how culture impacts their views about manhood and they will start to be able to discern what those messages might mean and how they impact behaviors. Families who graduate from the Strengthening Families will experience increased positive communication, child compliance, positive discipline and structured family time.
Long Term Success The long term goal of our child sexual abuse prevention program is the establishment of sound child protection policies in all child/youth serving organizations which includes all staff/volunteers being properly trained. Adults who are for children will also be more likely to make reports of suspected abuse. The long term goal for the MOST Clubs is change the culture of violence among our male young adults where violence is no longer part of the norm in defining masculinity. The long term goal of the Strengthening Families Program is to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY All prevention programs have established/standardized pre and post test used to measure success.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Revenue $1,100,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,100,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$240,308$306,142$197,478
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$187$212$87
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$5,000$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$895,556$680,683$541,650
Administration Expense$72,624$59,543$46,319
Fundraising Expense$15,486$23,140$38,986
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.140.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%89%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%3%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$335,958$374,692$201,771
Current Assets$201,395$260,163$150,680
Long-Term Liabilities$35,201$45,500$0
Current Liabilities$15,030$22,684$3,336
Total Net Assets$285,727$306,508$198,435
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.4011.4745.17
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%12%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Dates Sept 2012 to Sept 2015
Amount Raised To Date 200000 as of July 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2017
Organization Comments Our main challenge at Hope Haven is raising the funds that fuel our core programs/services. In addition, the demands for our professional services continue to increase each year and the number of victims/families we serve also increase each year. Hope Haven's Board of Directors is diligent about making fund development a priority. The organization continues to implement a fund development plan that focuses on cultivating/stewarding donors and increasing individual donor contributions. The national giving data continues to show us that individuals make up the majority of giving in our country. At Hope Haven, we strive to mirror the national giving data in order to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization.
Nonprofit Hopeful Horizons
Address PO Box 1775
Beaufort, SC 299011775
Primary Phone (843) 524-2256
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Suryani (Shauw Chin) Capps
Board Chair Mr. J. Michael Jordan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Nexsen Pruet
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Hope Cottage, Inc.
Hope Haven
Citizen's Opposed to Domestic Abuse