In 1983, Mrs. Angie Golmon, wife of an American missionary of Southern Baptist, was called by God to reach out to the unfortunate girls in Taiwan who used to be teen prostitutes. With aspiration to rescue and provide counseling to those wounded souls, Angie and group of concerned Christians started the ministry and later established Taiwan Garden of Hope Foundation in 1988.
In 2003, local Christians in NYC and leaders from the Taiwan Garden of Hope were highly concerned about the plight of Chinese immigrant women who were victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Language and cultural barriers presented as two significant obstacles while seeking assistance to alleviate their helplessness. Therefore, Garden of Hope in New York was founded in 2004 to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and for the rights of all who are destitute (Proverbs 31:8).
In July 2011, Garden of Hope established the first Chinese speaking shelter- Hope House. Since then, the Hope House has served hundreds of women and children who became homeless due to domestic violence and abuse a safe space to stay.
For the past 14 years, over two thousand women and children have benefited from Garden of Hope’s crisis intervention, counseling, shelter, support groups, legal advocacy, case management, children and youth programs.
Garden of Hope keeps expanding its impacts in the community with the goal of helping victims break free from violence, recover physically, psychologically and spiritually, and rebuilding their self-esteem and independence through infusing life with hope.
Women and men are equally created in the image of God, equally enjoy God’s given value and dignity. Everyone has rights to be treated with respect, to live a life free from fear, to say no to unjust treatment, and to refuse to assume responsibility of abuser’s wrong doing.