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About the Founder
Founder and President
In 1985, Sara Trollinger, a former schoolteacher, was led by the Lord to establish a faith-based ministry, House of Hope in Orlando, FL. This ministry is a residential program where hurting, troubled teens can learn to accept responsibility, submit to authority, and get along with peers and adults. The emphasis in this Christ-centered environment is on healing and restoring teens and their families.
Sara started house of hope with five people praying and $200. Today, House of Hope Orlando has changed the lives of hundreds of young people, their families, and countless friends. In 2001, Sara founded National House of Hope, which is the catalyst for developing Houses of Hope across America House of Hope Orlando serves as the National model after which other Houses of Hope pattern.
NHOH's Headquarters and Training Seminar site are located in the Educational Arts Center on House of Hope Orlando's ten-acre campus. The campus is debt-free and consists of five teen residences, a chapel, a gymnasium, administrative and counseling offices in the Life Center, a cafe, a staff housing, the Ministry house, and housing for visitors, interns, and those on campus for Seminars and Conferences. The Educational Arts Center houses the school, Hope Academy, an art room, a library, and Ryan's Rec Room for the teens.
Graduating with a Bachelors Degree from the University of North Carolina and obtaining a Masters Degree from the University of South Florida, Sara taught for 25 years in Orlando, FL. For 15 of those years, she taught emotionally handicapped youth. Teaching became the catalyst for Sara's vision to start House of Hope.
Sara is the author of 12 books, the most familiar of which is Unglued and Tattooed. She is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award for the National Religious Alliance Against Pornography, the recipient of the Florida Family Council Family Champion Award and has received the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International.