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Scott taps ‘Place of Hope’ executive director to faith-based board

by Dara Kam | February 17th, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott has Palm Beach Gardens-based “Place of Hope” executive director Charles L. Bender to the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council.

Bender is one of eight new appointees Scott placed on the 11-member panel tasked with enlisting the aid of volunteer organizations to provide social services to Floridians. The council also makes recommendations to the governor and legislature about expanding the use of faith-based groups in government.

Place of Hope, financed in part by Christ Fellowship Church, opened more than a decade ago in Palm Beach Gardens and includes six “cottages” for foster families. Some of the state‚Äôs neediest children living in the gated community take horseback riding lessons and boating trips on the weekends.

While president, George W. Bush praised Bender for his work with foster children, calling Place of Hope a model for charitable church-state partnerships. Bender, who earned more than $213,000 as the head of the non-profit in 2010, served on a similar board under Gov. Jeb Bush a decade ago.

Bender’s group drew fire from critics of Jeb Bush’s faith-based initiatives after its link to the Department of Children and Families because the child welfare organization is so directly linked to Christianity. Place of Hope and its affiliates provide a variety of services for foster children, including transitional housing for former foster children who have aged out of the program, as well as adoption services and intervention for troubled families.

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2 Responses to “Scott taps ‘Place of Hope’ executive director to faith-based board”

  1. parents beware they will abuse your child and lie about it Says:

    A lot of Christian Organizations claim to be in the business of protecting out children including the DCF. IN reality some are nothing more than houses of horror where they put our little children to be sexually abused by others. Then when caught they lie and cover up the crimes for their friends and lovers. Read the documents here. The prook at Sheriff Gary Borders of Lake County and his friends had their own private boys ranch for over 20 years. It was the scene of rapes after rapes all covered up by the sheriff.

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  2. ronan Says:

    ender, who earned more than $213,000 as the head of the non-profit in 2010, served on a similar board under Gov. Jeb Bush a decade ago

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