The non-profit organization allows participants to experience the culture and life in a developing country. Participants build a house alongside Dominican volunteers within the designated community and interact with the local children. They also have the opportunity to bring donations of clothing, medical and hygiene items, and school supplies and interact with local children. The Dominican volunteers are receiving or hope to receive a house in the future. Participants are able to make a tangible and intangible difference, bringing these experiences home with them to continue making a difference.
To date, D.R. H.O.P.E. has built 106 houses and repaired 13 houses for deserving families within the mountain communities in the Dominican Republic. Over 1,200 participants have volunteered to help D.R. H.O.P.E. achieve their goal of building thriving, sustainable communities, including high-school, university and adult groups.
San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic
D.R. H.O.P.E. is currently working in the community of Rancho Arriba, located in the province of San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic. D.R. H.O.P.E. has previously worked in Las Espinas, Mahoma and most recently Arroya Manteca. Due to the need in Rancho Arriba, D.R. H.O.P.E. has committed to working there for the winter of 2016.
Availability for Booking
Individuals interested in participating or organizing a volunteer trip with D.R. H.O.P.E. are encouraged to contact us for available dates. Typically volunteer trips take place between January and May each year.
D.R. H.O.P.E. Committee
D.R. H.O.P.E. is comprised of extremely dedicated committee members. Founded in 2006, D.R. H.O.P.E.continues to grow and flourish as a non-profit charitable organization, accredited in 2014. D.R. H.O.P.E. is thankful to the many individuals who have believed in the program and continued to work within the organization, both in Canada and the Dominican Republic, in order to build and sustain this successful program.
Chair of the Board: Jean Grzelak. Founder of D.R. H.O.P.E. in 2006 alongside Richard Grzelak.
President: Allison McLean. Involved since 2006.
Vice-President: Murielle Weryho. Involved since 2008.
Executive Director: Audrius Stonkus. Involved since 2011.
Secretary: Lindsey McCann. Involved since 2011.
Treasurer: Emily Weryho. Involved since 2014.