Breaking the Cycle Is a Group Effort.
Hope Connection International (HCI) is a multi-faceted recovery and prevention center that connects with organizations worldwide to empower survivors of abuse and addiction by offering free support groups, education, and sponsorships with tailored solutions, along with supportive, long-term housing.
We are trying to reach young people at a time in their lives before they become lifetime addicts, criminals, or abusers. "Hurting people hurt people"; hence, our philosophy is to help young people through the healing process from whatever issues have hindered them in life so that they become healthy, well-adjusted, contributing members of society. We want them to experience the powerful healing of Christ so they will be able to impact others.
No matter what has happened to you or what you've been through, there is HOPE.
PHASE I: Support Groups -- (Since 2012)
Mending the Soul classes offered for domestic violence and abuse recovery; this program also addresses any victims who witnessed abuse, were abandoned as children, or who need further healing from past trauma to strengthen their marriages and families.
PHASE II: Community Care Center -- (Since 2014)
Our Community Care Center offers free support groups and enrichment classes, reaching out to parents and teens with crisis prevention resources, as well as after-care support for victims of domestic violence, loved ones of addicts, and others, with education and resources to promote the healing process.
PHASE III: Deja Vu Furniture And Home Decor -- (Since 2017)
A used furniture and home decor thrift store to support Hope Connection in its cause to provide assistance to survivors of abuse and addiction. Location: 1301-B Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, NC 27606
PHASE IV: Supportive Housing -- (Fundraising in Progress)
Provide a supportive housing center for victims of domestic violence who are in distress. Supply these women and their children with all of the tools they need to be successful on their own: education, child care, support groups, legal assistance, and a safe place to live. Programs will be milestone-based rather than time-based. Additionally, provide a long term transitional housing program for those recovering from addiction: a tiny home community, free from temptation, that will guide reformed addicts back into society as productive citizens. We are currently raising funds to make an offer on a property to fulfill this vision.
Debra Barkett is the founder and president of Hope Connection International, which obtained 501(c)3 non-profit status in July of 2012. Hope Connection originated out of Clayton, North Carolina, in Johnston County, but is now based in Wake County, North Carolina.
Debra has a Master's degree in Education with minors in Psychology, Bible, English, and Business.
After almost twenty years of teaching young people in our educational system, working in church youth ministries across the country, and volunteering with inner city Chicago teenagers, God has given Debra a passion to reach the needs of our future generation today in real and practical ways.
Many teens and young adults in our culture today have a need to share deep hurts and find healthy ways to cope with devastating issues in their lives. Debra has a heart to reach these young people before they go too far down the wrong path and guide them to the power and peace they can experience through the healing love of Christ and others who are there to support them.
Greg is an Internet Product Specialist for Hendrick Toyota of Apex in Apex, NC. He works with a team to meet the vehicle needs of a booming population growth in the area. Prior to the last few years, Greg was in Information Technology contract staffing and an Advanced Services Manager for Cisco Systems where he had global responsibilities for AS Academy, a talent creation and development organization.
In addition to his vast experience, Greg spent many years as a leader in the Boy Scouts organization. In his own words, "I got much more than I gave to the Scouts, seeing boys grow into young men with outstanding morals and the knowledge to be self sufficient."
One of Greg's previous employees said this: "Greg is an excellent leader who is able to adapt and navigate change; he is able to coach and mentor those that need extra help, and has a natural ability to quickly read and understand people. One of my favorite things about Greg is how he cares about those around him. He never just listens, but is truly interested, and it shows. Greg brings all of these traits together in a modest and effective style of leadership."
Greg's children, Mason and Miranda, are both at Appalachian State University. Greg lives in Apex, NC with his wife Barbara.
Diane is a Duke University graduate with a degree in Computer Science and Economics, a teacher who initiated robotics program at a local high school, a volunteer for multiple non-profit organizations, an entrepreneur, and a substitute teacher for Wake County public schools.
Diane is a software design professional with experience in designing, documenting, coding and testing telecommunications software as well as information technology software. Diane is detailed oriented and passionate about her craft.
Diane has enjoyed being active in her church working with children's ministries such as choir, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School as well as women's group ministries. She helped start a quilting group at her church, Resurrection Lutheran, to make quilts to be distributed around the world through Lutheran World Relief. Diane has been active Leader in La Leche League, a breastfeeding support group, for many years. Through membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames 17th Century, Diane supports educational and historical efforts.
Diane oversees volunteer opportunities related to our fundraising partnership with Duke University sporting events.
Margy is a scientific professional with more than 25 years customer service experience including document management, quality review, data management, regulatory compliance, and IT system support.
Margy served several years volunteering with HCI, either relating to our fundraising partnership with Duke University, outreach programs, or special events.
Margery enjoys spending time with her two grown children, Robert a student at Texas Christian University and Hanna, who is currently a military wife living in North Carolina.
Evadne Morakis is a seasoned individual who has worked in Southern California most of her career in Logistics and Production as a controller and purchasing agent.
She has lived in North Carolina for approximately eight years now and is working for a National Real Estate firm as a technology support manager.
Evadne currently lives with her daughter and grandson. She exhibits servant leadership, which is an ongoing goal and priority to make as part of her lifestyle.
She has served at Hope Connection helping to facilitate with the Mending the Soul abuse recovery support groups and volunteer and administrative work.
Evelyn is a Raleigh, North Carolina native of 60 years. She has held the role of secretary, bookkeeper, and manager in her family automotive repair/convenience store business for 13 years. She cashiered for Leith Automotive and is currently employed at Duke Health as an Access Specialist in Orthopaedics.
Evelyn attended Wake Technical Community College and graduated in December 2016 with a degree in Office Administration. She holds the office of Notary for the State of North Carolina.
She is the mother of three children, eight grandchildren, and mom to her toy poodle “Moo.” She has held various positions in her local church, school committees, and the local community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, studying the Bible, carpentry, and sewing crafts for both family and friends.
Suzy was born and raised in London, England and came to the US at the age of 21. She studied Travel and Tourism Management in Ft.Lauderdale, FL and has worked for two major tour operators as well as American Express Platinum Travel. She has also spent several years in the Customer Service field. She has been employed as a Group Service Advisor for Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC.
Suzy has served at Hope Community Church in the Singles Ministry on the Leadership and Planning teams and loves to see how so many lives have been changed through that ministry. She is an avid Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat fan. She lives with her adult son, Willy and her furry daughter Casey in Clayton, NC.
Founder + President
Business Consultants: Mary Affee, Stephen and Christy Cochran, Josh Darville, Jayme Dimitroff, Larry Gilson, Jackie McKenzie, Rex Osborne, Rex Vick, John White
Web Administrator: Jeff Barnhill
Accountant: Nell Ban
Former Board Members
Sandy Reynolds Jones
Charter Board Members
Stephanie Jones Caddell