H.O.P.E. Homeschool Families began about 17 years ago with 3 moms who were just starting their homeschool journey getting together to share ideas, encourage one another and build friendships. Though, we did not have an official name at that time. Soon a few more families joined and in 1999 the informal gathering had grown to over 10 families and decided to organize into a support group. Thus, the T.E.A.C.H.E.R.S. Group was born. (Thurmont - Emmitsburg Area Christian Home Educators Resource and Support Group.) This clever acronym was created by founding member, Susan Garcia and used for over 5 years. Under this name we began our first co-op classes meeting twice a month at an area church. T.E.A.C.H.E.R.S. grew steadily as more and more families made the decision to homeschool and sought support from those with some experience. However, our name led many people and organizations to think we represented a group of public school teachers and caused some confusion when we registered for field trips or other activities. It was also quite a mouthful! So, in about 2003 we began searching for another name.
After some discussion, suggestions and sharing ideas, we changed our name to Hope Homeschool Group. However, that alone didn't seem to convey enough about our purpose and mission. Since we were so used to explaining our previous acronym, we decided to go for another one. Thus "Hope" became an acronym for: Homeschooling in Obedience with Prayer and Encouragement. (However, our teenage members had some suggestions as well and still maintain that HOPE stands for Homeschoolers Opposed to Public Education! )
Today, H.O.P.E. Homeschool Families has a membership of over 45 families with about 125 children from babies to 18. Over the years, many strong and life-long friendships have been formed between parents and children through the activities of H.O.P.E. We are grateful to God for the opportunity to nurture His people and further His Kingdom.