A Place For Hope

Kids leave Fort Hope feeling loved, confident, and empowered

Kids leave Fort Hope feeling loved, confident, and empowered

We provide space for at-risk children to learn and play without a care in the world.

We provide space for at-risk children to learn and play without a care in the world.

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Taco Farm

Five day summer camp open to the public for 3rd-6th graders

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Day Camps

Available only to groups which serve at risk/needy children, foster care, and more

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Unplugged Retreat

Log out from tech and into nature. Experience a Tech-Free retreat

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Make A Difference For An At-Risk Child

Make A Difference For An At-Risk Child

Children visit Fort Hope to feel safe, valued and encouraged through old west adventure and fun mentoring.

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Hope Takes A Team: Become A Hero

Hope Takes A Team: Become A Hero

We rely on the generosity of volunteers and financial donors, both personal and business.

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WHO ARE WE

The Fort has been called many things—the ranch, a healing place, a hands-on history lesson—but it seems that words can’t quite capture it. The best concise description for Fort Hope is a frontier mentoring museum, with the ultimate goal of mentoring the children who visit.

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WHAT WE DO

Fort Hope is available by appointment to groups and organizations serving at risk/needy children, foster care, children with serious illnesses or living with a disability, children/youth ministries, camps, clubs or schools.

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Meet The Faces Behind Fort Hope

Pat Loomis
Pat Loomis
Founder and Director of Fort Hope, Patrick loves building things and working with his hands. With a love of nature, a little dream, and the support of family and friends he built Fort Hope to be a place of wonder and excitement. For over 20 years he has provided a space for at risk youth and their families to have life changing moments and experiences. As the founder he does it all, from feeding the sheep in the morning to setting up the cowboy hats and bandanas for the kids before an event, he is always there willing to serve the families that pass through our gates. Love for people, love for God, and a love for families is one of his greatest talents.
Leigh Ann Loomis
Leigh Ann Loomis
Co-Founder and CFO of Fort Hope, Leigh Ann keeps the ship running tight and smooth. When she isn’t making sure that everything runs smoothly you can find her cheerily teaching the corn husk doll crafting sessions. She teaches hands on craft skills that are gradually becoming lost because she loves seeing kids and adults come together. Her favorite moments are when the whole family proudly shares their dolls with each other. Most of her work is behind the scenes and we are truly grateful for her gentle guidance and support.
Donovan Loomis
Donovan Loomis
After 13 years in South Korea, Donovan Loomis returned to the Central Coast and is the director of the Unplugged Retreat. There he obtained a Masters in Education Administration and launched his own language education business in Korea.
With over 6 years of communication and life coaching experience he specializes in helping people see life from a different perspective and encouraging healthy discourse. Having worked with youth and adults, he has the unique ability to understand both worldviews and helps bridge the gap.