Our Purpose

We are passionate to give children and young adults the best day of their lives. Fort Hope is a Western-style frontier town with hands-on activities geared towards reaching and mentoring at risk youth.

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How It Began

The idea for Fort Hope began with a man named Pat. Inspired by his faith he built an western-style frontier town for at risk youth – especially those from single-parent homes – for them to experience the hands on activities that he loved as a child.

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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.

Our Board Members

Greg Steinberger

Lisa Hensley

Michael Hensley

John Belsher

Our Assistants

Roger Connolly – Donations Manager

Roselyn Connolly – Assistant

Our Stakeholders

Grizzly Academy

SLO Foster Children

Dept. of Social Services

Boys and Girls Clubs

Royal Family Kids Camp

Samaritan Homeless Shelter

Central Coast YMCA

Lucia Mar Unified School District

Special Education Day classes

Boy Scouts of America

Santa Maria Bonita School District

Kincares, Inc.

AG Jr. Sportsman

AG Parks and Rec

Angel Tree Ministries


Youth Groups

Private schools and Homeschools

Do You Want To Be A Hero?

Fort Hope is a 501(C)3 non-profit recognized by the IRS, Tax ID#55-0861220. We rely on the generosity of volunteers and financial donors, both personal and business.

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