In 2008, Matt and Marianne Spangler traveled to Honduras on a family mission trip with their 5 children. Inspired to continue serving there, they founded Legacy of Hope in 2011, sold their belongings and relocated to La Celba, Honduras. Starting with a church plant and feeding program, their focus shifted to helping children in crisis and they moved to Santa Rosa de Copan in 2013.
Legacy of Hope provides holistic care to orphans and abandoned children in the Western Honduras. They operate several programs to address children’s need – an emergency shelter for children who have been rescued from dangerous situations, a foster care home and placement agency for abandoned and at-risk children, an outreach program to preserve local families in desperate need, and a kindergarten and elementary school for the children in their care. Each of the Legacy of Hope programs operates in a separate building, all located in the same neighborhood at a walkable distance from one another. Legacy of Hope and the Hovde Foundation partnered in 2017 to purchase and remodel the two buildings being used for the foster care program and emergency shelter. The only resource of its kind in this area, Legacy of Hope currently serves around 20 children a day and reaches over 120 children a year. Once the updates are completed, the “Hovde Houses” will have doubled their daily housing capacity, allowing Legacy of Hope to reach even more children in need as they pursue their vision to defend children, preserve families and restore hope.