building futures testimonial


Building Futures provides our residents with tangible job skills and a monetary head start when they leave the Manor

We work side by side with our residents in creating and supporting a plan to reach their educational aspirations.

The Manor of Hope team has a wealth of experience assisting residents with a broad range of goals; from completing high school credits to graduating from four-year universities and beyond. Through the support of our team and community partners, our residents can find success and move forward with their educational journey.

The “Building Futures” program is critical to ensuring our residents have the vocational and educational skills to transition out of the Manor of Hope and into the community at large.

MANOR OF HOPE education programHOW IT WORKS:

Our residents are matched with vetted small businesses throughout our local community They learn a trade or profession and gain an understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur or small business owner.

Our programs provide residents with tangible job skills and a monetary head start for when they leave the Manor of Hope.

Since our inception, we have helped residents pass the bar exam and professional certifications, graduate from prestigious universities such as Villanova University and West Chester University, to helping them complete high school degrees, enroll in local community colleges, trade programs, and much more.

A new program we are excited about is “Recovery Worx” which is sponsored by the local non-profit Cornerstone For Hope. Trainees in the program acquire valuable skills crafting high-quality wood products at the Royersford, Pa. woodshop.

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Through hands-on woodworking sessions, students create a range of items including cabinets, Adirondack chairs, custom built-ins, coffee tables, cutting boards, and more. You can explore these pieces firsthand at the Recovery Worx Studio located at 1021 Egypt Rd. Phoenixville, Pa. 19460. Find more information about the Recovery Worx vocational training program here.

Our Educational Services Include:

  • Transportation to all necessary classes
  • Working directly with academic advisors at universities and community colleges
  • Assisting in high school re-entry
  • Linking residents with tutoring programs for GED prep and coursework
  • Providing a learning center with computers and a quiet environment for completing assignments
  • Partnerships with trade schools and local business apprenticeship programs

Our comprehensive programming of individual and group activities is inspired by SAMSHA’s 8 dimensions of wellness.

Innovative restrictive tools in the areas of technology, communication, finances, and travel also encourage our residents to hold wellness as a top priority. This wholistic approach of support and restrictions ensures that clients develop and practice the coping skills, positive habits, and overall lifestyle needed for success.

The Building Futures program is a critical factor in ensuring the long-term success of Manor of Hope residents.  Our residents are matched with our small business partners throughout the community.  They: 

  • Receive vocational training and secure job skills that will last a lifetime.
  • Develop their self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence in their own abilities.
  • Acquire self-discipline and learn to work in a group environment.
  • Earn wages that will be available upon graduation to assist with a successful transition back into the community.

“Manor of Hope has been a true blessing.
Ben now has a vision for his future,
unlike anything he has had in years.

He is much more accepting of authority and the leadership of others. He is more yielding, open, and teachable.”

– Ben’s Dad

Listen as Steve Killelea, the Manor of Hope’s founder discusses how our Building Futures Program provides extensive vocational training and helps residents find long term jobs that they are excited about.

From the video:
This is very different from other programs that do not focus particularly on next steps for residents. We are acutely aware that the guys face a challenging future and getting them ready to face it and to excel is extremely important for their long-term success,”
says Steve Killelea, Manor of Hope’s founder.

“One of the things that I think is hugely important, is to not just keep guys caged up. We teach them how to work with vocational skills – and for every one of them, by that 90-day mark, we’ve found a good job!”

“We help them prepare resumes. Real job preparing for the real world. So we do resume writing with them the week before their interview – because they have to go for an interview. I don’t tell them I got you a job, I say, “I’ve got you an opportunity”.

“We do mock interviews with them and we take them to the interview and I’m always the one that takes them because it’s a happiest day for me. When they come out after the interview it’s like they won the lottery! I tell their employers to grill them and make it hard on them. When they come out to the car, it’s the first time in a long time that they’ve really felt great about themselves.”

“So I’m always there and I always take a picture – it’s kind of a cool day for me!”

Some of our Building Futures Program Partners include:

  • Creative Capital Wealth Management Group
  • Signature Galleries and First Avenue Woodworking Studio

Read more about our partners here

Meet Steve.

47 rehabs, 4 overdoses, homelessness, and a 6-month court-mandated program did not deter him. 

Steve is now working part-time at a trendy restaurant, through our Building Futures Program and starting his addiction-free journey.

When he was younger, Steve took several culinary classes and developed an interest in cooking. Manor of Hope Founder, Steve Killelea recognized Steve’s interest in the culinary arts and partnered with local restauranteur Andrew Deery, executive chef and owner of Majolica restaurant to provide Steve with the education he desired.

Steve spends most of his days learning to prepare gastronomic feasts for Majolica’s patrons. He is braising rabbits, making bread and pasta, blanching octopus and preparing soups, and enjoying his rediscovered work ethic and his love of learning.

Please read Steve’s story and learn more about his journey with the Building Futures Program.