Press Release: Carolyn Holly, President of Faces of Hope Foundation, Retiring in December

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Boise, ID – September 5, 2023 –After seven years of public service and support for survivors, Carolyn Holly, Faces of Hope Foundation’s president, is retiring.

Holly passionately supported efforts to provide safety and empowerment to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, human trafficking, and stalking. Holly joined the Faces of Hope Foundation board in 2016 and was elected president of the board in 2018. Holly dedicated her efforts to building awareness about Faces of Hope Foundation and the organization’s efforts to ensure every victim finds help, hope, and healing.

Holly, a long-time media personality in Boise, used her passion to grow support for survivor services. During her tenure as president, the Foundation significantly increased the number of survivors who came to Faces of Hope for support. In 2023, Faces of Hope Foundation is opening a second location in Meridian to better support clients who live in Meridian, Star, Eagle, and Kuna by providing services like case management, crisis counseling, legal advocacy, and more in a more accessible space. Holly spearheaded efforts for this second location, opening in late 2023, to ensure the Foundation meets the growing needs of survivors.

Under Holly’s leadership, the Foundation provided support to its 6,000th client in May of this year. Her guidance allowed the organization to increase its budget from $250,000 to nearly $2 million. This financial growth allows Faces of Hope Foundation to provide services to 20 survivors a day.

Holly’s efforts made it possible for the Foundation to support survivors with a crisis counseling program in 2018, a legal program in 2020, and case management in 2021. During Holly’s tenure, the Foundation began funding the University of Idaho Family Justice Clinic which provides law students the opportunity to develop legal skills while providing free legal assistance to survivors of interpersonal violence.

“It has been a wonderful honor to serve as the Faces of Hope Foundation board president,” Holly said. “The Foundation has grown immensely to help every survivor who reaches out for help. With community support we expanded our staff and services so clients can be heard, feel respected, and move on in their lives. The all-volunteer Foundation Board is strong and will continue efforts to ensure there is help, hope, and healing for those who need us the most.”

“Carolyn Holly’s impact in our community is unending,” said Tommy Ahlquist, Faces of Hope Foundation’s first board president. “Because of Carolyn’s leadership, Faces of Hope Foundation provides services and resources to all qualified clients at zero cost to them. Opening the second Faces location gives survivors immediate access to care which empowers and grounds victims so they can work through trauma. There are no alternatives to the type of crisis care in the Treasure Valley. Our community is better because of Carolyn.”

“Carolyn’s unwavering belief in the Faces of Hope Foundation’s mission and her guidance through challenges and triumphs will be felt for years to come,” said Paige Dinger, Executive Director for Faces of Hope Foundation. “I am truly humbled and honored to have served with Carolyn as she genuinely cares about this community.”

Thanks to Holly, Faces of Hope Foundation is here for every victim when they need care.