Phone: (832) 779-2190

hope@hoperisingministries.org

Mission, Vision & Values

Hope Rising is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and licensed Texas Foster Care Agency dedicated to the rescue and restoration of minors rescued from human sex trafficking.

What We Do

We provide a specialized trauma-informed continuum of care from rescue and emergency assessment and long term specialized foster care to transitional living and continued support after a child turns 18.  

Who We Serve

We serve children who have suffered sexual trauma and/or exploitation and specialize in helping survivors of human sex trafficking.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide long-term care and recovery for minor children who have been rescued from human sex trafficking and exploitation.  Hope Rising is committed to instilling hope, offering a future to these minors, and fostering wholeness and healing.

Our Location

Headquartered in Washington County, our Brenham office, as a licensed Child Placement Agency and serves Counties within a 150 mile radius. This area of service includes Harris County, Fort Bend and Austin County. 

Long Term Commitment

Hope Rising believes strongly in long-term, committed relationships being key to the success of the minors they work with. Foster families are a significant piece of the puzzle, therefore Hope Rising invests heavily in the training and ongoing support of our foster care network.

Teaching, Training & Equiping

Education and awareness are key to preventing human sex trafficking. Hope Rising provides certification training to foster parents, caregivers, law enforcement, bio-parents and mentors ensuring that all will have the tools needed to address the child’s trauma and achieve lasting results.

Meet the Hope Rising Team

Sherri Clement

Sherri Clement

Founder, President, Executive Director

Sherri holds a BS Degree in Marketing Communications with over 12 years’ experience as owner and operator of Blue Planet Studio, a Marketing Communications Firm. She has over 20 years of experience in Marketing in the corporate world. She has spearheaded the development and refinement of the Hope Rising residential aftercare and equine therapy program over the last 7 years. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her accomplishments as a nonprofit Executive Director include the following:

  • Founded Hope Rising and was active in prevention, awareness, outreach, and rescue of minor girls who had been sex trafficked.
  • Certified Trainer for the internationally accepted Hands that Heal Certification Training designed to equip caregivers to work with human trafficking victims.
  • Certified Victims Advocate
  • Certified EAGALA and Natural Lifemanship – Equine Specialist

Gayle Brittain

Gayle Brittain

Director of Equine Program

Gayle Brittain is a World Champion Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee. She is a certified Equine Specialist (EAGALA model). She oversees all equine facilities and equine program therapy horses. She was drawn to Hope Rising because, she says, “Hope Rising is combining a safe, family oriented environment, along with Christian values, and an equine therapy model like no other is succeeding in rebuilding the young mind and spirit into a productive, and balanced member of society.” She knows horses and horse psychology and loves people, especially children. This makes for a strong equine therapy team member and an excellent person to mentor the children when their interest is to go beyond therapy and learn better horsemanship skills.

Renee Calder Encinias, LCPAA

Renee Calder Encinias, LCPAA

Program Director


Renee has been working in the child welfare field since 1997. It was intended to be a stepping stone, but God quickly revealed that this was what she was meant to be doing. Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of children and families. She feels like God’s plan for her is to leave this world a better place than she found it. With that in mind, she tries to plant seeds with each child, and with each family that will help them in their journey. She is a certified Trust Based Relational Intervention practitioner and is responsible for training staff and foster parents in this ground-breaking technique for understanding and working with children coming to us from hard places.
Mary Long

Mary Long

Office Administrator

Mary was born into a military family. Her father was in the Air Force. She joined the Navy a year out of High School. After 8 years of service, she moved to Texas. She met her husband in Texas and then were transferred to Australia. They moved to the Brenham area and have lived here since 2006, not counting the two years they traveled in their fifth wheel. Mary didn’t think she would go back to work after so many years of being a housewife, but she is loving it!! Hobbies include golfing, crafting, traveling, and working out.

Johanna Schroeder

Johanna Schroeder

RN Clinical Compliance Manager


Johanna received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M, and ADN (Nursing) from Blinn College. She has worked as a nurse with organ transplant, in the operating room, and most recently, 11 years as a compliance nurse for the state of TX. Hobbies are playing with her two kiddos, Natalie (8) and Chase (5), and spending time with her amazing husband Will!
Nikki Lewis

Nikki Lewis

Care Giver


Nikki Lewis started with Hope Rising as a Volunteer back in 2017. She had a huge heart for the horses and initially worked exclusively taking care of the horses; however the more she got involved, she decided to shift over to respite care. Her dedication did not go unnoticed, she was brought on Full Time February 4th 2019. She now is a Residential Care Giver and still does respite. Nikki has a huge heart for the girls, and feels that the Lord prepared her for such a time as this and that this is her calling in life. The girls gravitate towards her because she has a soft and mothering personality, & she loves being their safe place. She is also in charge of the boutique. Hobbies: Horses, scrap booking, organizing, and spending time with her 2 sons, Tanner(18) and Tyler (21)
Kimberly Davis

Kimberly Davis

Business Development Director

Kimberly Davis serves as the Director of New Business Development for Hope Rising. Her extensive experience working with nonprofits, leading capital fundraising campaigns, and organizing volunteer committees makes Kimberly a valuable asset to the Hope Rising organization.

As a former public educator, Kimberly saw first hand the level of impoverishment and neglect rampant in families from a wide economic and socio-demographic. Determined to utilize her talents in administration and team building, Kimberly pivoted from the classroom to the boardroom and now uses her talents to bridge the gap between corporations and nonprofits.

Kimberly serves as lead development for events, strategic campaigns, and nurturing important relationships on behalf of Hope Rising. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University.

Linda Kosar

Linda Kosar

Executive Administrative Assistant

Linda is an inspiring new addition to the Hope Rising family. She is the executive assistant to the CEO and helps keep us happy and organized. Linda was a corporate concierge for 8 years and brings a plethora of experience to the Hope Rising Team. Linda has lived in Texas for over 40 years, has two grown children under her belt, and now has a passion for her rescued dog, BuddyBear. (Who rescued who?) 

Precious Williams

Precious Williams

Case Manager, BA


Precious is pursuing a Master degree in Sociology at Prairie A&M University. She specializes in working with children with disabilities and mental health issues. She has also worked with juvenile girls and boys ages 13-18, helping to guide children on the right path. Precious works diligently to make sure that they are all seen and heard.
Kathleen Mcgaugh

Kathleen Mcgaugh

Case Manager/HD

Kathleen is a is a marketing and communications expert with a 20 years experience in XYZ and has been responsible for XYZ. She lorem ispum’s daily coordinating our outbound communication, events organisation, social and digital media XYZ. Rachael is born and bred in Texas, has four kids, 3 cats and two dogs. She graduated from X did, Y and XYZ’s with the team.

Ashley Vargas

Ashley Vargas

Case Manager, Foster Home Development

Ashley earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Texas A&M in 2019. Ashley has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of foster care as a result of spending six years in the Texas Foster Care System as a child. Ashley also has experience as a caregiver, and joined Hope Rising because she recognized it as an agency who cares about the most vulnerable and truly desires to give them a bright and happy future.

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