Our History

New Hope Center began as a vision of our founders, John and Evelyn Wiens, in 2010 to giving graduate orphans a high-quality education, life-skills, and a chance for a better life. Joining Maxim and Anya Oliferovskiy, this dream became a reality and New Hope Center opened its doors as a drop-in center for teens who had aged-out of the orphanage system, teaching basic skill such as computer, cooking, and carpentry. The following year, a dairy farm vocational school was opened in the nearby village of Nicholai Pole, as well as group homes for the same target group of now young-adult orphans. New Hope Center quickly expanded its influence with a mentoring program, a club for young mothers in need of care, a professional training center, and most recently, DreamKIDZ — a restoration project for children from crises families in the Zaporozhye region.

John Wiens was not able to see the past few years of growth and blessing, as he passed away in January 2014. His vision, passion, and love are alive in our hearts and in the heart of New Hope Center and he will never be forgotten. Maxim and Anya Oliferovskiy continue to direct this ministry and Evelyn Wiens is our greatest cheerleader from afar.

New Hope Center is made up of many staff and volunteers without whom we would never be able to continue the vision of reaching the underprivileged and graduate orphans in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, offering them education, life-skills, and most importantly New Hope in Christ.