House of Protection, Inc. (formerly known as House of Hope, South Florida) is a Christian, non-denominational, not-for-profit 501(C) 3 organization, reaching youth ages 5 to 18. We are a refuge of hope for children, teens and their families, providing Pastoral Counseling, Community Workshops and a future Residential Program. We serve families in the Tri-County area of Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade. Our office is located at 600 SW 3rd Street Suite 5100L Pompano Beach, FL 33060
My name is Heloisa H. C. Guimaraes, and I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I’ve been a Christian since childhood, and my parents were Christians also.
I obtained a B.S. degree in Psychology in Brazil from Methodist University. In addition to practicing Psychology as a career, I did volunteer work for two churches in Brazil.
I moved to Florida in 1995, leaving behind a career of 20 years at the Department of Health, as well as my counseling practice. Counseling is the profession God has given me, and I am delighted to perform my work to the highest standards. I get the deepest sense of gratification for touching the lives of so many.
I obtained a Master Degree in Christian Counseling from Florida Christian University. In 2003, I started a Prison Ministry, working as a Clergy volunteer for the Broward Sheriff’s Office. I am the coordinator of a group of men and women who bring the Word of God to inmates. I am also working as a Clergy volunteer at the Broward Transitional Center (immigration) since 2015. While detained (in jail or immigration center), these persons are at their lowest stage of life, without hope, afraid of the consequences of their choices, and in their time of despair, my ministry is well received. I may not agree with their wrong doings, but my ministry is founded on the conviction that all people are created in God’s image and that no life is beyond God’s reach. I also worked as a Christian Counselor for two Brazilian churches in Florida.
In 2016, God specifically spoke to my heart to reach out to the inmates in Florida, who are serving Life Sentences, and also the ones who are on Death Row, by sending them a gospel booklet named “Knowing God Personally”, in the mail. Until now, more than 3,000 inmates received this tract, and the response from the inmates has been amazing. The inmates that are willing receive a monthly Bible study in the mail. Even those serving Death and Life Sentences are not excluded from the freedom of God’s gift of eternal life.
I am thankful to God for everything, even for the problems and afflictions I’ve been through, (and there were plenty) for they have taught me to trust and depend solely on Jesus Christ. The words from Job 42:5 have become my motto: “my ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you”.