Hope Advanced is dedicated to supporting individuals that have found themselves lost and burdened by their situation. We strive to provide resources and help foster a change in attitude to prove there is hope in every instance, no matter how dark it seems. We want to be the proof that horrible circumstances can lead to meaningful and prosperous change.
Tim and Brownie Richardson are the co-founders of Hope Advanced. They reside in Woodland Park, Colorado and currently operate within Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. Tim and Brownie are passionate about helping others lead meaningful lives, offering a listening ear and helping hand to connect individuals with resources that will get their lives back on track.
As told by Tim Richardson
“As a teenager, I was depressed and suicidal. At one moment in time in December 1967, I heard a voice say, “Tim, you are to live, if for no other reason, than to help other people”. Today, my wife Brownie and I are moving toward that. In 2017 and 2018, I had been encouraging and supporting a ministry that was developing to help people coming out of addictions and help them with job training, jobs and spiritual training. That ministry did not go forward.
In September 2018, I heard the same voice I heard in 1967 say, “This (meaning Hope Advanced) is for you to do.” I was not looking to lead or direct a non-profit or ministry. I was always a helper or promoter…not the founder, etc. My reasoning, desire and mission for doing Hope Advanced is best described in the following stories:
September 2014, my sister was found dead in her home…acute alcoholism. She battled addictions from age 17 and at 62 laid dead in her bed…talented, gifted but no purpose. Wasted life.
September 2006, my first cousin’s husband died at age 50 from a heart attack. He had been on a run with his 12-year-old son who went into their home to get water for them. When the son returned, the father was dying. The son by age 14 was an alcoholic and by Sept. 2016, when I last saw him (sober), he had been out of rehab 15 times. By December of 2016, he overdosed on fentanyl and meth. He ended up in full-time nursing and passed in his sleep in February 2019. He was brought up in the BEST of circumstances but ended up with a wasted life.
December 2018, a friend called me and said her 33-year-old daughter had been found dead…ten days dead…in her apartment. She was the mother of five boys and estranged from her family and divorced. She had “dried out” several times over three years. The cause for her “derailment” was a problematic marriage and she could not handle it. After seeing her parents (sober and with a job and apartment), she had gone to her apartment…cleaned the apartment, fed the cat and drank herself to death.
These stories and multitudes of others are tragic. The truth is, that unless people have someone come alongside them when they come out of life’s messes, they (majority of the time) do not succeed.
Within five years, we want to duplicate Hope Advanced across the United States. Our goal is to develop systems that can act as a plug-and-play solution for communities everywhere. Creating these models will allow communities to quickly unite the proper resources to support those individuals that need help landing on their feet.
The hope is that these solutions will be committed to the long-term support and success of each individual. All too often, our current systems have trouble retaining and keeping up with the needs of the individuals looking to rebuild their lives.
We believe that there are many people and organizations – public and private – that offer support and resources. We want to use Hope Advanced as a way to partner with and unite these helpers to advance the kindhearted work that is already in play. By working together and continuing to fine-tune these support systems, we know we can provide hope for people across our nation.
At Hope Advanced, we are committed to helping the broken, busted and disgusted reach success. With our genuine desire to lend a helping hand and provide consistent support, we believe we can truly leave a positive impact on countless people’s lives. Join us in supporting fellow community members, so we can thrive together.