Hope Haven International Ministries’ global outreach began in Romania in 1996. Officials charged with the overwhelming task of serving thousands of institutionalized people with disabilities requested that Hope Haven Executive Staff visit, assess, and advise on more effective implementation.
They found people with disabilities living in deplorable conditions, sensed God’s leading, and Hope Haven launched Portul Sperantei (Hope Haven in Romanian). In 1996, a missionary couple employed by Hope Haven began a wheelchair ministry in Romania. Daniel Mereuta, born in Barlad, worked under the missionary couple and became the Director in 1999.
The organization not only personally delivers wheelchairs to children and adults in need, but is intentional about building relationships with the recipients and their families. Portul Sperantei evangelizes to families and follows up with bi-annual holiday cards to verify their address and medical status.
Portul Sparentei also has a school program for children with disabilities. This offers children the opportunity to learn and grow in a school setting. The program is staffed by volunteer teachers and overseen by Daniel Mereuta.