Immediately after the inauguration of the Hope Care Center on April 2, 2007, the Namyangju City Council enforced an Ordinance on the Operation of the Hope Care Centers to enact the organization and operation of the Hope Care Centers and this allowed the system to secure the sustainability of the organization and operation of the centers. The stable inflow of sponsorships and volunteers also provided the momentum for the program to move forward.
From April 2007, when the Hope Care System was initiated, to December 2011, a total of 5.4 billion won has been received in sponsorships, about 3.4 billion won of which has been used for the program. With at least 1 billion won being continuously collected since 2009, the situation seems to be ripening for the program to expand to new projects based on the stable inflow of funds. Currently, there are about 5,400 volunteers registered with the volunteer center, and the diverse spectrum of the volunteers, from simple manual work to professional musicians capable of conducting an orchestra, is the greatest asset for the stable support of the operation of the Hope Care System.
The Hope Care System is a new type of welfare system that incorporates a culture of civic sharing with the traditional welfare service delivery system, and has become the benchmark for other local governments across the nation.
The Hope Care Centers, established in April 2007, was designated the Exemplary Local Administrative Innovation in November 2007, and has been the benchmark for over 120 local governments and agencies as well as over 200 government officials who made study visits to the centers.
As the results of these benchmark and study efforts, Gwangju City, Dangjin County and Iksan City have decided to introduce new welfare systems similar to the Hope Care System. In January 2009, Gyeonggi Province, which comprises 31 cities and counties including Namyangju, initiated another similar initiative dubbed the “Muhan Dolbom (Unlimited Care) Center” and spread the system to cities and counties within its jurisdiction to operate a public-private joint welfare network consisting of the centers and 87 network teams located in 30 cities and counties.
As for the central government, the Minister of Health and Welfare visited the Hope Care Center in December 2010, and reported to the president that, in consideration of the excellence and the successful spread of the system in Gyeonggi Province, the ministry would organize a Hope Welfare Support Group across the nation beginning in 2012, which will consist of the related government officials and contract personnel and function as a bridge between the public and private welfare service sectors.
Internationally, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation of Germany visited Namyangju on September 29, 2009 to gather information on the details of the Hope Care program and praised the universal scope of coverage and efficient organization of the system.
In 2011, the government officials from Liaoning and Guangdong provinces of China, the two sister provinces of Gyeonggi, attended an exchange study program held in the Gyeonggi Human Resources Development Institute, in which a visit to the Hope Care Centers was included.
The Hope Care System has also been continuously recognized for its excellence and has received a good number of prestigious awards and designations including: the 2007 Exemplary Local Administrative Innovation Case, the gold prize in the Gyeongin Hit Product Award, the merit prize in the 8th National Public Innovation Award (in the category of residential livelihood support), certificate of the 2008 Excellent Innovation in the Local Administration, the Health Minister’s award in the 2009 Exemplary New Project Management Award, and the grand prize in the 2011 Exemplary Manifesto Competitions of the Lower Level Local Governments (in the category of the implementation of campaign pledges).