Mrs Hope Crisp was prominent in Methodist child rescue activities in Melbourne from the 1880s. She was married to the Rev. J.W. Crisp. Mrs Crisp worked closely with Mrs Varcoe, a Wesley Church Biblewoman. She was the first President of the Central Dorcas Society, founded in 1888. Previously, Mrs Crisp was active in benevolent work in North Melbourne, where she established the North and West Melbourne Dorcas Society and a ragged school. She wrote of her first encounter with 'the slums' in North Melbourne: 'the feeling of terror I experienced for the lost will never fade'. Mrs Crisp was involved in the running of Livingstone House in Carlton from 1888-1891. She then served on the committee which managed Methodist Homes for Children in Cheltenham. In fact, Mrs Crisp was still a member of the ladies committee in 1917. She served as President of the Wesleyan Neglected Children's Aid Society in 1897.