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February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

I am a former professional dancer who takes ballet classes at Hope Stone. I continue to be impressed with the organization and Jane Weiner, its director. Each time I walk into the Hope Stone studios, I enter a world where everyone is friendly, welcoming, encouraging, and inclusive. The dance world can be very intimidating and during the course of my career, I have never found an environment as warm as Hope Stone. When class is over, I literally don’t want to leave. Hope Stone has an incredibly talented team of instructors who take a genuine interest in the students. When I watch the teachers interact with the children in Kids Play, I am absolutely amazed at the level of patience, compassion, and encouragement given. The children love their Hope Stone experience. I see the delight in their eyes when they arrive. Each child is treated as if he/she is special. Not only do the children have a blast, but they leave with a renewed sense of self-worth. It is a joy to watch these children as their personalities explode and their spirits soar. Through its programs, Hope Stone has fostered an environment where everyone flourishes regardless of age, race, ability, socio-economic background, etc. I have seen only positive results in my own dancing since attending classes there. I am appreciative that Jane continues to strive for higher standards each and every day. The results of her efforts are evident in the quality of the facilities, instruction, productions, and overall growth. Hope Stone has definitely raised the bar in the promotion of arts and culture in the Houston.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful, knowledgeable, and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1)expand its goal of providing year-round arts education and mental health improvement for at risk youth, 2)build larger studios, and 3)reach a broader audience by touring and performing in other cities/states.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

Hope Stone is making difference in childrens' lives (and those who are part their lives and to those that give to Hope Stone as well)...giving them purpose, self-esteem, confidence, safe-haven and...lest we forget, ART! These are invaluable to young people whose lives are often fragile and complicated. Making a positive difference in their lives makes a positive difference in the community. Amen to that.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

perform daily miracles in childrens' lives across the United States...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

Our children have been involved with Hope Stone for 5 years. The creative growth that I have seen in both of them is inspiring. Jane Weiner and her amazing staff have helped opened their bodies, minds and hearts to world where creative expression and passion thrive.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the amazing way they can get children to open up and perform and connect with the whole group.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure that the same people were involved.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The committment to keeping arts alive and strong. Constant outreach to deliver great art to the community with an emphasis of getting children in to the performances.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed and optimistic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could rock the world! In a great way of course

Ways to make it better...

Only if I had more time to give.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money for the Arts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

Hope Stone is a wonderful community for kids & adults to nourish their soul and access the arts! I always see smiling faces at Hope Stone...no matter if its an adult ballet class, the Kids Play kids rehearsing or if I'm lucky enough to be there when the company is in rehearsals, its a good place. This past fall ('09) at the "The Village of Waltz" performance was an example of how the arts can effect childrens lives. I've never been in a room where there were hundreds of kids in a theatre and they were quietly transfixed by the performance on stage. Afterwards, the conversations & reviews overheard were priceless. By the way...with the support of generous contributions, it was possible for these children to come to the theatre, experience a live professional dance company and understand the opportunities available to them at no cost. The Hope Stone teachers, kids, dancers & the staff offer the rest of us/me the chance to be a part of something wonderful. Maybe, you might consider contributing or joining us? Who doesn't like to smile?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A friends daughter who is now a confident and much more comfortable with herself & others, thru her time in Kids Play.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Sensational. Committed. Passionate.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

I have been involved with Hope Stone for a number of years, both on their Board and as an adult student of ballet. This has got to be the most welcoming, nurturing arts organization in the region. What other dance company donates an entire section of their main performance each year free to kids who might never otherwise attend an arts/dance performance?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The quality of instruction at the studio . . . The light in children's eyes when they describe what Hope Stone has meant to them . . The evolution of Hope Stone dancers who are top-notch . . .

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Resign and let Jane Weiner run it. Jane has a deft hand with all three aspects of the organization: Kids' Play, Hope Stone Dance, and the studio.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Ballet has enriched my life. . . and kept me in shape!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Selfless

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Add mini-versions of Kids' Play in all cities in the US.

Ways to make it better...

Jane Weiner had two studios, Hope Stone could perform a major work more than once a year, and Kids' Play could expand to other cities.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

As always for any arts organization, money and space.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Being involved in community is very important and Hope Stone is there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

Hope Stone is a gem! It is an excellent arts institute and provides an empowering atmosphere for children/youth, offering dancing, drumming, musical theater. Teachers are very talented artists who work well with children. Classes are given in a non-competitive environment that encourages diversity and enhances self-confidence and self-esteem. The children LOVE to attend Hope Stone classes and the performances are "superb"!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the confidence instilled in the children and their joy in participating in the arts!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they truly care about the children who particpate in the program and encourage them greatly!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional and excellent in their field.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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