Hope Stone, Inc

Rating: 4.95 stars   172 reviews

Address:

2726 Bissonnet Street Suite 240-513 Houston TX 77005 USA

Mission:

Hope Stone, Inc. unlocks the innate creativity of young people and adults through our arts outreach programs with a vision of art for all.

Target demographics:

Hope Stone, Inc. believes in art for all, we believe Brilliant Art = Brilliant Minds

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We work with 700 students ages 2-95 yrs, and perform each year to over 3000 students, some seeing live dance/theater for the first time

Geographic areas served:

Greater Houston, Throughout Texas

Programs:

Hope Stone’s mission is to unlock the innate creativity of young people and adults through our arts outreach programs with a vision of art for all. We are an organization dedicated to nurturing the creative side of children and adults through the positive, empowering experience of the arts. At Hope Stone we believe in Mindfulness Arts Education and are dedicated to this concept in all aspects of our work in the community. Founded in 1997 by its current President & CEO, Jane Weiner, Hope Stone conveys the intrinsic value of the arts through education programs tailored to suit the needs of specific populations of children and adults. Our children’s program (Hope Stone Kids) reaches out to students in a variety of school settings, using highly skilled artists from the artistic disciplines of music, dance, and theater. Hope Stone’s professional dance company (Hope Stone Dance) stages compelling and accessible new works that challenge, entertain, and educate audiences. Recently, Hope Stone has successfully adapted the time-tested methods used in its youth programming to create an arts outreach program for special populations (The Hope Project).

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713.526.1907
www.hopestoneinc.org

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Reviews for Hope Stone, Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

I work with a Girl Scout troop in Houston's Third Ward and Hope Stone graciously came to our rescue when we were working on some dancing skills. They were delightful to work with coordinating the scheduling of the meeting, and then an absolute joy on the "big day!" Our little girls, for those moments, felt like true dancers. It was something I will never forget. Thank you Jane, Roberta, and Hope Stone!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Three of my children attended Hope Stone last year and loved it! They have s great variety of classes and wonderful teachers. It was such a wonderful experience for them. Unfortunately we live far from the studio and since the classes for my childrens ages fall on different days of the week only or oldest returned this year for Youth Sound. That being said my 13 year old son absolutely looks forward to class every week!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My 11 1/2 year old daughter has had a great experience. Hope Stone has helped build her confidence, she's made friends she wouldn't have made elsewhere and she's developing mentored relationships with a variety of adults. While the program itself is age appropriate and process oriented, the final performance is very polished. I feel my daughter has learned a lot about behaving professionally in a supportive and inclusive environment. We couldn't afford this without the scholarship. Hope Stone is a great resources for the community and a great community to be a part of.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

These reviews look totally fake. Almost all of the 90 reviews to date were posted in a month, back in 2010. Fifty three of them were posted in 5 days! But there's been nothing recent. So someone from the owner sat in front of the computer everyday and posted bogus, glowing reviews? Is this place good, or should I stay away. I'm totally suspicious at this point

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for posting about our organization. I can understand the impression you received, and want to assure you that all the posts on this site are legitimate and from our clients and parents. The time period the posts were submitted was as a result of our organization routing the link to our constituents and encouraging them to post their experiences and thoughts about Hope Stone. I would like to encourage you to visit our Studio and participate in a free class of your choice to form a first-hand opinion of Hope Stone. Our class listings can be found under "class schedule" on our home page at www.hopestoneinc.org. - Amy Pearl, Managing Director

Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter took classes at Hope Stone for nearly four years, and received a scholarship each year. She was treated with respect and love, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Not only did her self-esteem and appreciation for art grow, but she developed an awareness of the importance of diversity. The staff are amazing, as is the leadership. I definitely recommend Hope Stone to those searching for an opportunity to unleash the "hidden artist" in us all.

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

Improved confidence, greater love of movement and art.

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

Larger parking lot :) The parking can be problematic.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My child attends Hope Stone on scholarship and absolutely loves it! I hear geat positive feedback and am very thankful and please with Hope Stone. One of the acutal comments is " I can be myself, I don't have to act ghetto. I can talk and be comfortable". Wow, what a great testomonial!

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

a positive outlet for my child. A 13 yr old w/many changes/decisions at this pt., pulled in many directions w/many influences on his life. He has told me he feels comfortable at Hopw Stone and can be himself.

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

Ways to make it better...

I could experience it myself, but am very please my son can.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone loves getting its hands dirty in the community, spreading arts appreciation and fun for children of all ages. I thoroughly loved participating in their programs and continue to do so whenever I can. Their name could not be more apt - they bring hope and joy, and they have a groundedness and stability that makes everyone feel accepted and valued.

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

that the people I met were so committed and loved what they were doing. It makes everyone around them feel equally motivated and happy!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone is a remarkable place. Upon entering the studio, the creative energy is palpable. Jane Weiner, the director,is a rare and unique talent. Not only is she an innovative choreographer, she is also an exceptionally gifted teacher and a truly generous spirit with an enduring commitment to the arts and their ability to cultivate peace and humanity in the world . Her capacity to inspire others, especially young people is tremendous. The kid's classes provide a joyful and supportive environment where kids can express themselves, explore their own creativity and collaborate with others. Everyone at Hope Stone has been wonderful. I feel very fortunate that both my daughter and I have the opportunity to learn from professional artists who are so passionate and dedicated.

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

expand to reach more people. Their potential is limitless

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Jane Weiner and Hope Stone are the authentic deal! They never stop challenging the limitless boundaries of the expressive arts and the creativity that resides in all children. Each week our children join Jane and the other exceptional teachers in understanding and expressing themselves in new and wonderful ways. What is especially inspiring is that Hope Stone is available to all children. As a result, we all benefit from the unique contribution that Hope Stone provides to our community.

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

seeing my children grow with confidence and experience

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

go as far as you can go and then dream bigger

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

exceptional

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

change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My 15 year old daughter was hesitant to sign up for a dance class even though she was very interested because she felt it was "too late" to learn. Someone told us about Hopestone teen "Kids Play" program. She started in August and has had an incredible experience. All the teachers (dance, yoga, theater and drumming) have been very positive and encouraging. I have seen my daughter's confidence and comfort level rise dramatically from the start of this experience and I'd like to thank Jane and all the staff at Hopestone for their fabulous guidance!

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

enthusiastic, encouraging and open.

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

introduce all the children who cannot afford private lessons in the various arts, to the miracle and wonder of the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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