INHERITANCE OF HOPE INC
Rating: 4.99 stars 164 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Cancer
Location: PO Box 90 Pisgah Forest NC 28768 USA
Results: We have planned and paid for families from 38 states to experience Legacy Retreats where they make lasting family memories and form supportive friendships with others who understand their situation.
Target demographics: young families facing the loss of a parent.
Geographic areas served: USA
Programs: Legacy Retreats, 4 day all-expenses-paid experiences for families to make lifelong memories, build a community of support, and gain tools to help them manage the challenges they face.
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Inheritance of Hope was the vision of both Kristen and Deric Milligan. As Kristen realized her cancer was likely fatal, she became concerned for her kids and their future. Deric was attending business school, having served with the Army. Unable to find organizations that could help his family with their struggle, Deric became convinced that he should build a business plan for a non-profit that would help answer the questions gnawing at Kristen's heart. Their collaboration became the vision for Inheritance of Hope, a way to help families deal with the life threatening illness of a parent and create a legacy of love and hope for the children.
My wife and I were very impressed by Kristen's deep faith and Deric's commitment to a vision for helping children with a terminally ill parent. I was privileged to assist in the development of the business plan and serve on their board. SInce then, we have lost Kristen but her legacy continues in her children, in the lives of hundreds of people she touched, and in the excellence of the programs she conceived and helped Deric develop. Her vision will continue to impact families for years to come.
The best credentials for any non-profit is the impact that it has on peoples lives. At Inheritance of Hope events, I see fearful and estranged families drawn together, memories created that will endure for the lifetime of the children, and families in seemingly desperate situations regain their faith and hope. I continue to be impressed and pleased with the lasting impact this organization has on families struggling with the likely loss of a parent.
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IOH has already touched so many lives in such a short period of time since it's inception just five years ago.
I have witnessed IOH grow leaps and bounds, and am so happy for what this organization provides to the families of a terminally ill parent. My dear friends, the Milligan's, and the countless volunteers of team IOH provide a wonderful outreach opportuntity for families to interact with other familes, and offer group support by hosting retreats and events paid for and provided by IOH.
What is most powerful to me is bringing these familes together and sharing each others stories, and the encouragement for each other demonstrates a tremendous opportunity for families to want to move forward, and understand the importance of leaving a legacy for their children.
The friendships immediately formed build individual character and added support which is sometimes difficult during such trying times.
~ IOH Board Member
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I attended the NYC Retreat in Times Square and met many of the families who attended with overwhelming joy and praise of IOH's mission.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
continue reaching and expanding to others who do not know of IOH and its mission and continue building support through prayer, finance, and volunteerism.