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Caidens Hope

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Caiden's Hope is dedicated to helping provide travel arrangements for families enduring the hardship of a premature infant undergoing long term medical care. The foundation focuses on alleviating the unexpected financial burden associated with air travel, hotels and other travel related expenses for families in conjunction with necessary, extended, non-elective clinic or hospital stays.

Results: Over the last nine years, Caiden's Hope has provided NICU parents free hotels, free gas cards, free prepaid credit cards, free parking and free air, car, rail and bus transportation. NICU parents requesting assistance must have their hospital social services caseworker contact Caiden's Hope Foundation.

Target demographics: Families with premature infants that need long term medical care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 Nicu families

Geographic areas served: United States of America

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Annmari C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caidens Hope is a wonderful organization. They are so passionate and caring and help as many families as they can.

Audrey K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a needed organization and essential for new parents dealing with a micro preemie. God bless the volunteers and God bless those little babies.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We absolutely love the work that Caiden’s Hope does, not only do they help relieve some of the financial strain when a baby is in the NICU but that small relief brings a glimmer of hope for parents who feel so hopeless and helpless not being able to do more for their sweet babies. I was sent a gift card with an amount that helped pay for gas to get me back and forth to see my son everyday while he was in the NICU. At such a hard time, being able to be there everyday was the best for my sons overall health and for my mental health. Wish I could do so much more for Caiden’s Hope, to be able to give families of NICU babies a little bit of hope!

Darrell M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Tax Pro I have worked with charities such as Caidens Hope and appreciate their purpose. I was a Preemie in 1953 as a twin 7 weeks early and we spent some time in an Oxygen Tent. Possibly similar to today's NICUs. I look forward to supporting Caidens hope and some of their events, possibly as a Rodeo Clown. I love working with young kids, be it autism cancer special ed whatever in such a program. The love and help we can give thru Caidens Hope brings smiles and support to those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit helps parents with the little things that often are overlooked and don’t fall under the insurance umbrella. Gas, lodging, meals, the things that allow parents to spend much needed time with their little ones in NICU. 100% of your donation will be used for these things. The people who work tirelessly for this organization are not paid.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an incredible non profit! Financial burdens are often overlooked when families are going through such a hard time. Having someone think of you and helping with your responsibilities while your child is in the NICU is amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I learned about Caiden’s Hope and began to fully understand how it helped families whose premature babies were in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, sometimes for many months, I knew that this was the organization I could devote my heart to!

Though my family had not experienced having a preemie, my daughter had spent weeks in a hospital setting a thousand miles from home when her young adult son was in ICU having seizures. She didn’t tell anyone that she didn’t have money to stay in a hotel, or even enough money to buy meals; instead, she slept in chairs and literally had one sandwich a day until the little money she had ran out, and she finally reached out to family for help.

NO ONE SHOULD EVER HAVE TO BE IN THAT SITUATION!

So, when I learned That Caiden’s Hope Foundation helped pay for hotels, meals, gasoline, and other necessary expenses for families with their little ones in NICU, there was no question about whether I would do everything I possibly could to help in fundraising efforts. That was four years ago, I'm nearly 81, and I will continue helping as long as I am able to.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a social worker in a NICU, and Caiden's Hope has helped many of our families who live far away spend time with their babies by helping with gas money. They are always very responsive when we reach out for assistance.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Caidens Hope has been a wonderful resource for my patients and their families. I work at a children's hospital that services multiple states, and Caidens Hope has been amazing--they have provided desperately needed transportation assistance to my families when they needed it most. Thank you so much!!

1 Peggy L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Caidens Hope for a short time. When I first met with the handful of people who support the foundation I was very impressed with how hardworking and dedicated they are. I was introduced to a few of the recipients who attended an event in order to "give back". They were all very appreciative. The fact that such a small organization has such an impact and extends to a national level is remarkable!

Michael429

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Caiden's Hope for a few years now and have truly enjoyed every experience. This is a unique charity that helps with the living expenses of the families with babies in NICU. I have seen first hand the direct support that CH gives and been very blessed to be a part of it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend works for this charity & they do great things for NICU families!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was asked to volunteer for a fundraiser for Caiden's Hope by a fellow church member who had used their services when their son was born premature. Having experienced the stresses related to my grandson being born premature 2 years ago, I quickly said 'Yes'. During the fundraiser I met the founder of Caiden's Hope and was impressed with his heart and zeal to help parents of preemies with the small things they need to relieve their financial burdens during their child's hospital stay. I intend to volunteer again for the fundraiser, as well as donate to this worthy cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter was born at 1 lb and 10 oz and spent 173 days in the NICU. After she was released from the hospital, my friend told me about Caiden's Hope and I signed up to be a volunteer. It is truly amazing what this charity does to help families with a baby in the NICU.

2 Stephanie283

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son, Nathaniel, was born 3 months premature with non-immune hydrops. He spent 99 days in the NICU and we lived an hour away but we did all we could to see him every single day. It was only after our son was home from the NICU and we went searching for a way to help other NICU families that we came across Caidens Hope. We spoke with Wayne Keller and got to know their hearts and decided to give back to this foundation who does so much for families in need and have never looked back. The Keller family is friendly and wise and every person involved in Caidens Hope has a heart of gold. They truly help so many families when they need it most. I can tell you from experience what an impact it makes to a family surviving the NICU to have just a little help but Caidens Hope goes far and beyond "little" and finds the way to make a big difference in the lives of every family they come into contact with. Beyond financial help...they truly give hope in a time that hope is scarcely available. They provide families with the ability to see their fragile children in the NICU to do life-changing kangaroo care and create a bond that can never be broken. When it feels like everyone around you is telling you not to get your hopes up (for your child's life) Caidens Hope comes in and says, "Here's money for traveling, parking, and food so you have less to worry about it". More people need to know about Caidens Hope and more families can receive help. Families should hear about all the ways Caidens Hope can help them before they leave the hospital!

It's been a pleasure raising money for them and seeing the impact on our community as well. I'll be fundraising and donating to Caidens Hope for the rest of its existence (which I hope is a very very long time). God bless you Caidens Hope!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caiden's Hope does a great job helping families in difficult situations.
Glad they are around.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These people are the most caring folks that would do whatever it takes, roll up their sleeves, and put on a smile to make a difference to a parent in need. They have participated in so many grassroots fundraisers, festivals, and outreach events just to let others know who they are and spread awareness in the community. God Bless Caiden's Hope!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Almost every day Caiden's Hope hears of another young family needing help so they can personally care for their precious premature infant hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

It's wonderful how our supporters nationwide dig deep into their pockets to help families they don't know.

One out of every eight babies born in the USA is born premature and their parents need our assistance. Thanks to our supporters we are able t provide them a brief respite from the stress they are under.

Lesa5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Management of this organization is top notch! They go above and beyond to find ways to raise funds to be able to assist those in need. I must admit I had never really thought about all the hardships faced by families of Premies, this organization is raising community awareness of those hardships.

1 Pat_66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing, dedicated organization and I am happy to be such a small part; so many families that I am both directly and indirectly involved with are so blessed and helped by the care an financial assistance from this wonderful organization. Hope everyone that sees or hears about this great work gets involved to keep making a difference in not only children's lives but their families as well. May God continue to bless and provide resources.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am Caiden's paternal grandmother. Through the help of family and friends, Caiden's mother, Jennifer, was able to stay near him throughout the two months that he was hospitalized away from home. The expense for food and lodging was exorbitant. Jennifer, her family, and friends of her family recognized the need for financial help for the families of infants in an NICU away from their homes. To address this need, they founded Caiden's Hope to help other families who found themselves in similar circumstances. The bond that developed between Jennifer and Caiden as a result of her being able to spend time with him daily during the months when he was at UCLA has contributed exponentially to his mental, physical, and social-emotional well-being. Caiden's Hope strives to assist other families who find themselves with their child hospitalized away from home. It's mission is to afford these families the same opportunity that Jennifer and Caiden had to bond and grow together throughout his hospital stay. God bless Caiden's Hope and its founders for seeing a void and filling it.u

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was born going into the seventh month and was put in the nicu, with so much expenses it was so hard on us having to travel all the way up to the hospital. Once the social worker told us about caidens hope we really felt a wieght off our shoulders. They are such an amazing organization and i couldnt be anymore greatful!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When Caiden was born with unexpected medical problems, instead of turning inward, looking for others to serve their needs, this family turned outward to create Caiden's Hope. Those involved gain great pleasure in the ability to reach out to hurting families and relieve a part of the burden. This world needs the compassion of Caiden's Hope.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Caiden's Hope is a terrific organization. I have watched the founders and many volunteers give so much of their time and money to make it successful, and all of it has been done without expectations. It is people like this that make our world a better place for all....especially the babies!

3 Katielovekatielovesgod

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been a friend of Caiden's Hope since the start. I am so thank ful for Caiden's Hope and how they reach out to the hurting parents of very sick Babies in the NICU. They provide help to these stressed parents by providing them with the finances to stay close by the hospital so they can be with their sick babies.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Caiden's Hope is one of the most precious non profit organazations I know that reaches out to many families during their difficult times with help and encouragement. Caiden is just a precious boy and very couragous. He is my hero. This organization gets a 5 star rating for giving back to the community of hurting parents. It is my prayer and hope that Caiden's Hope will receive many donations to continue to help many hurting babies and their family. I know of no other organization that does such good.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization. I've been to a few fundraisers here in the Ventura area and they are also so cheerful and helpful. I've seen their namesake, Caiden, make great strides in his development and that's thanks to his family being able to be near him throughout all the stages of his medical progress. Keep up the good work.

3 Beth122

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caiden's Hope is a wonderful program that helps families stay near their children and loved ones while they go through hospitalization. The cost for families to be close can be exorbitant and prevent parents from connecting daily with their children during an already difficult situation. By helping Caiden's Hope, you are ministering the opportunity for emotional and financial support to families otherwise unable to respond adequately to a challenging time in their lives and in the lives of their loved ones.

3 Bonnie71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an AWESOME CHARITY, not only to help children, but the parents as well. They give gas cards, hotel capabilities for parents to be able to stay with their child. Caiden's Hope has traveled all over to help get the word out on their organization, just for the sake of HELPING THOSE TRULY IN NEED. GOD BLESS THEM FOR C A R I N G.
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4 Kara18

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, River, was born a micro preemie back in 2012. While blessed, we faced a hard road ahead with his early birth and the health challenges that come with it. Out of the blue, Caiden's Hope sent us a check that came at just the right time. We lived 50 miles away from the NICU and it was amazing to not have to worry about our stay at the Ronald McDonald House or gas to and from. They assisted us a few times and now that our son is thriving and healthy, we feel it is our duty to give back, it is an honor to support the mission of Caiden's Hope and the blessed work they do. Wonderful, true charity.

www.facebook.com/riverryanriojas

3 Linda296

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is out of the kindness of the hearts of others that Caiden's Hope is here to help families with babies in NN ICU.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When my nephew's wife had to have an emergency C-section in Japan, their newborn was taken to three different hospitals that night, each farther away from them. I can't imagine how frightening that experience was for the new parents - separated from their first child right at birth. They were lucky because my sister-in=law came out to help. Most young parents don't have that option, and the additional expense of travel and/or lodging to be with their newborn in NICU would impact their finances in a big way. You can't be reimbursed for that cost through insurance, but time with their newborn is as important as the medical care the baby receives. Caiden's Hope will help give those parents the opportunity to be with their child. My donations (through silent auctions and event participation) make a difference, and I do what I can to raise awareness to the wonderful work done by Caiden's Hope and generate support for them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our hospital *LOVES* Caiden's Hope. We were skeptical when we first received a letter introducing this nonprofit organization. We called Wayne Keller up and asked him to come out to talk with us. When we met him, we knew he was one-of-a-kind! We took the information and were all very excited about this new resource. When it came time that we had a NICU family that needed assistance, we gave Mr. Keller a call and he made the process so *very* easy.

Babies do better when they have their family near by, visiting frequently and able to bond during those crucial first days/weeks/months. Caiden's Hope has allowed some of our parents to do just that. Without Caiden's Hope, many of our families would not be able to visit their babies, since they are flown into our hospital sometimes from over a 150 miles away. We hopoe Caiden's Hope will be around for many years to come and can get the funding needed for such a great organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the healthcare industry for many years, I am very much aware that community resources are usually few and hard to come by. When I first heard of Caiden's Hope, I was initially a little skeptical and thought it might be "too good to be true."

However, I have been completely taken by surprise at just how helpful Caiden's Hope has been each and every time I have asked for assistance on behalf of our patients. Mr. Keller is absolutely wonderful to work with. He always responds quickly and cheerfully, and it's clear that he takes a genuine interest in our patients and their families. Caiden's Hope fills in the gap whereby certain families would have to go without if it were not for them. I highly recommend this agency.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Caiden’s Hope started with only a dream. What a blessing they have been to so many families that are going through difficult times. This organization goes above and beyond and gives back to that community of hurting parents dealing with babies undergoing long term medical treatment. I don’t know of another organization that supports families in this way and I only hope and pray that Caiden's Hope will continue to receive many donations to help these babies and their families. God Bless Wayne and his wonderful group of warriors for all they do for these families.
Amber Lounsbury

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are many times that I have a family from out of town who has a baby in our NICU. If they do not have medicaid, they have to pay to stay in a hotel close by to be able to visit the baby and provide breast milk. Many of these families don't have the resources to do this.This is an additonal emotional and financial burden to an already very difficult situation.

It is such a blessing to have Caiden's hope to help those families by providing some free nights in a hotel.

The families are so touched and comforted by Caiden's Hope outreach. When I explain what Caiden's Hope does, the parents and the staff here are reminded of the goodness of others. Wayne Keller, the director, always expresses compassion and interest in each families story. Caiden's Hope provides families with hope as well as a safe place to stay.