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Faith, Hope, & Love

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Family Services, Foster Care, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: Our goal is to build Faith Hope & Love in the lives of children in crisis through our Duffels for Kids, BlastPacks, and Birthday Closet programs across Southeastern Wisconsin, in an effort to reach as many children in crisis situations as possible. We are constantly exploring and testing a variety of new programs to achieve this goal. Over the years it has become more and more apparent to us, there is great need in our community and it doesn’t go away; it only continues to grow. It is our hope to work towards closing that gap so no child is left without being provided basic health and wellness.

Target demographics: Build Faith Hope & Love in the lives of children in crisis.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,555 children in Wisconsin, in crisis situations.

Geographic areas served: Wisconsin

Programs: Duffels for Kids - emergency duffel bags for children in crisis, filled with personal care and comfort items.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kristie F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful for what Faith, Hope & Love does for southeastern Wisconsin’s foster children! They assemble and deliver bags that support a child’s needs as they enter foster care, making a huge difference for these children! This summer we took in two children who were each given a duffle from Faith, Hope & Love. To watch them examine each item, arrange each item on their shelf in their room, and snuggle into the blanket each night affirmed the incredible value that this organization has! Heather and her team work tirelessly to make sure that many, many children have items and love as they endure these difficult times. This supports the child, their family or foster family, and our entire community! Thank you so much Faith, Hope, & Love for all you!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Faith, Hope, & Love (FHL) provides a powerful impact on the communities it touches. Not only do they help (in the most amazing ways) children that have to endure some of life's greatest pain, they also help their communities. FHL brings awareness, communication, and connection to the crisis that includes children who have been abused, abandoned, and neglected. Any community that is fortunate to work with Heather and Mark is a community that will no doubt grow in Faith, Hope, & Love.

Amanda L.10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing organization!! I sent heather a message about two children in need & she was at my office with not only duffle bags but boots & coats.

1 Liz H.6

Donor

Rating: 5

The people running this wonderful organization work hard to bring comfort to kids who are in VERY difficult situations. I'm proud to support Faith, Hope and Love.

1 Joshua S.4

Donor

Rating: 5

FH&L was first introduced to me by a general story line of what a kid experiences at the point of a critical life event, the arrest of parent(s) and being taken by police due to a situation. That story resonated with me because it was my the very same experience I had when I was 8, before being permanently placed with my grandparents. I was fortunate to have them step in, unlike many of the children FH&L support through their programs.

One cannot overstate the value the duffel bags and backpack programs have brought to kids in these life-altering events. I've supported them directly, through grant applications, and in any other way I've found to help engage their needs. I would highly suggest you spend a few hours or provide a donation to continue the cause!

Donor

Rating: 5

Faith, Hope, & Love moves heaven and earth to make a difference in the lives of children in crisis. I’ve personally witnessed this organization’s astounding work with hundreds of foster children in our community and have been very impressed with their thoughtfulness and attention to the kids’ needs. Several times I have posted on Facebook asking for help for children (one time in a forced home removal and one after a terrible fire) and within moments FH&L had reached out to me asking how they could help. The personal care, concern, and love this organization shows is a tremendous asset to our community and to all the communities they touch!

1 Jodi K.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is so much heart behind this group! I can’t thank them enough for all they do for the kids. Kids are the future and they are telling them that THEY matter, when no one else is.
God bless you guys!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Faith Hope and Love in regards to donating towards their efforts. Having an in depth view of their work operations has been uplifting to know their passion to help kids in crisis.

1 Virginia H.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Faith, Hope, and Love has done so much for children in need of compassion. The work they do for underprivileged children is phenomenal. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Faith, Hope and Love is always there for the children in need in our community. They are truly a blessing.

2 Chris D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the heart and mission of this organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great cause with a great team! Our professional business group had them in as a speaker and it was a very informative presentation. We in turn presented them with our annual speaker award contribution because we were all impressed. Thank you for all you do!

2 James L.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Faith hope and love organization and does a lot in the community. We're proud to partner with them year after year on various projects!

- GUARDIANS OF THE CHILDREN BELLE CITY CHAPTER

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Faith, Hope & Love is an exceptional organization doing exceptional things in our communities. Not only do they pair with various law enforcement agencies to provide duffel bags and backpacks for traumatized and displaced children, they also do a Santa's Workshop to provide holiday gifts for children in foster care. Heather and Mark are the most caring and self-less people I've ever had the honor to meet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about this organization years ago and thought what they were doing was amazing. I have donated for years in various ways, and every time I do they are the most humble, thankful people. Truly an inspiration to us all in how they go about making the lives of children better.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended benefits and volunteered for faith hope & love, and have been so impressed by their sacrificial lifestyle and hard work. What they do for children in such crisis is a niche that has been overlooked and neglected. The emotional support their bags bring is one small thing that has a huge impact on these innocent ones.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Faith Hope and Love volunteers work tirelessly to provide traumatized children right in our city with positive experiences and tangible items to make them feel cared for and loved.
My experience has been helping them provide Christmas gifts to foster children.
My favorite story involves a young single mother in need of an infant car seat to leave the hospital after giving birth. The director of this organization not only located one but delivered it to the hospital personally. Now THAT’S going the extra mile to show love to our community.

1 Paige W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do AMAZING work for the children in Wisconsin. Amen!

Donor

Rating: 5

Heather and Mark have the biggest hearts, they approach every child as if they were their own.As long time attendants of the Forster care system both Heather and Mark understand that when children become part of the foster system they are often stripped of their personal effects.Because of their understanding hearts....Heather,Mark and their children are able to understand the long term effects removal has on children and I turn have created a Foundation where children in crisis are welcomed with a duffle bag filled with items they need as well as items of comfort!

1 Jill K.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have experienced the love and comfort that Faith, Hope and Love provides for those children experiencing trauma. Three of my students needed to be removed from their home during the last school year. Looking scared and confused, the students accepted their comfort bags, provided by Faith , Hope and Love, from the very supportive police officers that arrived to take them to a different home. Throughout the year, my students shared their stories about the bags and shared how those bags helped them to feel less afraid. NO CHILD, being taken from their homes, no matter what the reason, should ever leave that home with a trash bag. Faith, Hope and Love provide a bridge of love and comfort to hurting children. "They are ALL our children" and should be treated as such. Thank you, Faith , Hope and Love for the emptiness you fill in these children's' lives

Joey P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit goes above and beyond the call of duty. It’s run by some of the most compassionate hard-working people I’ve ever met. They truly are envisioned to see the lives of children in crisis honored and respected.

Christie Meendering K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel so grateful that I have never needed the services of Faith, Hope & Love. I have watched this non-profit grow from grass roots and have watched the impact this phenomenal group of dedicated, loving people have had on our community. I, gratefully, cannot imagine the fear a child must feel when she/he has no family connection. But, Faith, Hope & Love gives them something they can call their own, gives them a connection of some sort - filling some basic life needs. I help whenever I can - requesting donations from the community, making donations myself. This is not a difficult choice as I know Heather and her family & crew are using every penny to help the children who need their services. She is driven, kind and so full of love.

Mark L.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Last year was the year Faith Hope & Love debuted their Santa’s Workshop. Many foster children in this area are blessed to receive a Christmas gift at a party sponsored by a local business.
Yet those in Kinship Care, and incarcerated are not eligible.
Faith Hope & Love with the help of many caring people provided more than 500 gifts for area foster children living with a family member or incarcerated. Even delivering these presents throughout the county.
This is the 4th project undertaken by the people of Faith Hope & Love. The others being Duffles for kids. Blast packs, and larger Duffles going to children being recovered from human trafficking.
Bags and blast packs include a fleece blanket, flashlight, book and or journal, hygiene care products. Also a stuffed animal coloring book and small toy, and pajamas. This is not the end future plans include a birthday closet so children will, receive a birthday present. And last for now a receiving home so children going into foster care have a place to go while awaiting placement and a better chance siblings can stay together.
It has been said, true devotion is in the caring for orphans.
The people who make up Faith Hope & Love show that devotion daily.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love this ministry and pray it moves into other counties to serve other foster children. This ministry brings dignity to a child on their very worst day along with faith, hope, and love!

Sheila A. B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My friend had a nephew suddenly dropped in her care and she received a dufflebag for him. He was excited by it.

1 Angel Healy M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for Children's Hospital of WI at the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). At the CAC, we see children within 2 days of removal from home for abuse/neglect exams, forensic interviews, and advocacy services. Often times, the children go into foster care without any (or very little) personal belongings. When they come to the CAC, I am able to provide the children with duffel bags supplied by Faith, Hope, and Love, that contain items they can call their own. The kids especially love the flashlights and hairbrushes (of all things!). We've even had the opportunity to supply some of the children with backpacks containing school supplies , which were also supplied by Faith, Hope, and Love. It is amazing (and surreal) to witness the excitement kids show when they receive their bags. The kids are generally so appreciative. The partnership that has been created with Faith, Hope, and Love has proven to be a win-win for the community and those children impacted by trauma.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Faith and Love has showed me while bad things happen, there are good people willing to step up and make the difference in the lives of many children in the community in which we reside . The bags are essential in helping kids feel in control of a situation they have no control in. These bags are a game changer!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

We are a nonprofit domestic abuse/sexual assault agency and shelter. Our clients come to us often traumatized, but always leaving an abusive household. The children are displaced and often afraid of what is and what lies ahead. Many times they needed to leave all belongings behin. Faith, Hope and Love provide duffel bags for our children containing age appropriate items such as stuffed animals, books, blankets. It makes a difference for the children entering the shelter to have something of their own. Faith, Hope and Love are very good about keeping our supplies stocked so each entering child has a duffel bag to call their own.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Faith, Hope & Love coordinated the effort for Christmas presents and cookies for the Kids in Juvenile Detention. The generous donations were delivered wrapped and ready for distribution on Christmas Morning. The kids and the Detention staff were very appreciative of the effort.