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Five Points Of Hope

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Five Points of Hope is an organization dedicated to assisting individuals experiencing financial difficulties while dealing with the diagnosis of cancer.

Target demographics: Michigan residents diagnosed with cancer and facing financial difficulties.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 153 individuals

Geographic areas served: the state of Michigan

Programs: $500 grants are provided to grant recipients annually based on referral from a licensed oncology related social worker.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to support this non-profit. The dedication of their volunteers and the passion the organization has to make a difference in the lives of those going through cancer treatment is admirable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My company has become involved with FPOH. The golf outing had been great and, as an organization we love their message and the work and how they support they community.
We have become more involved in other events and love the effort this team puts forth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Five Points of Hope from their inception over 12 years ago. At first I participated as a donor/supporter attending their fundraisers. I was always very impressed with the passion and commitment from the small group of volunteers who were and are the heart of this charity. After a few years of just being a guest at their events, I decided to join the group as a volunteer. Over the years Five Points of Hope's outreach to provide financial assistance to cancer patients has grown from only assisting Oakland County residents to all Michigan residents. And still all this has been accomplished through the hard work and dedication of a very small army of volunteers. Five Points of Hope does not have any paid staff so almost all of the money raised goes directly to helping Michigan cancer patients focus on their healing as opposed to the financial burdens they face from this disease. Two years ago I took on the role of Grant Recipient Coordinator. I work directly with social workers and medical professionals who submit financial assistance requests on behalf of their patients. I see first hand how great the need is for what we offer. I also learn how much hope we have provided to those patients we are able to help. And again all of this is accomplished by a very determined small group ( approximately 15) of volunteers whose mission is to help cancer patients maintain their dignity and provide hope during this very difficult time in their life.

It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of such an amazing group of volunteers, who with integrity, compassion and dedication, continue to strive to help others in need

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending the "A Night to Remember" event since Five Points of Hope's inception many years ago. I have watched this non-profit grow to now include many great, fun, creative, successful events, including Golf, Euchre, Painting, just to name a few. Their goal is a great one...to help patients with the many costs associated with their cancer diagnosis and journey; costs they are unable to pay themselves. Being a stage IV Breast Cancer patient myself, I understand the stress that comes with the cancer diagnosis itself, treatment, and side effects. Adding the additional burden of inability to cover the costs, would just be overwhelming. The people working for this charity understand that pressure, and truly want to have an impact...as is evident by trying to include local businesses to participate in fund raising events. They understand the more people who are involved, the more funds they will raise. In the end, helping cancer patients to receive the treatment they need and deserve, while minimizing their financial pressure, is what this caring non-profit, Five Points of Hope, is all about. They demonstrate their commitment in everything they do.

1 Ellen B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Five Points of Hope is a fantastic organization. It is such a worthwhile event. I never miss it. The money goes to help the fight against cancer
As a cancer survivor I appreciate all the time and effort put into this fun evening.

1 BevHavens

Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended the Five Points of Hope annual 'Night to Remember' several times. The most memorable was with my 3 sisters. The 4 of us really enjoyed the evening and the silent auction. It was the best 'Sisters Night Out'. Our family has directly been affected by cancer and want to make a difference in fighting this hideous disease. Erin Welsh is a great hostess - she approaches everyone and is the bell of the ball.

The silent auction has so much variety that everyone will find something that they just have to bid on and follow up to make sure you win it. The pampering room is divine - you can get a manicure, pedicure and massages - is a great treat. The event has grown each year, yet you see old and new friends every year. I hope all the vendors that contribute understand the social and community commitment that they are helping Five Points of Hope in achieving - thank you.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended this event for quite a few years. It has grown from a small group of 40 people in a private home to over a few hundred people that now attend this event at a country club. It is amazing to me how well this event does in our community that has been hit by very difficult economic times. Erin Welsh has been a great leader in the Commerce/Milford area. Dedicating her time and efforts to strengthen a community as we come together to support cancer survivors. We all know someone that has been affected by cancer. We can all take comfort in knowing that one by one, we can make a difference!

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel honored to have Clutter Busting Coach, LLC be a sponsor for this event for the last three years. A Night to Remember is a special evening bringing special people together to enjoy good company, good food and great pampering all while supporting a good cause.

As a small business owner it is important for me to give back to my community and because the proceeds benefit individuals going through the cancer experience I feel strongly about supporting this event with my sponsorship as well as with my attendance.

If you look around the room during the event you see everyone having a great time. It is such a "feel good" evening.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Five Points of Hope charity's founder, Erin Welsh, does a remarkable job of bringing a community together in a fun and informal way with her A Night to Remember event held annually in November.

A Night to Remember uniquely offers an evening of therapy (of the shopping and pampering kind) by having vendors sell their goods and services and donating portions of their proceeds to her designated charity.

One can only marvel at the kindness of others when attending this event - from the donated silent auction items to the vendor gifts and services and the hundreds of attendees year and year that come together to support this cause.

It is a one of a kind event that I look forward to attending each year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Five Points of Hope for several years now. I started as a vendor selling goods, and now continue to be involved on a volunteer basis. A Night to Remember is a wonderful night of pampering, having the oppurtinity to purchase unique gifts and participate in a silent auction, all under one roof. A truly spectacular evening to enjoy with family and friends.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five Points of Hope is a great organization that helps Cancer patients and families in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This event is wonderful! It's a warm and inviting event that you can come shop, get pampered, participate in a silent auction and socialize. My husband and I always have a wonderful time. We've been going for years. I especially enjoy the mini-pedicure's, gift shopping and silent auction items. Looking forward to this coming Fall for another great time!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

November 2010 was my second year attending the Five Points of Hope "A Night To Remember" event. It is a fun filled evening with great people raising money for an excellent cause. My daughter has even become interested in volunteering. This will be an annual event for us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Five Points of Hope's "A Night to Remember" is a great event. I have attended this event the past three years. It has a variety of pamper stations from nails to massages to phycic readings if you want to enjoy all at a resonable price. The variety of vendors is amazing. Each vendor donates a gift to a silent auction. This is well bid on and all profit/donations are greatly appreciated by the charach Cancer Center and put to use to make the patients more comfortable. The location is upscale and drinks are available for a nominal fee and orderves are provided. It truly makes a great "Girls Night Out"