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Inheritance of Hope Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Human Services

Mission: To inspire hope in young families facing the loss of a parent.

Results: Families from 39 states have experienced a life-changing Legacy Retreat, an all-expenses-paid experience where families make lifelong memories and receive the tools to navigate the challenges of terminal illness.

Target demographics: young families facing the loss of a parent.

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Legacy Retreats, 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.

Community Stories

266 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Andrew T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The legacy retreat was an overwhelming experience. The love shared with my family by strangers was unexpected and needed. For a few days we were surrounded by people who get it and understand exactly where we are at and what it feels like to not know what the next day will bring. The volunteers were amazing and worked from their heart.
Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

IoH far exceeded my expectations. Very organized, very generous and very well run. The people involved are patient, compassionate and a lot of fun to be around. They provided many useful resources for us. A great experience for the entire family. Thank you IOH!

Julie Dobbelmann S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with IOH was so incredible and our family will be forever grateful for all that IOH did for us while we were on our legacy trip in NYC. I can’t say enough great things about the staff and volunteers at IOH! Truly a life changing experience!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with IOH was amazing! All I can say is we were treated with respect and love from the moment our application went in. It was the first time my husband (and other spouses/caregivers from what I saw) were talked to and listened to as well. I was completely comfortable leaving my small children with the counselors - they love the kids and the kids adore them. There are no pockets being lined here- monies are spent judiciously. Thank you so much IOH for such a great experience for my family, and all of the other families served.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope is an organization that is full of the most caring people I ever met. The empathy they share with the families is from experience and is so genuine. Everything about the retreat was above and beyond anything I ever expected. In 4 days they turned strangers into forever friends - After the retreat was over my family and I were left speechless thinking to ourselves WOW THAT JUST HAPPENED!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter and granddaughters allowed me the privilege of joining them on their IOH retreat in New York City. I didn't quite know what to expect, but I was "wowed"! We all felt genuinely loved and pampered by the volunteers and coordinators. The hotel was perfectly situated, the planned events were entertaining for all of us, and the breakout sessions were meaningful. Words cannot adequately express how blessed we have been to be a recipient of this important service. Thank you, IOH!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful to the Inheritance of Hope organization and volunteers for making our NYC trip truly special! Our family enjoyed some much needed time away and we consider ourselves blessed to be chosen for this opportunity. The staff was "top notch" and served us above and beyond our expectations.

We will always consider this trip among some of our favorite family memories!
Thank you IOH!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Attended the IoH retreat with my family and many others families along the way. Very uplifting and informative. We learned a lot and had fun in the process. I would recommend this organization to everyone!!!

1 Shelby L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a family member served and now a volunteer, the Inheritance of Hope has truly changed my life. I have loved serving with this incredible organization that does so much good for so many people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, twin sister of a family served, and donor of this incredible organization, I cannot say enough about the massive impact this organization makes in the lives of the families it serves. Not only do they create the opportunity for a free vacation with no stress and limitless memories that will be remembered by these children for the rest of their lives, but they give support to the families (and kids as well) in many instances for the rest of their lives.
There are no words to explain how powerful it is for a family going through crisis to have the opportunity to talk with other families going through the same thing. Especially for the children, who up until meeting other kids at this retreat often feel very alone in their family situation.
Once a family leaves a retreat, they continue to be uplifted not only by the staff and volunteers, but by the other families they met while on the retreat. Watching the powerful influence this organization has on these families has been a miracle in my life, and one I will never forget.
Another amazing thing about the organization is how many volunteers are willing to put themselves out there and really care - even knowing the emotional stress it can have. The volunteers are incredible, and so numerous that you often have to get on a waiting list to volunteer!
Sadly, the only reason this organization isn't holding these retreats more often is money. Please consider donating (it costs the organization about $5,000 for each family they support), and helping make it possible to change the lives and perspectives of these families, volunteers, staff and many others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most loving groups of people I have ever encountered! God sure shines His light through these people as they impact families' legacies! I was so blessed to participate in a retreat earlier this year and hopefully will be able to be a part of many many more.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A serious illness in a parent is beyond devastating. IOH provides families with guidance, support, and wisdom. Connections and relationships made, during IOH retreats, are both irreplacable and indescribable. Thank you, to the faith-filled IOH team...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is top rated for so many reasons and I can speak from several different vantage points, My family attended a Legacy Retreat in 2011. Because our lives were changed and our family legacy was impacted in such a meaningful way I have been a volunteer and donor since then. I am committed to support this unique ministry where love and grace is seen in action with each family served.
Inheritance of Hope provides families like mine with help, support and most of all hope during the crisis of terminal illness in families with young children. IOH provides families with an all expense paid trip to a Legacy Retreat. This retreat provides families a much needed respite from
the struggles that are a daily reminder of terminal illness. Precious memories are made and intentional legacies are encouraged and supported through volunteers helping and loving on families. I almost forgot to mention!! The retreats are fun and the activities are endless and the volunteers are second to none!

Michelle299

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cant begin to even try and explain what Inheritance of Hope has done for me.
They have blessed me in so many ways and The IOH is My Family.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2010 I was Family member of this amazing organization, my Husband passed away in 2012 from his Cancer diagnosis.
Inheritance of Hope Team was such a blessing to us.
I started volunteering with Inheritance of Hope in Jan 2013 in the memory of Enis.
Inheritance of Hope has added so much Joy to my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family (Melinda Caldwell, Maddi Caldwell, and my self Jeanette Cain(mother of Melinda))
Truly enjoyed our experience with IOH. I cannot express enough what a blessing it was to realize this was a faith based organization. I feel it brought us all closer to God and close with all the other families and volunteers there. The closing service was incredible. I wish I could get a copy of the video of the lady who started all this ( I'm terrible at remembering names) and her testimony. It touched my heart so much and I would like to show it at my church to get support for IOH. And share with other churches in our area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Family just returned from an amazing IOH legacy retreat. It was an unbelievable family experience for our family. My husband and I along with our 5 children were were not only treated to an all expense paid Disney vacation but we were given tools to navigate my husband's terminal cancer. I felt like we totally left cancer behind and were met with unconditional love from the first moment we met our volunteers. The staff and volunteers have a selfless commitment to ensuring that not only every need of our family was met but that we also were able to make countless memories and have a great time. I now feel like I am not only in this cancer journey and that I've made friends from the IOH retreat that will support me on the road ahead. Some day I plan to pay it forward and become an IOH volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a single mom of 2 young girls this foundation spoiled us on a trip we would have never been able to afford on our own. With a terminal diagnosis of lung cancer, I get very tired easily and have such a hard time keeping up with my kids and being organized. They really took all the work out of a vacation and it allowed us to have so much more fun and enjoy each other! It was great to interact with other adults with young families going through the same kind of struggles as well as my kids meeting other kids that can relate! We have met a wonderful support group and hopefully have made life long friends. I am truly grateful for this once in a lifetime experience and hope other families will be able to go on a retreat and make lasting memories as we have! Thank you IOH! Forever in our hearts! ❤

Client Served

Rating: 5

Me and my family had the most wonderful time and enjoyed all the staff and their assistance in everything especially Alan who was such an inspirational and uplifting addition to all of our experiences. Getting to hear some of the stories and experiences of others with similar troubles was nice and also sad but I would recommend this to anyone having similar problems and we have done just that. Thanks for everything and adding to some wonderful memories for my whole family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family attended when I was only 15, and it just amazed me. I was nervous at first, but I met so many children in the same situations I was in. At home I never had the chance to meet anyone my age who had a terminally I'll parent. The organization really gave me the hope that I needed to help me and my family through our trails. After my mom passed away, I came back as a volunteer with my father. I absolutely loved it. There is nothing I love more than helping a family just like Inheritance of Hope once helped me. They go above and beyond to make these families make lasting memories and use helpful tools.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is very grateful for Inheritance of Hope. We had the privilege of attending the May 2017 retreat. The group of volunteers are truly amazing! In 4 short days they have truly helped bring my family closer! We cried, laughed, laughed some more, and made life long memories. Thank you IOH

We love you all
The Roachos