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Inheritance of Hope

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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 44 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

355 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope goes above and beyond to create memories for you and your family they are the best charity we have ever come in contact with we will always support any way possible Meeting other familys and creating an everlasting bond was priceless Never give up on Hope!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been struggling with the news of my terminal cancer. A friend told me about Inheritance of Hope. It's a wonderful group that provides a beautiful setting for a retreat. They provide a safe environment for parents & children to learn ways to deal with a terminal diagnosis. They also pick up the tab for lots of entertainment & ways to make memories. Our trip was to Orlando, FL. We went to Disney, Universal, Sea World & we were sent on a special date night. It is a group that I highly recommend.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I had the most amazing time of our lives in Orlando Flordia! Changing lanes filled out an application for my family and I to go to inheritance to hope to go on a family vacation because they know that I don't have a lot of money! And WOW is the least I can say about this nonprofit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope is an amazing organization. We were a part of the May 2017 retreat. The groups were encouraging and life changing and having time with family was refreshing. The volunteers were so caring and they helped to create memories that my family will never forget.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Amazing organization. Me and my daughters were fortunate to attend The Legacy Retreat in Orlando, FL, serving families with a possible upcoming loss of a parent and the generous outpour of love, support and activities were mind blowing. I'm forever grateful for this organization .

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot express the absolutely joy the IoH retreat brought my family and I. Just when I was pinching myself that all this was happening to us it got better and better. The mix between the wonderful experiences and also sharing feelings with fellow cancer survivors was truly wonderful and humbling. This trip helped me more in terms of dealing with my diagnosis than any of the actual treatment or counseling I have had. I appreciate so much the love shown to us by all there and in particular our lovely volunteer who shepherded us through all the wonderful experiences. Normally I have to lead from the front but it was nice being led and not being the person in charge. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family experienced an incredible gift from the ministry and efforts of the Inheritance of Hope staff and volunteers. The retreat talks, ministry, meals and coordination efforts, time at Disney, Universal and Seaworld with my family will be a Legacy and memories that last in my family for a lifetime. Our volunteers were well trained and served us with selflessness and love! Thank you for inviting us to the Inheritance of Hope family! WOW!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been fighting breast cancer for 2 years now and the type of cancer I have will end up eventually spreading and be terminal. I have always wanted to take my children to Disney and take them on an amazing vacation but due to medical bills and all the expenses that go with it I would never be able too. I was nominated by my doctor nd nurse navigator for this wonderful all expenses/worry free vacation put on by inheritance of hope. When the aay worry free they meen worry free. I didn't have to worry about navigating through the numerous parks, shuttles, all expenses associated with a 3 park trip,food, airline tickets, hotel, and numerous other things. I was able to have those moments with my family that they can remember long after I'm gone. This is an amazing non profit that not only have me his gift but I walked away with life long support and friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing!!!! Inheritance of Hope is the most intentional, beautiful organization I've ever come across. It's been an honor to serve with them and a true joy. They have an excellent balance between making memories and intentionally equipping parents and children for the challenges they face.

mfiguerola

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to express the amazing feeling we have after experiencing this trip. I watched a volunteer carry a child off the bus late at night after the mom had to go back to the hotel to rest. This volunteer loved, cared for and allowed this child to continue to have fun way into the evening at Magic Kingdom. This is the most self-less group of people I have EVER met in my life. I honestly cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have made these long lasting friendships knowing there are people going through exactly the same thing we are facing. God bless each of you at Inheritance of Hope including donors, staff, volunteers and families! We love each of you so much!!

Chandra_Goodman

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was invited to attend the Legacy Retreat in Orlando Florida. We were pretty excited about this trip for months and counting down the days constantly, but little did we know the how incredibly amazing it really was going to be. It exceeded our expectations 100% plus some! We were overwhelmed with the amount of love and service we received from each and every volunteer and also the other families attending the retreat. We were able to create new relationships with families that are going through the same struggles as we were. We laughed, we cried, we played, we rested, we learned and we loved. This experience was incredibly positive and uplifting spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. I want all families facing the loss of a parent to know about it so they can benefit it. We will never forget the memories we made there and all the inspiration we received while in their care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

IOH and its team of volunteers helped my family and I navigate the emotional challenges of my late stage cancer diagnosis. While my daughter is only 4 and unaware of my cancer, I will apply the tips and guidance received over the next few months to begin sharing information with her in small doses. Additionally, my husband and caregiver, learned so much from networking with other caregivers and counselors. Finally, I learned that living my life with intention and proactive planning is not a sign of giving up hope.

IOH is an amazing organization with a strong mission and vision for helping young families who are facing the loss of a parent.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love Inheritance of Hope!! It is a joy to be a part of such a wonderful organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope is an amazing organization! Everything was so organized and thought out. No stress on us. The counseling sessions were the most helpful and really opened my eyes to how others are also struggling with an illness. My child , age 12, always had a smile on her face and made a special connection with another girl her age. The volunteers were amazing and so very helpful. The fast passes and VIP treatments made the parks more enjoyable because we didn't have to wait in the long lines. When I applied for this experience I wondered what the catch was. There was no " catch" and I can only say positive things about our retreat. So many wonderful, caring people made this possible and I can't thank them enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having supported Inheritance of Hope's vision for years I was so excited to finally get to volunteer for one of their retreats. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The team at IOH had thought of every detail to make these 27 families comfortable. Every family left with a feeling of family, a support system and a legacy for their family. Every volunteer left with a full heart. Inheritance of Hope fills a very big need for families with an ill parent. Well done!!

Donor

Rating: 5

IOH has blessed us in so many way. It was so wonderful to be able to share stories with other families in the same situation. It made us feel that we were not alone with the feelings we have. And the volunteers were so awsome on doing everything they can to make our trip easier.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly focused on supporting and helping families. The tools we received and overall investment of time and love, have greatly eased our burdens. They took wonderful care of us, and can think of no other organization to support in the future. Young family focused, an area that is sorely lacking in the cancer community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group worked well together during a very busy time in Orlando last month. A new venue, crowded streets, transportation blips were handled with grace and the families that attended the Legacy Retreat were unaware of the struggles due to the efficiency and flexibility of the staff. The leadership this group exhibits is outstanding as they care for each and every member of the families in attendance. It is exciting to be a part of such a large, cohesive, thoughtful group with such an important common focus---which is to Inspire Hope......

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel Inheritance of Hope is a valuable non profit because they dedicate all monies towards their retreats for families with young children who have a parent with a life-threatening illness. The counselors work with the parents and children to help them understand and discuss what they are feeling. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to help the families create memories that will last a lifetime. I have just finished my third retreat and I am already looking forward to the next time. I feel my time is well spent since the organisers have every minute well planned. This is a very worthwhile organisation.

Gina94

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were very blessed by Inheritance of Hope! They chose our family along with others to be flown out to Orlando, Florida for a stress free completely organized and paid for-planned weekend of endless fun. From our original contact coordinator to the volunteer who helped our family during the weekend to the multitude of loving people who loved on us the entire weekend we felt cared for and important. It was a chance to meet other families experiencing the same thing our family was going through. Because of this Legacy retreat, we have met lifelong friends and created a lasting legacy memory for our family!

Blake A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Inheritance of Hope has been one of the most enriching experiences. In 4 days you have a new relationship with multiple families that can endure a lifetime. Being a volunteer for IOH has given me new perspective on how we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus for these families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dena and I have found such a wonderful home with IOH. Seeing the impact this organization has on families is truly amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer trying to establish as normal a life as possible for our two small children, Inheritance of Hope provided us a wonderful opportunity to create family memories in an unforgettable experience. We had the chance to attend a retreat and it was an experience we could not otherwise afford given our current medical expenses and it was a dream for our children. Volunteers and staff were remarkably compassionate and extremely kind, and my children often comment on how much they miss them since our retreat ended. It also gave both us and the children an opportunity to connect with families dealing with serious, life-threatening illnesses.

Gaby-Borjas T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great time and the staff and volunteers were amazing. This experience meant a lot to our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope contacted us after my wife had submitted our application because of her terminal brain cancer. They gave us a true gift by making us more aware of the opportunity to be more "intentional" with the remaining time that not only my wife has left but the realization that the time we all have is finite and that its never too early to share our thoughts and intentions with those we love. Being able to package our thoughts for future events our daughter will face and experience was emotional yet inspiring and even uplifting! Having the opportunity to share our experiences battling my wife's illness with the seven other couples was an extreme comfort, especially being able to commiserate with the other care giving spouses. Finally, having the tremendous support staff cater to our every need and whim (like having Angie ride the red rocket roller coaster with Jordan after I was dazed) was a great feeling and help.

Azeza K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This retreat was life changing ,
We are eternally greatfullfor this opportunity!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an initial member of the Board of Directors of Inheritance of Hope I have been privileged to witness the steady growth of our organization as we strive to inspire hope in young families facing the loss of a parent. Supporters of IOH can be assured that their funds are being used with the utmost care, most evident in the fact that the organization is built upon a foundation of volunteers. I have personally volunteered at over ten Legacy Retreats, in both New York City and Orlando. Each time I come away knowing that my life has been touched in the days spent with families from across the country. Often different in backgrounds and religious faiths, these families are united in their efforts to make sense of the challenges they are facing, and to use the time during the Legacy Retreat to form memories that will last a lifetime. One of the most encouraging signs that Inheritance of Hope is having a positive impact on families is the number of people who first encounter our organization as a participant in a Legacy Retreat, and then return as a volunteer to serve other families.
Those of us who work with Inheritance of Hope are pleased that we have now served some 350 families through our Legacy Retreats. At the same time we recognize that there are so many other families who could benefit from our services. We are determined to work even harder to grow the organization, not only through Legacy Retreats but also our Legacy Scholarships, publications, webinars, social media -- in short, as we strive to build ongoing communities of support for families with a terminally ill parent.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope was a answer to prayers for our family. My husband has been battling brain cancer for the past three years. We have been told to "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst", but how do you do that when you have young kids? The Inheritance of Hope Legacy retreat has helped us by giving us hope while also helping us prepare to leave a legacy for our kids. A few days after we returned from our retreat we learned my husband had a new tumor. Our kids, 8 and 10, where able to use the tools they learned in their sessions to help deal with their worried and fear. We were able to make memories as a families that our kids will be able to cherish forever. Inheritance of Hope has been a blessing for families like ours.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Facing a life threatening illness is tough, even devastating. Having an organization to help me, my husband, and our kids as we face this illness means that we are not alone- we have a community that helps us connect with others in a similar situation, gives us specific and practical tools, and even gives us opportunities to laugh and make memories along the way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat was a welcome chance to meet and talk with other families going through similar situations as well as trained counselors. The chance to create memories with our boys in NYC was truly amazing and special. I wish there was more down time to interact with the other families but understand that it is hard to balance ding group activities within the timeframe of the 3.5 days.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope far, far, far exceeds what we expect from a nonprofit organization. They have provided me and my family a tremendous amount of support in our most difficult of days, and continue to comfort us even to this day. We genuinely love this organization and are blessed to be part of the IoH family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I appreciated this trip so much! When I was diagnosed with breast cancer so much fear and unknown hits you and your family. My husband urged us to not worry and turn it over to Jesus. Our children, son,8 and niece,10 were very upset. We discussed what might happen and explained how we had faith and all would work out. This helped them handle what may happen.
The trip was first class and tremendous for us all. IOH was very prepared, very generous, and organized so well that we could not think of anything that could have been done better. My husband and I have told many folks about IOH and have asked if they wanted to donate to a great organization, IOH was that.
I am so thankful that we were invited to participate in the trip as it made our children, my husband, and I realize so many people care for us during this time in my life.
Sincerely,
Melanie Dixon

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was referred to Inheritance of Hope after my glioblastina diagnosis. At the time it was gut wrenching even to think about qualifying. Then I was contacted by Christy and she explained what the organization does. One year later we were invited to the NYC retreat and have just returned. It was the most wonderful experience. Our family made so many amazing memories. We met so many other wonderful families and the kids bonded so quickly with others in their group. My husband and I were able to create a beautiful, funny and lasting legacy video for our children and families no matter what the future holds.