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Nonprofit Overview

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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inheritance if Hope's mission is uniquely designed for families with young children and a parent fighting life threatening illnesses. We continue to see God's healing work firsthand in all that they do. We are committed to volunteering with them as long as we are able.

Mark & Cheryl McCoy

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at 3 of the Legacy retreats and have helped in other ways. Every decision and every step that IOH takes is done with great thought and planning and done in a way to use its finances with the utmost care. The needs of the families are always paramount in the way decisions are made and the way IOH goes about its business.

It is a privilege to volunteer in such an organization and to serve these families.

Nate M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My story with IOH began in 2014 when my family had the chance to experience a legacy retreat in Orlando.
My wife and four children were so welcomed by the IOH staff and volunteers we were overwhelmed by love and support. Amy my wife was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and pasted away in April of 2014. That retreat was the last time that my oldest son was able to experice life with his mom and even though he was in college IOH still found a way to get him there even having to reschedule his flight because of bad weather. This time together as a family will never leave my mind and how wonderful it was to receive the support and council that we needed at that time.
Well here it is 2016 now and I have had the opportunity to give back to other hurting families through this nonprofit organization. I have volunteered at three more retreats and have completely enjoyed serving and helping love on these other families that are hurting so badly in this time of life. I understand what it means to care for your spouse until she dies in your arms. IOH gave me the tools to help navigate through that time in my life and I will continue to help them serve and love others that are going through that time in their lives. Thanks IOH for all that you do and have done for me and my kids.

Michelle299

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AMAZING once again!! This was my 4th retreat to volunteer for and the IOH TEAM never forgets one detail it seems, if they do Id never know it.
I love the passion, love and devotion IOH shows, all the Smiles on the Families faces is worth every moment of my sore feet and lack of sleep.. LOL
Id serve every month if it was possible.
Way to go IOH your amazing and Kristen and Deric started all of this Joy by listening to Gods calling...
Thank you

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that provides hope and encouragement for families dealing with terminal illness. The organization is well run, very organized and focused on all the right things: the parent, the family and God. I was blessed to encounter this experience and be able to be a part of an amazing family of support to those who feel really alone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope has a lasting impact on families facing the loss of a parent, and it is a blessing to me to be able to witness it first hand. I see families arrive sometimes unsure of what to expect; they leave encouraged and filled with great memories together. I am thankful for Inheritance of Hope!

AnnaConti

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This November I served on my 9th Inheritance of Hope (IOH) Legacy Retreat, and I have to say, volunteering never ceases to be a blessing in my life. IOH impacted me and my family almost 5 years ago when we attended a retreat while my dad was sick with cancer, and now I have been volunteering ever since. I love this organization with all of my heart and am very passionate about giving back to them. Each retreat fills me with so much joy and I love getting the chance to serve families who are hurting. Inheritance of Hope not only blesses those who attend their retreats, but also those who are volunteers and staff. This organization is so unique and incredible, and I am so thankful to have the privilege to be a part of the team. There is nothing like it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inheritance of Hope is such a blessing! I have loved getting to serve on their last two retreats.
To be honest, I think I like coming back as a volunteer better than being a family member (though that was awesome too!). I have found so much joy in giving back. I was talking to a woman from my church about this last week and she was saying that I feel this way because I'm doing the thing God's created us to do... to serve. I couldn't agree more. :)
IOH is such an amazing organization! Every time I leave a Legacy Retreat, I feel like I've left a big part of myself behind. I can't wait for the next retreat!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Their goal is to inspire hope and that they do! Both in the families they help and in the volunteers as well. It is encouraging as a volunteer to see families who are suffering through far more than most of us have, all while maintaining such a strong spirit of hope and peace, despite the chaos of their everyday life. Beyond the encouragement though, IOH blesses these families with memories they will cherish and never forget. During the last retreat, families (and quite frankly volunteers too) enjoyed trips to Disney, Universal, and Sea World, with special access privileges, all within a 3-day stretch. Alongside the fun, IOH provides guidance and preparations to the families as they continue to face the realities and challenges of their life-threatening illnesses. Blessed I could (and can) be a part of this selfless organization that puts the legacy of other families so high on their list. Whether you believe or not, God's hand is most certainly at work here! And His love is on display.