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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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......
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Once again one of the most if not the most amazing experiences in my life. Such a wonderful community was built and lasting friendships were made. Even with the growth of this retreat it still had the same feel as with fewer families. Personal connections were made between everyone. Also all the little details were covered. IOH thought of everything that could have happened and were prepared for it.
I have volunteered with Inheritance of Hope two times. I love this amazing organization. IoH truly seek to help families facing the potential loss of a parent. Not only does IoH give families a retreat to have a good time, but they also seek to equip the families with tools to get through such a difficult time. I love serving with IoH and cannot wait to serve again.
The care and attention to detail that Inheritance of Hope has is phenomenal. Everything is done with such love, that little is overlooked and any hiccup is immediately remedied. I was a first time volunteer on the August Legacy Retreat and not only was this retreat life changing for the families who participated, but for the volunteers as well. These retreats are coordinated to offer fun and family time, but also a fellowship with the other families and the volunteers that will make a lasting impression. The word Hope is not just in the title, it resonates throughout the retreat in such a powerful way from the beginning to the end. This is an organization that as soon as you get involved as an attendee or a volunteer, you are truly in the family!
My wife and I volunteered at the May 2014 Legacy Retreat in Orlando. After we returned home, we both looked at each other and said that we felt almost "lost" after being on such a life-changing event. The entire time we were engaged with our recipient families, and grew to love each one individually. I saw the move of God's Spirit in the lives of every family member and each volunteer. We both can hardly wait to serve with Inheritance of Hope again.
I volunteered at the May 2014 Legacy Retreat in Orlando, Florida. My experience during the retreat far exceeded my expectations. I could see the Love of Christ flowing in and through the families and volunteers throughout the retreat.
It was amazing to see a group of strangers become one big family in such a short period of time - just four days. Some arrived with excitement and anticipation, while others were somewhat anxious and a bit reluctant about what they were about to experience. By the end of the retreat, they were all full of love, appreciation and hope. It was more than just a visit to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World...it was experiencing the love of Christ and new found family and friends.
I recommend this organization to anyone that wants to give of themselves, and truly be the hands and feet of the Lord.