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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

160 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.