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Amanda203

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Review for Wings of Hope Living Forward Inc, Gilbertsville, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Hi. I'm Amanda. I have 2 girls but my baby girl lives in Heaven. Amber was diagnosed with Acute Myloed Leukemia 2 weeks before 2nd birthday. My Lil Cancer Warrior fought for 9 months. Amber is forever 2 years 8 months. I joined this group last year. I have attended several retreats. I have met and and became close friends with other Angel Parents and Grandparents. I feel like they are my extended family who understands my grief. The retreats has helped me so much. I have found some peace there. If you havent buried a child, then you really don't understand and can't grasp the long term hurt and grief that we are experiencing on a daily basis. Children is suppose to bury their parents not the other way around. I wake up daily feeling robbed of so much life with my baby girl. There is no "getting over it" or "moving on". Really. We live without our child daily. All we have left is pictures and memories to comfort us. Grieving is a life long process. Grief doesn't go away or take days off. Grieving has become a part of me that will last a lifetime. I wouldn't want this to happen to my worst enemy. Wings of Hope is an amazing group where I can grieve without criticism and talk with others about everything. This non profit group has so many wonderful things to help others with the death of a child /grandchildren. I am so blessed to have found Wings of Hope. I'm including a couple photos of my baby girl, Amber.

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Review for Wings of Hope Living Forward Inc, Gilbertsville, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am also a grieving mother. My youngest daughter is forever 2 years 8 months. She had Acute Myloed Leukemia. She fought it for 9 months. I felt so helpless and alone. My husband also my girls father wasn't there for me at all. My family and so called friends wasn't there for me.. They all used the same excuse. They couldn't handle it. The last couple of weeks, I watched my baby deteriate. She was dying. I rocked her as she left me to go to Heaven. I have been a member of this awesome group for 11 months now. Wings of Hope Living Forward has helped me so much with my grief. A part of me past away when she did. I will never be that person again. I have changed that much. Through this group, I met strangers. Those strangers quickly became friends. After the retreat began to end, I had some great friends. My new friends understands me. We are here for each other. My life has changed forever!
I speak about what I know of. I speak for myself and not what other's say. I speak my opinions, personal feelings, and experiences. I do not get involved with hearsay/rumors. It causes alot of drama. Some people thrives on it. I have been through enough. No drama, hearsay or rumors. This way I don't get fooled, and drawn into it.
I know and asked an accountant and business finance. Same person. Yes Wings of Hope is a nonprofit organization. An nonprofit organization must account for every dollar that comes in and goes out. Susan G. Kolmen foundation is also nonprofit for breast cancer awareness. Both sell merchandise. I don't have a problem with Wings of Hope Living Forward store. No one is required to purchase anything. The cost of retreat includes cost of the huge rented homes, covers all food, unless you want something else. There is always plenty of food. Materials needed for the retreat, candles,t-shirt , gifts, prizes, and all activities. I have been to 3 retreats so far. And I will be going again. All of us volunteer to help with daily running of household. We all do whatever needs done. There are no outside volunteers. I haven't experienced any problems. And I haven't been disrespected either. If volunteers left, that is their right. We all must do what is best for us.
It isn't anyone's business who makes what. Just like you. But nonprofit, the state and federal does keep up with the different rules and regulations. Personally, I have wrote up an employee for discussing his. Just saying. In my opinion that should get paid. They dedicate all their time for this group and organizing retreats. Who are you,need to know, judging people about what kind of people they are and their morales. I do not judge people, I'm not suppose to.No one knows their personal situation. The memorial page if you read it in its entirety it says small donation. A certain amount is not asked for. And no I haven't done it yet. But I plan on it. The parents do most of the memorial. It is the parents who gather their favorite pictures, favorite poems, and then send it in. The parent obviously wants a copy if it. If someone is disgusted with a group, I don't understand why you are still in it? Especially since you are going on hearsay, which of course does not hold up in court. That is exactly why I don't believe hearsay/rumors. Causes more drama.
I did notice you did not mention any of your personal feelings or experiences. Also personally attending retreats was not mentioned. Surely a person would not talk about other people drama especially without having her own personal experiences to back anything up. This is why I talk about things I know about or have facts to back it based on my personal feelings and experiences. I am glad I found this group. Wings of Hope Living Forward has helped me so much.

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