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Steven’s Hope To Close Permanently

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic causing cancellation of fundraising events, the Steven’s Hope for Children Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to close down all operations.   According to Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tony Cappelli, “In light of the current situation, we (the Board) did not see any reasonable way to continue operations without necessary funding.”

The shutting down of the economy and the limitation of group events, meant the elimination of the annual golf tournament, as well as other fundraisers planned for the summer. Additionally, with a very high potential that the annual fundraising lunch in November may not be allowed to happen, left the organization without an income stream to continue operations.

Cappelli said, “There was discussion of cutting back on programs, but eliminating support for the families we are working to help didn’t make sense.  We exist to help families and if we can’t do that, we cannot exist.  It was a very hard decision.”

Tony had made an announcement to the public about the decision and how the legacy of Steven and Steven’s Hope for Children will continue.

Steven’s Hope began after Tony and his wife, Sandy were expecting their third child.  Five months into the pregnancy, they found out that their unborn child had hypo plastic left-heart syndrome, along with secondary issues.  Doctors had recommended aborting but the Cappellis felt there was a reason for their child and continued the pregnancy.  They had hoped that Steven’s heart would be healed and if not, maybe his organs could be donated to save the life of another child. However, when he was born, his condition did not change and after 32 hours, Steven died in his parent’s arms.  That was when they found out that his organs were not suitable for donation.  This left the Cappellis looking for a reason for Steven’s short life.  

After much soul searching, they started Steven’s Hope for Children in 2002.  Since then, the charity has helped families from California, across the country and around the world.

COVID-19 Update

These are challenging times. The coronavirus pandemic is changing almost every aspect of our lives. Emotions and fear are running high. Yet, at this moment, we must all try to stay informed, safe and take every precaution we can to save ourselves and those around us from this nasty disease. 

In times like these, a few of the Core Values that Steven’s Hope has as an organization seem to be more appropriate than ever. 

  1. With Faith Everything Is Possible
  2. Embrace Hope
  3. Cherish Family
  4. Be Responsible for Each Other
  5. Treat Everyone With Respect

At Steven’s Hope, we are taking steps to keep our staff, volunteers and families as safe as possible.  Currently, our office is closed and the staff and volunteers are working remotely.  Families are still in our apartments, trying to limit contact and exposure to the outside world. Yet, we still need to support them in every way we can. 

Fundraising events and other in-person gatherings though June 30 have been cancelled or rescheduled.  The St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser with El Torito was cancelled.  The Drives to Save Lives Golf Classic originally scheduled for May 4 has been rescheduled to July 13. The night at the ballpark, scheduled for July 3, will most likely be canceled as there is currently no professional sports being played. Other activities, like Family Days, have been cancelled until further notice.  

As you can imagine, this pandemic has had a negative financial impact on Steven’s Hope.  If you are able to make a financial contribution online, please follow this link to make a donation. In the next few days, there will be more announcements coming about how you can support Steven’s Hope for Children to continue its programs and operations.

While there are very severe repercussions of this pandemic taking place, use this time to Make Ripples. Spend time with your family, play a board game, connect with a friend with an online chat that you never got a chance to do.  Get that “Honey Do List” done. Try a new recipe. Read a book. Spend time in the Bible. Create good memories that can last a lifetime.  

Our thoughts, prayers and hope go out to each of you.

Please check for Steven’s Hope updates on this website or on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Pages.

 

2020 Golf Tournament Now Open For Registrations-Sponsorship

The 18th Annual Drives To Save Lives Golf Tournament benefiting Steven’s Hope for Children is now accepting sponsorships and player registrations.  

The event will take place on Monday, May 4, 2020 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, one of the best courses in the Inland Empire.  Golfers will have an on-course lunch provided by Jack In The Box. Each registration includes, golf, cart (sponsored by the Matreyek Family), an on-course lunch (sponsored by Jack In The Box) and a plated dinner after golf, featuring a hosted bar (sponsored by Rhino Mechanical. Many other sponsorship opportunities are available from $100 to $10,000 with a variety of benefits.  Individuals can register for $300 per person/$1200 per foursome.  

In addition to the golf and the banquet, there will also be opportunity drawings, as well as, a silent and a live auction.  

For more information visit http://stevenshope.org/golf

18th Annual Golf Tournament May 4th at Red Hill Country Club.

The Gift That Gives All Year – LoveBoxes

Project: LoveBox. A great opportunity for clubs, groups, churches, companies and individuals to make a difference by giving a smile to someone in despair.

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean have to stop giving! Through Steven’s Hope Love Box program, you can give sick or seriously injured children and their families the knowledge that they aren’t alone in their struggles. It’s not hard, and with just a little time you can help make a family’s stay in a hospital just a little easier.

It’s a simple process with a big result.

Children dealing with cancer, transplant or other life threatening illnesses spend a lot of time in the hospital.  It can get overwhelming – the needles, the nausea, the boredom.  This is true not only for the sick child, but the parents at bedside, too.  So what can you do?

LoveBoxes are a great way to show the kids and parents spending long periods of time in the hospital that someone is thinking of them.  These “gifts of love” are full of games, crayons, puzzles, get well notes, and more.  

When the social workers or the nurses see the child and/or the parents starting to slip into despair, they get a LoveBox.  It’s unexpected. It’s a distraction.  It’s a smile.  It’s hope.

If you or your group would like to help fill LoveBoxes, please call Steven’s Hope at 909-373-0678.  For more information, click here.

2020 Leadership Team Announced

Stevens’s Hope 2020 Leadership Team Ready for Growth

Phil Hakopian is returning to once again be the Chairman of the Board for Steven’s Hope for Children Board of Directors.  This is the third year Mr. Hakopian has been charged with leading the organization.

The Executive Board of Directors includes, Mr. Hakopian, Johnny Scharnweber of Ringo Financial as Treasurer, Andy Nguyen of Nguyen Law Group as Secretary, and Tony Cappelli as President.

The the remainder of the voting Board of Directors also includes Bobby Del Real of The Renken Company, Justin Johnson of Goosehead Insurance and Shelley Hoover of Dickerson Employee Benefits.

 The Associate Board of Directors consists of Damon Santos of Banner Bank, Brett Strauss of SDP Payroll and Richard Munkvold of Frontier Homes. 

“We are super excited about this year”, said Phil Hakopian.  “A lot of changes were made in the second half of 2019 that will give Steven’s Hope a real chance to thrive and grow.  It wasn’t easy, but now we are in a great spot for 2020 and beyond.”

Steven’s Hope is still looking to expand the Board of Directors.  For information, contact Steven’s Hope for Children at 909-373-0678 and ask for Tony or Phil.

Brighten the Holidays With Winter Wonderland 2019

 

Can you feel it?  It’s coming soon!  That’s right the Winter Wonderland Project is HERE!!

Each year, supporters of Steven’s Hope gather together to support families with ill children to make the holidays a joyous time.  Parents of these children are facing so much stress: emotional, physical and financial.  For many, finances are so stretched that there may not be any presents to share on that special day.  

This is a perfect time for you, your family, your neighbors, your office, your civic group or club to make a real difference in the lives of a sick child, their siblings and their parents.

It’s easy.  

You can adopt a family and possibly fill their Christmas gift wishes.

You can host a toy drive for new, unwrapped toys for children 0 to 18 years of age.

You can sponsor the Winter Wonderland project with a financial contribution.

Above all, you can be an advocate for the benefits Steven’s Hope provides families. 

For more information, go to stevenshope.org/wonderland to get more information!

 

Where are they now? ARIANNA

Arianna when she was first diagnosed with liver disease.

You would have to look pretty hard to find someone who has as good of a spirit as Arianna.  At seven years old she had a liver transplant. Her parents had to relocate near Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and stayed with Steven’s Hope.  It was about a three month stay while she recovered.  

For Arianna, the memories of that critical time are good ones. Even while living in a place that wasn’t home, it felt like one, complete with Christmas presents for the whole family. Now turning 23 in August, Arianna works as a waitress in one of the restaurants at Soboba Casino. Her life’s journey has inspired her to go back to school for nursing in Pediatric Oncology. 

She now lives with her fiance and his daughter and loves being a “mom”. 

Arianna, today, doing well and loving life.

 

Health-wise, she’s doing great aside from a few health problems outside of the liver transplant.  Overall, doing very well. Her liver transplant doctor has her on the lowest dose possible of anti-rejection medication. Trying to live the most normal life she can being a mom and paying bills, all that fun stuff. 

Arianna, her “daughter” and boyfriend.

Arianna when she was staying at the Steven’s Hope apartments.

Backpack Pack Is Back Again

For the sixth consecutive year, Steven’s Hope is holding a backpack drive to help children be prepared for a successful school year.

Sandy Cappelli, Vice President and Operations Director, stated that many families Steven’s Hope helps are unable to provide necessities, such as school supplies to their children and that this backpack drive is able to help these families have a sense of normalcy back in their lives. And, to get the kids as ready as possible to learn.

Items that are needed to fill the backpacks can downloaded from the Steven’s Hope for Children website  at http://stevenshope.org/backpack/contents/ This year all backpacks, supplies and donations need to be received by July 25 at 5:00 PM. Deliveries can be made at Steven’s Hope for Children, 1014 W. Foothill Blvd, Suite # B, Upland, CA.

 

“Our goal is to provide 150 children fully stocked backpacks for the new school year,” said Sandy Cappelli.  ”The backpacks will be distributed to children in need entering grades K through 12. We just need support from the community to help reach the goal.”

For those that are short on time and would still like to make a donation, a $25.00 donation can help purchase the supplies for these children. Donations can be made by calling the office 866-3-STEVEN or online at http://stevenshope.org/support-us/.

Ballpark Night July 3

There is nothing quite like enjoying baseball on a warm summer evening in California, eating a hot dog, sipping on a soda, laughing at the team mascot and cheering on the home team.

On July 3, that is exactly what Steven’s Hope will be doing at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga.  You see, every year, Steven’s Hope invites families that it is assisting to take a day away from all their troubles, doctor appointments, financial worries and lack of funds.  That happens at Ballpark Night.  

All members of the sick child’s family get to come to cheer for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Baseball Team and Steven’s Hope pays for everything!  Tickets, hot dog, soda: all on us!  And after the game is over, the Quakes will have an awesome fireworks display that is perfect for Independence Day, even if it’s one day early!

Supporters of SHFC can make a donation of $20 to cover the cost of tickets and food for each person in the family.  $100 will help 5 family members attend.  And if you would like to join us, tickets in our section will be $10 each, but you’re on your own for food and drink.  It’s a great way to get to meet and visit with some of the families who are going through very trying times.

For more information, call the SHFC office at 909-373-0678 and speak to Amanda to sponsor a child, a family or to get tickets for yourself. 

Where Are They Now?

There have been a lot of families that have come through the Steven’s Hope for Children apartments.  Each child and family has unique situations and stories of how they came to know Steven’s Hope. Many of those stories had been shared either in person, in print, on line or on this website. 

Looking back over the last 17 years, we wondered what happened to all these families.  While many of the children came through their health challenges, many did not, leaving a whole in the family.  Some stayed in the area, some moved on.  

Recently, Steven’s Hope began reaching out to many of the families that were assisted since that first apartment in 2003.  Happily,  many of the families were very anxious to share their stories of where they are now as a family: how they have changed, healed, moved on and never forgotten the kindness and generosity they received from Steven’s Hope.

So, since all of you are the only reason Steven’s Hope was able to reach out help any of these families, we are announcing that during the first week of June, a new “series” called ‘Where are they now’ will be posted on this (and the soon to be launched new website).  We will highlight the family stories and update everyone with pictures and videos sent to SHFC from the families.  

Remember, visit the website or watch y0ur social media platforms to find out about “Where are they now??