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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??

El Torito Hosts St Patrick’s Day Event

Steven’s Hope is once again returning to El Torito Restaurant in Ontario, CA to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The fundraising event will feature an all-you-can-eat Mexican/Irish buffet starting at 3PM following the brunch form 9AM to 3PM.  It all happens on Sunday, March 17. 

“This year puts us over the ten year mark doing this event with El Torito,” said co-founder and Executive Director, Tony Cappelli.  “Proceeds from these events have made a real difference to families dealing with a child needing a heart transplant, or receiving chemotherapy.  For many that travel in from out of state or out of the country, Steven’s Hope is the closest thing they have to home and a family, so proceeds from this event are very important.”

The all day family friendly service begins with the traditional El Torito Sunday Brunch at 9AM. At 3PM, the Mexican Irish buffet will open up featuring corned beef, cabbage, potatoes along with all the traditional Mexcian food El Torito is known for.   There will be raffles and contests and music lots of green stuff – including green beer.

Walk-ins guests are welcome but reservations are highly recommended, especially between 5PM and 7PM.  To make reservations call the restaurant at 909-944-9102. 

DATE: Sunday, March 17, 2019
LOCATION: El Torito, 3680 Inland Empire Drive, Ontario, CA 91764  909-944-9102
TIME:  Food service: Brunch 9AM-3PM, Buffet 3PM-8PM.
PROCEEDS OF THE EVENT GO TO STEVEN’S HOPE FOR CHILDREN

#shfccares  #eltorito  #stevenshope

Golf Registration Is Online And Open

Registration for players and/or sponsorships for the 17th Annual Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic are available now.  For the first time ever, participants can register online for golf, sponsorships, player packages, and enter in the names of their foursomes.  

“We’ve wanted to do online registration for several years and now, it’s active,” said Executive Director, Tony Cappelli.  “And, it’s very easy to use.”

To get information about the golf tournament visit the Golf Page
To get information about who is registered, visit the Sponsor Page

To register as an individual, foursome or a sponsor, visit the Register Page
To volunteer for the event, visit the Golf Volunteer page.

17th Annual Golf Tournament May 6 at Red Hill Country Club.

Steven’s Hope Joins Giving Tuesday Movement

This Nov 27th is #GivingTuesday. This year we are fundraising to support the Housing For Hope Program. Facebook and PayPal are matching donations on Facebook for a total of up to $7 million dollars. In addition, your donations to Steven’s Hope could be matched! Mark your calendar and help us reach our $5,000 goal to the Housing For Hope Program.

If you want to help, it’s easy to create your own fundraiser to support Steven’s Hope and the Housing For Hope Program.  Just go to    Then, enter Steven’s Hope and the amount you would like to try to raise on your own fundraiser.  For more details, click here.

Together, we can meet the goal of a one day total of $5,000 and maybe even have some of it matched by Facebook and PayPal!

New Development Director Brings New Energy To Steven’s Hope.

Steven’s Hope for Children is  pleased to announce that Amanda Behnke has joined our team as Development Director.

Amanda brings a wealth of fundraising experience from Western University of Health Sciences, San Gabriel Children’s Center, and University of La Verne. She holds an advanced degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as an MBA, and has been extensively involved in the Lions Club, as well as the Covina Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Amanda also founded a Girl Scout Troop and served as the President of the Terra Vista Elementary PTA.

“I have been familiar with the amazing work of Steven’s Hope for years,” said Ms. Behnke. “I’m very excited to have this opportunity to truly make a difference with these amazing families and all the supporters that impact them.”

Amanda is searching for people who would like to make the holidays great for the children and families we serve by getting involved with the many opportunities with projects and administration duties.

To get involved, please contact her by calling 909-373-0678 or by emailing her at amandab@stevenshope.org.  

Backpack Drive Breaks Record

Goal of 100 Exceeded!

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It’s amazing what happens when people get together to make a difference!

 
Steven’s Hope had a goal of distributing 100 backpacks to ill children and their siblings.
 
Just as the count was approaching 100, in comes over 100 backpacks collected by Danone.  Not only did they bring in stuffed backpacks, they brought in extra supplies just in case we were low! 

 

 

When everything was all counted, over 200 backpacks were collected to be sent out all over the Inland Empire. What a great way to kick off the school year for so many deserving kids!! 

 

Thank you, everyone!!!