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Important Message from Steven’s Hope regarding 2020 receipts and the future.

Co-Founder, Tony Cappelli, just posted a video detailing 202 year-end receipts and the future of the programs and projects of Steven’s Hope.

If you have donated, volunteered or been assisted by Steven’s Hope, please watch this four minute video.

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.

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 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

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??

Internship Program Prepares For New Class

The Retail & Management Internship Program introduced by Steven’ sHope for Children in June 2012 is now preparing for its second class scheduled to begin July 16.

This thorough 12 week program with a ten hour per week time commitment will provide instruction and training through the Children’s Boutique at Steven’s Hope. For information about the process, call Amber at 909-373-0678.

Concert Under The Stars Tickets To Support Steven’s Hope

Steven’s Hope for Children is offering tickets to the Concerts Under The Stars presented by the Hafif Family Foundation.  The annual event helps to raise funds for numerous nonprofit groups throughout the Southern California Area.  Charities like Steven’s Hope benefit by selling tickets to the outdoor concerts in La Verne and receive 100% of ticket proceeds.  All expenses of the concert and dinner are paid for by the Hafif Family Foundation.

Concert dates are July 14 and 21 and August 4.  Ticket prices are $55 each and include dinner.  Beverages including wine will be available for purchase at the event.

The concert takes place on the 100 acre estate of Herb & Kay Hafif.  The venue features statues and lush landscaping which creates a comfortable and beautiful setting for the outdoor concert.

Tickets are available on a first come-first served basis. For information, call Lulu at the SHFC office.

SHFC Families Get “Quakes” at Ballpark Night

Over 5 dozen family members assisted by Steven’s Hope for Children have requested tickets to the Annual “Night At The Ballpark” in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  This is one of the few opportunities donors and sponsors will be able to mingle with the families and children receiving benefits from the Inland Empire nonprofit organization.

Tickets are still available for the general public and sponsorships are still needed. Click here to view the flier about the event.



ampm Store Join “Drives To Save Lives” Effort

Beginning April 1, ampm stores around the LA/San Bernardino region will be displaying their support for Steven’s Hope for Children.  Up to 160 locations will be accepting $1 donations for a colorful image of a child as part of Drives To Save Lives.

According to Steven’s Hope President, Tony Cappelli, “The purpose of “Drives To Save Lives” is to mobilize as many people as we can in the southern California are to take action to help the families we serve at Steven’s Hope.  We want to be able to help more families at more hospitals and we need the support of many communities to make that happen.”

Activities for Drives To Save Lives include drives for items for children (toys, games, clothing), helping with Steven’s Hope projects such as Project: LoveBox and the Klothing Kids Project, awareness campaigns by using social media, and volunteering.