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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.  It all happens on 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 buffet but will have the additions of 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: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
LOCATION: El Torito, 3680 Inland Empire Drive, Ontario, CA 91764  909-944-9102
TIME:  Food service: 11AM-9PM.

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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  

Backpack Drive Breaks Record

Goal of 100 Exceeded!


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!!!

Family Day Hopes For Passes

Steven’s Hope has a Family Day on October 27. This special day happens every quarter for families in the We Care Program.

Families of seriously ill children get to gather to make Halloween pumpkins, decorate cookies and have a bit of fun while parents are able to shop for much needed clothing through a partnership with A Lot Of Good Thrift Store.

Aside from the clothes and activities, we would love to provide each child and family member we serve with a move ticket. Our goal is to get 50 (fifty) movie passes to distribute to the families.  With an average ticket price of $13.00, the goal is to raise $650 or more to purchase tickets.  If it is possible to get to $1300, families would be able to get vouchers for refreshments, too!

If you are interested in purchasing movie tickets, they can be mailed or delivered to Steven’s Hope for Children, 1014 W Foothill Blvd., Suite B, Upland, CA 91786 on or before October 24, 2018. To make a donation for the tickets, you can go online to 

Be sure to note that this is for Family Day!

If you have any questions, please call the Development Department at Steven’s Hope. 909-373-0678

Stuff A Backpack- Help Kids Learn

For the fifth 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 100 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

St. Patrick’s Day Event Added To Calendar.

After a several year absence, 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 11AM on Saturday, March 17. 

“This was always a fun event for us”, said Sandy Cappelli.  “We were so happy that they reached out to Steven’s Hope after all these years.”

The all day service will give diners a choice of the Mex/Irish buffet featuring corned beef and cabbage or selecting items from the full menu of Mexican favorites.  There will be raffles and contests and music lots of green stuff – including green beer.

Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are highly recommended, especially between 5PM and 8PM.  To make reservations call the restaurant at 909-944-9102. 

DATE: Saturday, March 17, 2018
LOCATION: El Torito, 3680 Inland Empire Drive, Ontario, CA 91764  909-944-9102
TIME:  Food service 11AM to 9PM.  Bar open until 11PM.


2018 Leadership Team Prepares For Exciting Year at Steven’s Hope

The 2018 Steven’s Hope for Children Board of Directors and Associate Board Members have been elected and start terms.

“This is a great organization and this year is going to be a special year for Steven’s Hope”, says Chairman of the Board, Phil Hakopian. “There is a great deal of excitement about what 2018 will bring.”

The Leadership Team of Directors include, Phil Hakopian (Cornerstone Insurance), Immediate Past Chariman Jason Sgrignoli (Ramond James Financial Services) along with co-Founders Tony Cappelli and Sandy Cappelli.  Moving from the Associate Board to the General Board are Andy Nguyen (Nguyen Law Group) and Johnny Sharnweber (Ringo Financial).

Associate Board Members are:  Brett Strauss (Southland Data Processing), Damon Santos (Banner Bank), Lulu Tyner (Retired), Rolando Gutierrez (Lion Marketing), Richard Munkvold (Frontier Homes), and Mike Nelson (Safelite Auto Glass) and Lee Kimmel (Kimmel & Associates).

Officers of Steven’s Hope are: Tony Cappelli (President), Sandy Cappelli (Vice-President), Johnny Sharnweber (Treasurer), Andy Nguyen (Secretary), Phil Hakopian (Chairman of the Board).

Tony Cappelli stated, “There is a lot going on this year and the people in Leadership are stepping up for the next chapter of Steven’s Hope.  We are hopeful that there may be a few more passionate Steven’s Hope supporters out there that would want to join this great team.”

For information about joining the Leadership Team or one of the many Steven’s Hope for Children committees, call Steven’s Hope at 909-373-0678 and ask to speak to Tony or Phil.  You can also send an email to: with any questions you may have about getting more involved in 2018.