Family Hope Foundation

Affordable family fun available for special needs children

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

Low-cost, low-stress events, activities designed for families of children with special needs Every family needs opportunities to relax and have fun together, and that’s especially true for families of children with special needs. Finding venues and activities that are suitable can be challenging and expensive. Family Hope Foundation has created a calendar of low-cost, low-stress activities and events perfect for families of children with special needs. From movies to family days at various venues, each is designed to provide families of individuals with special needs with affordable, disability-friendly, low-stress, fun activities that they can participate in as a whole family. One of the events is movies at Celebration! Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, 
Grand Rapids, the last Saturday of every month. Families often give up on seeing movies in a theater, but Family Hope Foundation has partnered with Celebration! Cinema North to offer a movie showing specifically for families of individuals with special needs. Movies are at 10 a.m. and are $5 per ticket. The next few movie dates coming up are Saturday, May 26, “Pirates! Band of Misfits”; June 30, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”; July 28, “Ice Age: Continental Drift”; August 25, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.” On Saturday, August 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Visser Family YMCA, 3540 Fairlanes SW, Grandville, will host a free Family Night including dinner, swimming, basketball, rock-climbing and more. Please RSVP at (616) 530-9199 by August 14. Events and activities for the upcoming summer and fall are being added to the calendar. The best way for families to stay informed about what’s on tap is to sign up to receive e-mails about upcoming events and community resources at or follow Family Hope Foundation on Facebook. Family Hope Foundation is composed of 16 board members from the West Michigan community who are committed to providing support to children with special needs and their families. Family Hope Foundation invests in children with special needs through family support, engaging community experts, advocacy through collaboration, and financial assistance to provide access to therapies. More information is available by visiting Family Hope Foundation’s website

Family Hope Foundation provides grants to 13 West Michigan families

October 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Family Hope Foundation has awarded grants to 13 children with special needs and their families in the West Michigan community. These grants will be used to provide the children with special needs critical therapy that ordinary insurance will not cover. The grants provide up to $1,000 of therapy to each recipient. Recipients are from eight different cities across West Michigan: Delton, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Hamilton, Holland, Hudsonville, Kentwood and Zeeland. They will receive therapy at five different locations including: the Center for Childhood Development, Conductive Learning Center, Dr. Marge Penning, Easter Seals and the Franciscan Life Process Center. Family Hope Foundation was created by a small group of parents who have children with special needs. Foundation Chair Lara Kitts said, “We have experienced first hand the difference therapy has made for our children and families. We are excited to award these grants to families that otherwise would not be able to provide therapy to their children. We would not be able to help these families if it weren’t for our generous donors and the community support we’ve received. We feel so honored to have that support and belief in our vision. Because the Board is committed to covering all operating expenses, every dollar that is donated is going straight to families in our community so that our mission can make an immediate impact.” The Davidson family of Holland is one of the recent grant recipients. Their second-grade son, John, suffers with a sensory disorder that impairs his ability to properly function at school and at home. After being unemployed for over a year and having her husband’s hours and pay cut at the same time, Mrs. Davidson said, “Family Hope Foundation gave our family hope—a chance for us to get our son the therapy he deserves. Through his therapy sessions, I am learning so many things about my child and how to help him do daily activities with less frustration for all of us.” Four-year-old grant recipient, Keagan Curtis, of Grand Rapids was able to attend therapy at the Conductive Learning Center with his grant money. Keagan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after being born three months premature. His mother, Natalie Hansen, said, “Before we were given the grant opportunity from Family Hope Foundation, I […]