Devoted to enhancing the lives of children in need

Committee For Hope

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Tina Fiorentini

Kathy Edwards

It started simply: One business woman had a desire to help an organization that housed homeless women and children. She teamed up with the program director and involved a close friend and was later joined by another.

The committee's past efforts raised more than $35,000 for a homeless housing program over a 2-year period.  Over the committee's years together, they have raised over $100,000. Today, the committee consists of 4 women and is working closely with the charitable organization, Every Child, which is a ministry of The Chapel.

Every Child is a faith-based organization that provides assistance to those who want to become foster parents along with supportive services. The ministry was launched on Father's Day 2012 and has since helped numerous families certify to become foster parents. In addition, the ministry assists foster care families with the expenses of transportation, clothing, food and other supplies.

The ministry also reaches out to other congregations interested in the faith-based approach to foster care, offering any assistance or information about the Every Child program.

Helping a ministry such as Every Child hits close to home for one of the Committee for Hope members. Raised in foster care after her biological parents abandoned her, she relayed her heart-breaking stories to the other committee members which motivated the group.

Through the committee's fundraising efforts, they have had the opportunity to assist various organizations, including children services of Niagara County and the Child Advocacy Center.  By working in conjunction with Every Child, the committee has been able to work as a bridge between Every Child and Children's Services to assist with various needs.   Funds raised by the Committee for Hope has allowed Niagara County to complete 2 observation rooms for foster children's visits with their biological families.  Annual Christmas parties have been provided by the committee for all foster families in the Niagara County area.   Together with Niagara County Department of Social Services, the committee has helped to provide yearly summer picnics for the foster families. The committee has been happy to provide all foster children at the picnic with backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming school year.  

CAFFA is another organization that has benefited from the fundraising efforts of the committee.  The Coalition of Adoption & Foster Family Agencies is an organization that supports and enhances quality foster care and adoption services to families and children.  A unique addition to the Committee for Hope’s fundraising efforts was their creation of the Sponsor a Child campaign.  This campaign was solely created for CAFFA with the intention to give a child the dance lessons they want- a summer camp experience they dream of- the ability to play hockey- and Christmas presents under the tree when they do not have a family to celebrate with.  This has given hope to many foster children who otherwise do not have the means to participate in all the great enrichment programs we are fortunate enough to be able to provide for our own loved ones.  To donate directly to the Sponsor a Child campaign, please click below and choose the Sponsor a Child donation option under the Order Online tab.

The Committee for Hope has been honored to have the opportunity to brighten up the lives of as many foster child as they can.  

   To be involved please visit our Gala 2017 page.

Marie Hutchins

The foster care statistics remain staggering. In 2010, 23,381 children were in the foster care system in New York State. That is three per hour, 64 a day and 448 children each week.

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Lisa Spacone