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HOPE Helps, Inc is a 501(c)3 designated
non-profit organization.
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Oviedo, Fla., April 2, 2015 - HOPE Helps, Inc. recently received $10,000 from Walt Disney World Resort as part of the company's 2015 Disney Grants program. HOPE Helps, Inc. will use the funding to support their Kids of HOPE Enrichment Program.


Heather Goergen, Program/Case Manager, and Serenity Tedesco, Marketing Coordinator from HOPE Helps, Inc. with Disney's prestigious Mousecar.

 "We are honored to be recognized with a continuing grant [and the Mouscar], for our Kids of HOPE program, said Joan Faulkner, CEO of HOPE.  Every dollar from the Disney grant helps in alleviating hunger for children in our community.   On behalf of the clients, staff and volunteers at HOPE, we appreciate the ongoing relationship with Walt Disney World and look forward to continuing to work together to address the community issues of poverty." 

Kids of HOPE (now in its 6th year) is a HOPE Helps resource program which provides food and healthy eating options for children who typically receive free or reduced lunch while in school; HOPE Helps, Inc. provides a healthy lunch for each day they are out of school for every break throughout the year, as well as provides their parents case management and other services to help bring them to self-sufficiency. 


During a March 30 ceremony at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, HOPE Helps, Inc. and fellow Central Florida nonprofits and organizations were recognized with Disney Grants support and special Mousecar awards. In all, 102 groups received $4.5 million in Disney Grants, which will help them positively impact more than 250,000 Central Florida children and their families.


"We're proud to support HOPE Helps, which shares Disney's dedication to investing in Central Florida's children and families," said Nancy Gidusko, director of Corporate Citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. "For more than 43 years, Disney has teamed with local organizations to help shape a bright future for our communities."

Through the support provided by this signature giving program, Disney Grants will help local organizations fulfill their missions, which range from building children's character to encouraging creativity to promoting economic development throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties. 

As a company with 74,000 Cast Members who live and work in Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort is committed to investing in its community. In 2014, Walt Disney World Resort donated more than $37.9 million in cash and in-kind support to local organizations, as well as more than 235,000 volunteer hours through the efforts of Disney VoluntEARS. 




HOPE Helps would like to thank Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation for its support of our mission to prevent and reduce homelessness in Seminole County. Recently, Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation awarded us a $10,000 Critical Needs Grant to help fund our efforts to keep clients in their homes, prevent homelessness and provide supplemental food to those in need. The grant we received is part of ongoing investments by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to address immediate critical needs, such as hunger and shelter, and support long-term solutions that promote financial wellness through community-based assistance programs.



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HOPE Helps, Inc
,, a non-profit serving individuals and families in crisis in Oviedo, is thrilled to announce its upcoming move and expansion.

Since 2007, HOPE has been operating out of a 5,000 sq. ft. facility housing a Thrift Store, Resource Center, Food Pantry and support offices.  Additionally, overstock of product, food, furniture and other materials are stored in 5 storage units off-site. 

HOPE will be moving and expanding its services by breaking out the Resource Center and Food Pantry to one location to better serve families;  the Thrift / Boutique retail operation at a separate location. 

The Thrift Store / Boutique will have a new look AND a new name!  The HOPE Chest will be located at 1802 W. Broadway, Oviedo.

The Resource Center will be located at 812 Eyrie Drive in Oviedo, less than a quarter mile from the new thrift location.  This 5,500 sq. ft. facility will provide Case Management Services, Food Pantry, access to partner agencies and support services.

Click here to view the full press release. (pdf)


jimSeminole County, Oviedo, FL - HOPE Helps, Inc., is pleased to announce Mr. Jim Gordon, Chairman of the Board in 2015.  

Jim received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and graduated from the University of Nebraska law school. He is a partner at the law firm of Beers and Gordon, P.A. located in downtown Oviedo.  Jim's practice is devoted to representing plaintiffs throughout the state of Florida. Jim and his wife, Marci, have been Oviedo residents for 17 years.

In the past, Jim has represented HOPE as a Board Member, and his law firm has been a sponsor and supporters of signature HOPE Helps fundraising events; Sham Rock-n-run 5K and Vision of HOPE Breakfast. Further, the Gordon family has been a volunteer for years serving families at HOPE's Christmas in the City and Back to School Bash Events. 

HOPE looks forward to Jim's leadership with the Board of Directors as the organization transitions to larger facilities in 2015.


  Leadership Seminole Class 26

Since the inception of Leadership Seminole, each class has chosen their own “legacy,” a
community class project to be completed throughout the year. Class 26's with have a
HOPEful Legacy by helping to provide HOPE with a number of projects aimed to continue
the work on HOPE's future Resource Center/Food Pantry and Admin Offices.


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