Welcome to the Family Hope Foundation blog, where you’ll find news, impact stories, board member and volunteer updates, and more!

Meet Our Newest Board Member – Elissa Lappinga

September 7, 2021

Family Hope Foundation is excited to welcome Elissa Lappinga to the Board of Directors. When asked what Elissa loved about the organization’s mission, she has this to say, “It’s so beautifully simple: make vital services available to the families who need them. Those impacted by disability are so often forced to adjust and adapt to environments and systems that weren’t designed with them in mind, and insurance is no different. Rather than waiting for the industry to catch up and offer the services that will make a difference, we get to offer families a different, easier path – one that was designed with them in mind. I can’t think of a better way to help reshape the world, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute to this mission.” 


A Beautiful Surprise

August 12, 2021

Despite enduring the painful experience of a miscarriage, Mayra and Alex knew their family of three still felt incomplete. They longed for another child and, at the age of forty-five, Mayra and Alex received a beautiful surprise – Mayra was pregnant! Says Mayra, “We knew this could be a high-risk pregnancy and there would be a six-year age gap between our son Val and his new sibling, but we were delighted! Having coped with our previous loss, everything about this pregnancy was special.” Following a smooth delivery, Alonso Alvarez entered the world – a healthy baby boy!


A Grandmother’s Journey

August 6, 2021

I had already begun saving things I thought my daughter would need. The anticipation of a new little family member was overwhelming and joy-filled. My daughter’s pregnancy progressed unremarkably. She was a fit, healthy and happy mother-to-be. My son-in-law, Kyle, was incredibly supportive to my daughter. My son-in-law’s parents, Dave and Lynda, my husband, Jim and I, and many extended family were very eager to welcome this new baby into the world. Ruby was going to be one loved child. […]


A Treasured Connection

July 23, 2021

Evan is a five-year old boy who loves trains, with Thomas the Train being his favorite. On a recent trip to Pennsylvania, the Witter family took Evan to a Day Out with Thomas. They were unsure how he would cope with a life-sized Thomas, not to mention the crowds, but he loved it! The day was a huge success. Trips like this have not always been successful for Evan and his family though. […]


Lisa Miller: Welcome to the Team

June 22, 2021

A West Michigan Native, Lisa studied business and sales at Davenport College. She then embarked on a career focused in sales. With a heart for service, Lisa transitioned from the corporate world into the role of volunteer. Lisa currently volunteers at Kids Food Basket and serves on the board at Resilience Advocates for Ending Violence. […]

Team Member Highlight

Reflections, Gratitude and Celebration

June 7, 2021

It is with deepest gratitude and sincerest honor that I write the first provider blog post for Family Hope Foundation’s new website. I have been working alongside this group since their inception in 2009 and to write this now means to reflect on all of the Foundation’s sheer wonder that has been done. It continues […]

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Turning Challenges into Opportunities

April 29, 2021

Turning Challenges into Opportunities by Jane Eppard | 12.05.2020 When I opened the letter from Family Hope Foundation and read that he received a scholarship, I cried. From an early age, we knew that our child was going to need to be immersed in a wide variety of therapies to help him grow, learn, and work […]


Providing a Lifeline

April 29, 2021

From the beginning of our married life, we believed in giving back to the people, organizations, and community we hold so dear.  We have found that when you give of your time, talent, and resources, you truly receive so much more than you give. Children and families have always held a very special place in our […]


A Ray of Light

April 29, 2021

On April 10, 2014, the world grew a little brighter when a sweet baby girl by the name of Elin was born. Even as a baby, Elin knew how to make an entrance, voicing her opinions with a hearty set of lungs. Her parents quickly discovered that with Elin a middle ground didn’t exist. It […]