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

Masterpiece….A Story About Biruk

April 29, 2021

Life is a canvas that is painted by the strokes of every moment. Fourteen years ago, the mural of Biruk began in rural Ethiopia. Across his canvas, there is a story of sorrows and joys, of challenges and victories. At four-years-old, Biruk’s parents passed away due to illness, leaving his two sisters and himself in […]

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Meet Board Member Lori Vander Ploeg

April 29, 2021

Hi everyone! My name is Lori Vander Ploeg, and I am the newest member of Family Hope Foundation’s board. I wanted to take just a few minutes to tell you a bit about myself.  I have been married to my husband, Ben, for 18 years. We have two amazing kiddos, Sophia, who is 13 and an […]

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Stacie Hoey: A Valued Volunteer

April 29, 2021

Stacie is a registered Occupational Therapist but has not worked in that capacity since her eldest son was born.  She is proud to say, “I have become a ‘professional’ volunteer in the community.  I have always felt passionate about volunteering and serving in our community. I pray that I have instilled this same love of […]

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Never Lose the Wonder – A Story About William Del Raso

April 29, 2021

William Del Raso is a curious little guy. Maybe that is why he decided to enter the world extremely early and surprise his mom and dad. In spontaneous fashion, Will arrived, weighing in at 1 pound 11 ounces. His twin brother Chase followed behind him, 44 minutes later. During Will’s 144-day-stay in NICU, the doctors […]

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An Answered Prayer

April 29, 2021

At age five, Eliana flew from Ghana to live in Michigan with her new family. Her nickname, which she prefers, is Kosie. It is similar to her Ghanaian name, Akos. The meaning of the name Eliana is “God has answered.” To her parents, Eliana Akos Wetters is indeed an answered prayer. She has filled their […]

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A Pint-Sized Bit of Rhythm

April 29, 2021

Good things often come in small packages. That was definitely true of Ruby Austin. Born on January 23, 2018 weighing just 5 pounds 6 ounces, she was a happy baby, loving life and enjoying the world around her. Ruby formed an instant attraction to music, but this is no surprise as Mom and Dad are […]

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Endurance With a Smile

April 29, 2021

At five-months-old, Nicholas was placed into the foster home of Teresa Dood and her two daughters. It was love at first sight when these three saw his sweet face and irresistible smile. As each month passed, Nicholas knit closer into the fibers of their family. He wasn’t a placement; he was a member. As Nicholas […]

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