Family Hope Foundation believes in the value of family time! Through community partnerships, we are building a wonderful program that is creating opportunities for families to get out in the community, spend time as a family and just have fun! Thank you to all the wonderful organizations that partner with with Family Hope Foundation as we work to strengthen families!

"We love all the events you sponsor! It gives our little ones experiences that otherwise wouldn't be as possible! Thank you." -The Willey Family
"We enjoy all the events we attend. Family Night was so much fun. It is a breath of fresh air to go somewhere and not worry. Thank you!" - The Oldfield Family
"My son loved family night. There was so much to do it was almost hard to take it all in. But to be surrounded by other parents and families who understand the daily struggles and challenges was priceless. And to meet so many wonderful people in one place was great. We can't wait for the next event." - Netty Manwell


JQ99 & The Pledge Radio make an IMPACT on Family Hope Foundation!

JQ99.3 & The Pledge radio stations chose Family Hope Foundation to benefit from their Impact Months in 2016 and 2017 - a drive to educate their listeners about what it means to raise a child with special needs, to raise awareness of the comunity need and to make an impact on that need through scholarships for therapy and family fun!  To date, their listeners have raised $16,534 for Family Hope Foundation, resulting in 14 life changing therapy scholarships and 548 tickets to events for families to have fun together in an emotionally safe environment.  WOW!  THANK YOU!


Family Day at the Whitecaps!

In spring of 2016 and 2017, we were able to host an amazing FREE day for our families at the Whitecaps due to the generosity of the Impact Drives at JQ and The Pledge radio stations.  We had an outfield deck just for indivduals with special needs and their families to enjoy space, community and the game together.  Tickets included all you can eat lunch, activities, autographs on the field and running/rolling the bases after the game!  


Family Night at the Grand Rapids DRIVE - February 2015 & 2016

We had a great night at Grand Rapids DRIVE semi-professional basketball team's game!  Families enjoyed reserved seating and the FHF exclusive Party Deck with activities hosted by the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, appearances by the mascot and dancers, as well as fellowship with other FHF families!


Family Night with the Visser YMCA on June 28, 2014

Family Hope Foundation hosted a Family Night at the Visser YMCA from 6:30pm until 9:00pm on June 28.  Families enjoyed a pizza dinner, rock climbing wall, swimming, basketball and soccer.  There was also an opportunity to use the cardio equipment with the assistance of the Visser's Special Needs Fitness Staff.

Thank you to the Visser YMCA staff, Fairlife for the chocolate milk donation and all the families who had fun with us that night!  





FHF Glow-073Glow in the Park 5K Run at Millenium Park - July 26, 2014

The ultimate party fun run!  Over 700 runners participated in our 2013 event, so we did it again!  Trivium Racing donates a generous 25% of the event’s proceeds to Family Hope Foundation’s mission.  

Runners got a goody bag of glow accessories and paint to adorn themselves to the height of glowy fashion.  THen they brave the seas of foam (industrial machines spewing foam to the beat of some hot music), the rain storm of UV glow water (volunteers will spray a rainbow of glow water as you run past), and the dust cloud of neon powder (volunteers will toss handfuls of neon goodness to make sure you are covered in color and glowing like a champ)!  All followed by a dance party into the night!

Family Hope Foundation hosted a family picnic before the run for a chance to meet and connect with other families.  




In September 2012, Family Hope Foundation and the DeltaPlex Arena hosted the inaugural Special Families Fun Fest. Nearly 100 volunteers and 45 corporations and special needs organizations came together to create a truly unique and memorable experience for the special needs community. The event combined family fun with an abundance of resources for parents. Almost 1,000 people came out to enjoy the day!

Through the generosity of the DeltaPlex Arena, we have been able to offer this unique and fun-filled day for families each year!



“When we started to develop the Fun Fest with Family Hope Foundation, our staff thought this would be a nice event and a good way to give back to our community. What we experienced when we participated in the event was much more. Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter and receiving the letters from the kids and families who participated became our gifts. We never imagined that we would receive more that we gave, but we did.” Joel Langlois DeltaPlex Arena, President/Owner


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“Thanks for doing this for our kids and their families. It’s nice to be able to come together and celebrate as a community.”

“My daughter with Down Syndrome, age 25, had a ball. There were so many things for her to do, which isn’t always easy to find at her age. She saw many of her friends from school and camp. On the way home she said, “I’m lots of happy”.”

“This was the highlight of our fall – really, I can’t tell you how much it meant to my girls.”


“We learned so much about the resources in our area. We just moved to the lakeshore and now have so much information.” 


2015 Event Attractions

Carnival games for all ability levels
Resource Fair 
Petting Zoo
Sensory Room
Adapted Bike Course
Fire Truck (10:00am-noon ONLY!)
Arts & Crafts with Hearts 4 the Arts
Face Painting
Caricature & Portrait Art
Door Prizes

2015 Stage Show Schedule for the Day

11:00-11:25am     Mat the Mime & Juggler
11:30-11:50am     Franciscan Life Process Center, Music Therapy
12:00-12:25pm     Cooperfly Creative Arts Puppet Troupe
12:30-12:55pm     Mat the Mime & Juggler
1:00-1:55pm        ACTion Drummers - Artists Creating Together Interactive Drumming Troupe
2:00-2:25pm        Cooperfly Creative Arts Puppet Troupe
2:55-3:15pm        Franciscan Life Process Center, Music Therapy

2015 Sponsors

Herman Miller Cares
Gill Staffing
Crazy Horse Restaurant & Saloon
Koele Investment Group
Meijer - Jenison Store
Holland Litho Printing

2015 Supporters

Old National Bank
Autism Support of Kent
South Shore Speech
Developmental Enhancement
Family Tree Therapies
Geib Movement & Wellness

Camp Day with Camp Manitou-Lin

Manitou-4-300x200.jpg"We had a blast with everything at the camp..the animals, rock climbing, hay ride and archery. It was a great family event. Thank you for all you do and GOD BLESS!!!" - The Reeves Family
"We attended the family day at Camp Manitou-Lin. My son, Finn, has special needs and finding activities and places to go that are comfortable and accepting of him can be a challenge. Family Hope Foundation has been a blessing. Finn's big brother came to the camp day and really enjoyed himself, too! -The Walters Family



Face Painting at Easter Seals Walk with Me

Family Hope Foundation has had a great time painting faces of participants and talking with friends, old and new at Walk with Me each year!


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 We were absolutely elated to receive your scholarship to help pay for programming for our son, Samuel, who is on the autism spectrum. We have been working with Horizons Developmental Resource Center for a couple of years and have seen wonderful social changes for Samuel. The cost is high, which makes each year of paying for programming a matter of prayer and sacrifice to our family with our spending. It is a relief to have this scholarship to help us pay for Samuel's programming. We are so impressed with the progress Samuel has made with his social skills. Samuel will now communicate his needs and concerns with words instead of crying and having a temper tantrum. We see Samuel work toward completing activities independently instead of needing constant prompts from us. Another wonderful change is that Samuel desires to interact with peers, instead of hiding from them. Again, thank you for helping us to continue to offer the best programming for Samuel!

-The Sorenson Family