New Hope For Kids Annual Report 2021

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Where hope Blossoms

New Hope For Kids 2021 Annual Report

Looking back with gradtitude

Looking forward with optimism

One of the things that has been proven to make a difference in our quality of life is an “attitude of gratitude.” Intentionally finding things to be thankful for shows us there is light to be found, even in dark times.

Looking back on 2021, reasons to be grateful were all around us. Even though Covid-19 affected the budgets of many households and businesses, the generosity of our community continued to bless us financially. Volunteers remained loyal, helping in whatever ways they could. Progress was made on important projects. Our biggest fundraisers of the year, Art of the Vine, and our BMW drawing of chance were incredibly successful, in spite of the

pandemic’s trail of disruption. We were reminded of the importance of our mission each time a parent asked for our help with their child. Grieving families affected by Covid-19 came to us, and we were honored to provide the meaningful support they needed. Zoom allowed us to continue providing children and adults a way to connect with others for support group meetings. Creative ways were found to hold gatherings at our facility, allowing grief and wish families to safely drive through and receive fun crafts and treats during special times throughout the year.

Yes, we do miss pre-Covid days, but we know there is a lot to be thankful for every day. We’re looking forward to 2022 with an enormous amount of optimism. And that hope is built on the confidence that our community will help us remain strong for all who need us in the coming year and beyond.


Board of


Geo Morales


Orlando Health

christopher tribbey


Moye, O’brien, Pickert, Dillon

and Masterson

barbara peckett


iHeartMedia, Retired

Pat Michaels

Past Chair


Anothony Martin

Past Co-Chair

Victoria Equities

Todd Husty

Past Co-Chair


Brian gruber

Huntington National Park

Scott sutherland


Brian Nobie

Dominic Nori

Executive Director

David Joswick New Hope For Kids

J. Gordon Arkin Foley & Lardner, Retired Partner

Wendy connor

TRUE Marketing

steven Engle

Congregation of Reform Judaism

laura fernandez wooten

Orlando Sentinel, Retired

James Gallagher

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Ian Gesundheit Orange County Public Schools

FL Emergency Physicians/Team Health

Dominic Nori

Central Parc Group

Elena Pathak

KTH Architects

Pamela saffran

Licensed Medical Health Counselor

Elizabeth Schneider-peele GRB Enterprises, Inc

Sarah Sequenzia Amaryllis Cremation

john soapes WESH 2 TV

Central Parc Group

Elena Pathak

KTH Architects Director


Ruby Homayssi

United States Navy, Retired

John Mantione

Fields BMW

Andrew McEachron

Retired Developer



Waking up one morning to learn that your mommy or daddy died... Being a five-year old and losing your hair because of chemotherapy and feeling to sick to play...

Experiencing death, serious illness and despair is often overwhelming... But there is always hope, and since 1996 there has always been New Hope for Kids.

Table of Contents Our Mission DEI Statement Grief Support Program Wishes For Kids Program 2021 Events Financials/Milestones Our Facility Donor/Volunteer Info Sponsors 06 08 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 5

Our Mission is to bring Hope, Healing, and Happiness

to children and families grieving the death of a loved one and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.


New Hope for Kids is governed by a volunteer board of directors from the Central Florida community. David C. Joswick serves as the Executive Director.


Center of grieving Children

Helps children and families cope with the feelings of grief and loss after the death of a loved one.

wish for kids

Grants wishes to children up to the age 19, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

assist New Hope for Kids in fulfilling our mission to help Central Florida’s children. We could not exist without our amazing family of volunteers who donate valuable time, energy and talent in a myriad of ways that reflect personal skills and gifts.


We are funded primarily through charitable donations by individuals, corporations, foundations and community service organizations in Central Florida. No funding is received from government agencies or the United Way. New Hope for Kids is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.


Diversity Equity Inclusion

We are proud to share with you the New Hope for Kids Formal Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The mission of New Hope for Kids is to support children and families grieving the death of a loved one and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. We recognize that each person’s life experiences are influenced by their personal identity and their interactions with others. We understand the importance of maintaining

knowledge of and sensitivity to the impact of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, and more on staff, volunteers, associates, and the children and families encompassed within our organization.

We embrace the differences of each person, as these differences make us better as a whole.

We acknowledge that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are required in order for the hope we offer to be accepted and integrated into the lives of those we encounter.

New Hope for Kids pledges to build a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusiveness is more than a statement. It is embedded in all aspects of our operations, programs, policies, and procedures.

We support an inclusive environment where ALL feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas.

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Healing Hearts

Grief Support Program

provides a safe and supportive environment where children grieving the death of a loved one can share their experience with others facing the same feelings of loss. Offering a unique opportunity for children to begin and continue their grief journey, New Hope for Kids strives to provide our families with hope, healing and renewal.

Greif is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one for children, AND adults

Within each individual is the natural capacity to heal.

The duration and intensity of grief are unique for each individual.

Caring and acceptance assist in the healing process.


Little group

Children ages 3 to 6

Who have had a parent, sibiling or other significant person die; where they come to share their feelings through play.

middle group

Children ages 7 to 12

Children give and receive support as they share feelings about the death og someone important to them in their lives.

Teen group

Children ages 13-18

Teens show support for eachother as they share their experiences reguarding the death of a parent sibiling, best friend or significant person in their life.

Virtual Groups

With our world going virtual in so many ways during the pandemic, you may have wondered how this affected the experiences of children and families attending New Hope for Kids grief support groups. A handful of kids in one of our younger groups recently shared their feelings about it, and we wanted to pass along their observations to you!

- John, age 7
Being here (in virtual group) is helping me A LOT! I get to be with other kids, and I get help to go through this. And I really, really like the coloring activities. All of the coloring!

Make A Wish

Wishes for Kids grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses who have not yet reached their 19th birthday nor had a wish previously granted.

Although the Wishes for Kids Program is proud to grant wishes and go beyond the wish – offering support, resources and community for these special families. New Hope for Kids Wishes for Kids Program uses it’s resources to lighten the burden for the wish child and their families strives to improve the quality of time remaining in the child’s life.

1,600+ Wishes Granted 20 72 Wishes Granted in 2021 Families Served in 2021



It was so nice to spend time together we had so much fun!!! Thank you for everything! We loved Give Kids The World and the kids ate ice cream everyday. They rode the carousel everyday too, everyone was so sweet!

- Mason's Mom


Look at the smile on Declan’s face! He had an amazing time at the Universal Studios Theme Parks. Declan’s wish was for an annual pass so he could enjoy the thrill of theme parks all year long.

What makes our wish program Focus

so unique

Unlike other wish-granting organizations, New Hope for Kids Wish Program is not affiliated with a national organization, but is an independent, locally based charity that focuses on Central Florida children.

Follow up

Because most of our wish recipients live in the vicinity, New Hope for Kids is able to provide additional services and support beyond the wish itself.


New Hope for Kids is able to meet a wide spectrum of needs through wishes and community resources.


Events 2021

Art of vine

Tale of two cities golf tournament

giving tuesdaygarden of hope the inaurural mascot fun run annual toy drive holiday bike ride



Art of Vine BMW drawing of chance

valentine card party Fundraising





We flipped the script this year, Instead of fans cheering for Mascots at the Mascot Games, the Mascots are cheering for YOU on your 5K adventure!

The Mascot Games Virtual 5K is the chance for your team of families, friends, co-workers and neighbors to come together with a dual purpose – to support New Hope for Kids and to stay connected with the Mascots that you know and love.

Runners were able to Choose any day between July 17-24 to strap on their walking or running shoes, gather your team, and follow the route YOU create in your area to show your Mascot spirit. If you’d like, you can add a fun element and have everyone dress in your favorite Mascot Games team color: red, blue, yellow or green!


Total Revenue: $1,212,653

Total Expenses: $1,151,222

Audit Breakdown

Total Surplus: $61,431








35.6% 23.1% 19.8% 16.1% 3.1% 0.8% 1.0%

Milestones 2021

New Hope for Kids formed a DEI committee to study and improve diversity in our organization through policy initiatives. Successfully completed our second year offering virtual grief support sessions and activities via Zoom. We served 146 children and 94 adults virtually.

Wishes for Kids provided 20 wishes to Central Florida children with life-threatening illnesses and served 72 of their family members. Children’s special activities were offered through the following “drive through” events and camps: Valentines Party, Hip Hop to the Bunny Shop, Zoom Camp, Trunk or Treat and Holly Jolly Holiday Party. 512 children and 255 adults were served through these events.

We held our premier event, Art of the Vine on September 24th at Fields BMW in Winter Park and raised more than $253,000 to support our programs. We held our 2nd annual virtual Fun Run from July 17 -24th with a live component for children attending our programs.

We held the annual toy drive in December.

2578 toys were collected and were distributed to 362 children or stored in our Birthday Room for children attending our programs throughout the year.

723 generous volunteers donated their time to New Hope for Kids for a total of 5610 volunteer hours. We raised total revenues of $____ through grants, individual giving, fundraising events and service organization in 2021. These funds supported our children’s programs and contributed to our success.


Our Facility

Garden of hope

Our memorial garden and multi-use play area on the property surrounding our beautiful facility.

Fresh air, gardens, and exercise are part of the healing process.

We are excited to add these outstanding spaces where children and families in our programs can experience another important layer of healing in a beautiful, natural setting.

Some of Our Rooms

Arts and Crafts Room

Video Game Room

Game Room

Including games like Air Hockey and Foosball.

Hurricane Room

Where kids can physically let their feelings out.

Dress Up and Play Room

Sand Room

Room with sand bins and toys to play with in them.

Birthday Closet

Music and Play Room



New Hope for Kids is funded through charitable donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and community service organizations throughout Central Florida. New Hope for Kids is an approved 501(c)(3) organization.

Individuals could assist through

Cash Donations

Gifts of Stock

Real Tangible Property

In-Kind services or goods

Printing, toys, art supplies

Corporations could assist through

Direct Donations



Employee gifts

Fundraising Projects



We cannot exist without our amazing family of over 200 volunteers.

Volunteers in the United States hold up the foundation of civil society. They help their neighbors, serve their communities, and provide their expertise. No matter what kind of volunteer work they do, they are contributing in invaluable ways.

How you can help...

Volunteer at our fundraising events

Become a Grief Facilitator

Become a patron

Become a member of our Board of


Provide clerical assistance

Plan wish parties

Help with fundraising

Become one of our speakers

Help at our family events


Is Current Esitmated National Value of Each Volunteer


10% General & Administrative

Over 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to program services program services


A Huge Thank you to Our Sponsors!


David joswick, Executive Director

Gloria Capozzi, Volunteer & marketing Manager

dana Duffie, office manager

tamari miller, grief program director

rhonda schuh, events manager

marla sullivan, development director

tori thress, grief program assistant

tezman williams, wish program manager

rebecca young, finance/it manager

address 407-331-3059 Phone 407-331-3063
Us 544 Mayo Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751

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