888-533-4443 Info@FamiliesforHoPE.org 1219 N. Wittfield Street, Indianapolis, IN 46229


Today, Facebook experienced a service outage which affected the online support groups sponsored by Families for HoPE.  Please remember that you may contact Families for HoPE at anytime via email at info@FamiliesforHoPE.org or via phone at 888.533.4443.

HoPE is only a phone call or email away, and we are here to help!  Also, don’t forget to check out our Helpful Resources page, too!

Seeking an Executive Director

We are looking for an Executive Director for Families for HoPE!

Executive Director Job Description
Summary: Families for HoPE (FFH) is a nonprofit organization seeking to address the needs of families and children diagnosed with holoprosencephaly and related brain malformations. The primary programs of FFH include bi-annual conferences, social media support groups, accurate medical information distribution, and one-on-one support for caregivers. FFH is seeking a passionate, organized individual to help spread hope to families affected by a holoprosencephaly diagnosis. The Executive Director job is currently part-time and does not include benefits.
Job purpose: To engage the community in the mission of Families for HoPE through outreach, education, and support. The Executive Director is responsible for honoring the history of the organization while finding ways to expand its reach. A successful director will balance administrative duties such as fund raising and marketing with programmatic duties such as family engagement and medical outreach.
Job responsibilities (not in order of importance):
• Coordinate volunteers
• Recruit, supervise, and appreciate the organization’s volunteers. Find meaningful volunteer work that honors both the mission of the organization and the talents of the individual. This includes working with the Board of Directors, the Parent Advocacy Group, and other advisory bodies to ensure the future sustainability of FFH. The ED will also help cultivate potential members for the Board of Directors.
• Organize fundraising materials and efforts
• Together with the Board of Directors, develop and implement an annual fundraising plan including grant submission schedules, appeal letter targets, and donor cultivation efforts.
• Ensure all board members are well supplied with materials and educated on current fundraising efforts and vehicles for charitable giving.
• Receive new families
• Work with the Parent Advocacy Group to ensure new families receive appropriate welcome packets and are connected to social media groups, and other needed resources.
• Manage database
• Use Bloomerang to receive new families, maintain current contact information, communicate with the public, and engage supporters.
The Executive Director must also:
• Submit reports on time and in a format acceptable to the Board of Directors.
• Work with the Treasurer to ensure proper handling and reports of all funds.
• Keep organization documents and records safe and easily accessible by the appropriate parties.
Minimum Qualifications include:
• Bachelor Degree or 4 years or more work experience in not-for-profit management.
• Project management experience
• Fundraising experience
To apply, please submit the following information to Roxanne@FamiliesForHope.org:
• Cover letter
• Resume
• Three (3) references
Applications will be accepted until 5pm EDT on July 15, 2021.
Wear your HoPE. Share your HoPE logowear sale

Order by February 5

Back by popular demand is Families for HoPE logowear.  Choose among t-shirts (short-sleeve, long-sleeve and ladies cut) and hoodies in charcoal or navy.

The front of the apparel is printed with the colorful Families for HoPE logo.  Printed on the back is the first name of every child we know with HPE.  At the top of the block of names is the phrase, “I have HoPE because of you!” and at the bottom is, “Holoprosencephaly Awareness”.

This campaign is a fundraiser for Families for HoPE conducted by CustomInk, and open for a limited time, so be sure to order your logowear today!

We can make your life easier!

Families for HoPE is excited to announce that we have teamed up with CircleOf, Inc. to offer a caregiving app for HPE families!

We continually seek solutions to enhance the lives of our HPE families, and we are thrilled to offer the CircleOf app to our HPE community and those in your circle of support and care.

CircleOf gives family caregivers the power to organize, collaborate, and get extra help while rallying friends, family, and others in your community to help during a challenging time

Here are just a few ways that CircleOf can make your life as a caregiver easier:

News to share?
Need to share an update or news, but don’t wish to share it on social media or in a group text? Using the CircleOf app, you have the ability to manage all of your communications from one place.

What do you do when your child is in the hospital and you need help organizing rides, childcare, or household chores? You can create each task in the CircleOf app, and allow your circle to volunteer for the task. 

Meal Train?
Have a friend who wants to organize meals for your family? You can designate that friend in the CircleOf app as a member of your Inner Circle (which allows administrative access), and that friend will be able to schedule the dates and times for meal delivery. Others in your circle can then volunteer with what works for their schedules.

Explaining HPE?
Are you trying to educate your family and friends about HPE at the same time you’re trying to learn about it yourself?  After you download the CircleOf app, use access code 8443 when you create your team. This will give your CircleOf team access to the Benefits Center where they can view resources about HPE. As a bonus, they will also have access to the Families for HoPE team where they can stay informed of activities and events affecting the HPE community.

Click here to see more benefits of CircleOf and HPE



Download and enter access code 8443 to connect your team to the Benefits Center for HPE resources.

Florida Teen with HPE Receives Award

Families for HoPE is so proud to celebrate the achievements of 16 year-old Joshua Howard from St. Petersburg, Florida.

Joshua was selected by St. Petersburg College to receive the Dr. Vilma Fernandez-Zalupski Latino Academic Excellence Award for 2019-2020.  This prestigious award recognizes students in grades 10 through 12 with a grade point average of 3.0 or above.  Joshua received this award in appreciation of his outstanding work and to encourage his continued academic growth and success.

In 1979, Dr. Vilma Fernandez-Zalupski was the first woman in Florida to be appointed a community college provost.  She directed SPC’s Clearwater Campus for nearly 16 years before retiring in January 1995.

Describing her son as very lovable and friendly, Joshua’s mother, Leslie Camacho, shared that Joshua is quite independent, and even though he uses a wheelchair, “that doesn’t stop him from anything. He’s amazing!”

When Joshua isn’t focused on his school work, he loves listening to reggaetón music and playing football and basketball on the Xbox.  Residing in Florida, Joshua and his family are in close proximity to several Florida theme parks where Joshua fearlessly rides any and all rollercoasters.

Joshua will be recognized for his award in a virtual ceremony hosted by St. Petersburg College to be held on Monday, October 19.  Way to go, Joshua!

In Memoriam – Heather Dawn Rinard

It is with broken hearts that we share the news that our beloved board member, Heather Dawn Rinard, has succumbed to her brave battle with cancer.  Heather leaves behind her loving husband Matt, son Gavin, and daughters Sami, Izzy and Charliedawn.

Heather joined our HPE family with the birth of her daughter, Charliedawn in 2012, and she joined our board of directors in 2015.  As an all-volunteer organization, Heather wore two hats for our organization—one as a director with governance and fiduciary responsibilities and the other with daily management of our social media accounts, website and robust online support network.

Heather became the first point of contact for hundreds of our HPE families, and as a result, Heather formed friendships with HPE families from around the globe. She helped find resources and shared tools which enabled families to become confident advocates for their children.

With her creativity and zeal for life, she played a primary role in supporting and promoting our annual HPE Awareness Week, Brackets For Good Fundraising Tournament, annual Halloween Costume Contest, and engaging HPE families in fun ways.

During her time on the Families for HoPE board, Heather generously gave of her time, talent and treasure. She and Charliedawn helped raise thousands of dollars for our organization, and in 2019, she organized a successful “Walk ‘n’ Roll” event in Arizona to support Families for HoPE.  In 2017, she planned and hosted a retreat in Phoenix for 19 HPE moms from across the U.S.

Heather’s absence in our organization and our HPE community is painful for us all, but we know that she is free from the pain that besieged her body over the past year. Her impact on us all will be felt for generations to come.

We love you always, Heather.


(Please feel free to comment below to express your grief, write a tribute, or share memories of Heather and the impact she has made on your life.)

Important Update from Families for HoPE

To our dear HPE families,

Over the past several months, the board of directors of Families for HoPE has been closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic with the health, safety and well-being of our HPE families in mind. Of particular concern is the instability of the pandemic, the most-recent evidence that children may be vulnerable to a multi-system inflammatory syndrome triggered by COVID-19 infections, and the economic impact on our HPE families.

After careful consideration, we have arrived at the difficult decision to cancel the Family Conference on Holoprosencephaly which had been rescheduled for June 2021 (postponed from June 2020). We are heartbroken to make this decision as in-person conferences hold so much value for the HPE families who are able to attend, but we believe this is the best choice at this time. Families currently registered for the canceled conference will be contacted in the coming days to arrange a refund of registration fees.

Please know that there is still much reason to have hope, as we intend to resume our conference in 2022. Until then, we are working on a plan for support and fellowship for our fellow HPE families, and we are excited to bring new offerings to our HPE community through virtual technology at no charge to you!

Utilizing the Zoom platform, we will bring you a series of live and recorded webinar presentations from several of our conference speakers. The first webinar will feature Dr. Paul Kruszka with the National Institutes of Health who will share genetic research discoveries and breakthroughs made in 2019. We will be sending emails soon for the dates and times for these webinars and how to register. The webinars will be recorded, so if you are unable to view the live presentation/discussion, they will be uploaded to the Families for HoPE website for future viewing at your convenience.

We also will be offering virtual opportunities for individuals to come together from the safety of their own homes. The Families for HoPE Parent Advisory Committee is developing a plan and schedule to incorporate group video chats for informal communication and virtual interaction among our HPE families. Stay tuned for email updates in your inbox during the coming days!

Families for HoPE is committed to developing new ways to continue its mission to support, encourage and educate HPE families during this unprecedented time. Please watch for upcoming surveys seeking your input and feedback as we expand our programs and offerings. Your help and support has been and will continue to be critical in making it through this difficult period.

We appreciate your trust in our organization and look forward to serving you now and in the future. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@FamiliesforHoPE.org.

With HoPE,

The Board of Directors of Families for HoPE, Inc.
Leslie Harley, Cheryl Lehman, Heather Rinard, Roxanne Steele, Josh Timmerman and Becky Wilson