Due to the recent and unprecedented changes from COVID-19, Hope For Three funds have been heavily impacted and without immediate support, we may not be able to stay in operation very long. We need YOUR help to support us, so we can continue to support those in need.
Without community support, Hope For Three will not be able to provide the critical resources, services, and access to LIFE-CHANGING THERAPIES for children with autism spectrum disorder.
The reality …
· Autism is a lifelong disorder without a known cause or cure.
· It is the leading and fastest growing development disability in the United States.
· *1 in 54 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism; a child is diagnosed every 11 minutes. *CDC March 25, 2020
· Autism is more common that Aids, cancer and juvenile diabetes, combined.
· The annual cost of care for one child with autism is about $60,000.
· The lifetime cost of care for one person with autism is estimated to extend up to $2,400,000.
· The prevalence of autism increased 289.5% in the last 12 years.
The reason we serve …
When Hope Montgomery and Darla Farmer met at a local nonprofit, an ever-lasting friendship formed through volunteerism.
In 2005, Hope discovered she was expecting, unexpected identical girl triplets. Upon the arrival of the girls, March 25, 2006, ladies from the community scheduled shifts to help parents, Hope and Eric with bottle feeding, diaper changes, and big brother, Collin, age 4. Soon, volunteers returned to care for their own families and Darla remained as a committed "helper."
The girls, Londyn, Lakin and Lauren hit every milestone at the proper age. At 2.5 years of age, Hope noticed, Lakin, the first one to walk, talk, say her ABC's, count to 10, and more, the little leader of the group, was losing eye contact, speech, not playing with her siblings.
Doctors shared with Mom, “Chill out, it’s normal for triplets to be a little developmentally delayed.” Within 3-months, Lakin regressed into her own little world, lost life skills and her speech; today at age 14, she communicates with an electronic device. Within 6-9 months, her sisters began to regress also. By their fourth birthday, all three girls were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Although identical, each of the girls are on different levels of the spectrum.
Inspired by the Montgomery family, and as a result of the horrific hardships this family experienced, Darla and a few friends created Hope For Three in 2011. Mom’s name is Hope and the three girls, is where the name derived.
It is because of the courage of this one family sharing their personal journey, Hope For Three has been able to help thousands of others.
During April, Autism Awareness Month, the nation expresses their love, support and generosity for the autism community. However, this life-long disorder without a cause or cure, affecting so many children, is now overshadowed by a world of concern, worry, panic and fear. During this time of high anxiety, the lives of our neighbors, and the families and children Hope For Three serves, are potentially irreparably altered.
Although devastating, the #Coronavirus is going to come and go, but those who have children on the autism spectrum are still quarantined, parents still praying for a miracle, still struggling.
What’s at stake…
The support, including financial assistance, inclusive opportunities and resources and referrals Hope For Three provides to families is in jeopardy.
Hope For Three’s expenses exceed $50,000 per month. This includes support for dedicated and committed staff and financial support to families (funds are NEVER paid to a parent/caregiver but made directly to an approved service provider, treatment facility or vendor ONLY) and more. To date, Hope For Three has awarded over $1,000,000 in financial assistance awards.
Our staff is tirelessly teleworking and providing verified resources and information through social media, working with therapists and clinicians to provide training videos, updating our website for current updates, and so much more.
The list is extensive as we strive to fulfill our mission from afar.
A reason to give…
A generous expression of love, support and compassion in the wake of this heartbreaking, life-altering state can serve as a beacon of HOPE during these unprecedented days.
A heartfelt contribution will fund Hope For Three’s commitment to our children.
We guarantee fiduciary responsibility from donors like YOU is taken very seriously.
Now, Hope For Three Board and staff ask YOU to please lend your financial support TODAY so we can continue to serve the autism community.
Your contribution will guarantee continued operations and financial support to families for a three-month period. Please act NOW!
Together, we can provide help and create hope for uninsured or underserved children living with autism.
Hope For Three is a 501c3 nonprofit, EIN 27-3572770. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Updates provided through social media avenues.