Communities of Hope

communities of hope

Would you like to connect with other patients and families in your own town?

AA&MDSIF is building Communities of Hope - volunteer led local support groups - to create an ongoing, local organization supporting patients and families, and raise awareness and support for AA&MDSIF programs that support them. Learn more.

Communities of Hope are built:

  • To connect patients and families with each other to provide a local resource for peer support, information exchange, and education
  • To connect patients and families with each other, and with us, as a means for carrying out AA&MDSIF’s mission
  • To engage volunteers for generating awareness among the patient and health professional community, as well as the greater community in which you live
  • To create advocates, raising support for AA&MDSIF
  • To tap into geographic location to raise support for AA&MDSIF and to help carry out AA&MDSIF’s mission

Each community will look slightly different from another community. It’s up to the members of the local community to decide how they want their group to function. Each community will determine what activities they’d like to participate in – all with the help and support of AA&MDSIF!

Many of these active Communities of Hope function as an enhanced support group.  These groups meet on a regular basis, and speakers are invited to talk on a subject of importance to the group members.  If you live in one of these areas and would like to join your local Community of Hope support group, please contact the volunteer coordinator noted below by email.

Location Volunteer Coordinator
Arizona
Phoenix Stephanie Cadell
California San Francisco Bay Area (MDS)
Lenn Fechter
Connecticut
Middletown Paige Jamieson
Georgia
Atlanta Lorenzo Williams
Idaho
Boise Diane Hakes, LCSW
Illinois
Chicago (MDS) Kim Jensen
Indiana Indianapolis Sally Debono
Massachusetts
Boston Melissa Diaz
Michigan
Detroit Jessica Chapman
Nebraska
Fremont
Julia Canas
 
Lincoln
Julia Canas

Omaha
Julia Canas
Nevada
Las Vegas
Myra Davis-Alston, RN
New Jersey Central
Linda Rothstein
New York
New York City Melissa Diaz
North Carolina
Asheville/Henderson Barbara Morgan
Oregon
Portland (MDS)
Sue Sumpter
South Carolina Charleston Kelly Danias
 
Greenville Kelly Danias

Spartanburg Sharon Bartelt
Texas
Houston
Linda Kemper
Virginia
Richmond
Karen Mullin
Washington
Seattle
Janine Kowack
Wisconsin
 Milwaukee Brandi Wright

More Communities of Hope are forming in cities across the U.S.!

We also have Communities of Hope forming in Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL; IN; MInneapolis, MN; St. Paul, MN; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Dallas, TX. If you live in one of these areas and would like to participate or learn more, please contact Community Development Manager Martha Crews by email or at (301) 279-7202 x103. Want to start one in your hometown?  We can help!