About Us

Hope 4 MVC Kids Society is committed to providing support to families of children in medical need.

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What We Do

Hope 4 MVC Kids Society assists families across Mountain view county with children in medical need by providing 6 clear programs.

Program 1 can assist if a local child is hospitalized (admitted). The program can assist with car parking, meals, fuel, and sibling care. If it is a long-term admission there is the potential for additional supports such as rent/mortgage/utility assistance.

Program2 can assist a local child that needs adaptive equipment for home or school that is not covered by other sources.

Program 3 can assist a local child that requires home adaptions due to illness or disability. That is not covered by other sources.

Program 4 can assist a local child who requires therapy, such as counselling, private o/t, p/t, mental health needs, alternative therapy not covered by health insurance or other sources.

Program 5 The program can assist a local child that requires prescription supports not covered by health insurance or other sources.

In relation to programs 1-5 supporting documentation from a medical professional is required.

Program 6 The program can assist local family’s with support, advocacy, and information. Navigating a child’s illness or diagnosis can be overwhelming. Due to personal journeys of many on the board we have been where you are. We assist families with understanding and advice of where to find additional resources or support.

Our History

Hope 4 MVC Kids Society is a non-profit society formed in November of 2013. It is run by volunteers, none of which get paid for their roles. All board members must sign a confidentiality agreement. The society was founded by Lisa Nicholson and co-founded by Suzanne Young.

Lisa has four children, two of whom have chronic medical conditions requiring prolonged hospitalizations, medical intervention and support. Another daughter has non-verbal, low-functioning autism and global development delay. Lisa has also worked with children with disabilities for many years and has found a great need for family support with only limited resources available in the local area.

In 2010, it was expressed by a medical professional that her daughter, Hope, needed a therapy pool. The local community helped raise $15,000 of the $20,000 needed for the purchase. Lisa wanted to pay this support forward and to ensure that families had somewhere local to go for help. This event was the genesis of the Hope 4 MVC Kids Society.

The Hope 4 MVC Kids Society runs on determination, love and hope for local children and families that they get the support they need when they need it most!

Our Team

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Lisa Nicholson

Founder

I have four children. One of my daughters has a chronic medical condition, that requires prolonged hospitalizations and medical interventions/supports and another daughter has non verbal low functioning autism and global development delay. I previously worked with children with disabilities for many years. I found a great need for support’s for families and found limited resources in our local area. In 2010 it was recommended from a medical professional that my daughter Hope needed a therapy pool. The local community helped raise $15,000 of the $20,000 needed. I wanted to pay this support forward but also wanted to ensure families had somewhere to go locally. So ‘Hope 4 MVC Kids Society’ was created.

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Suzanne Young

Co-Founder

I have spent majority of my life volunteering, teaching and counselling families of all shapes and sizes. My main reason for cofounding hope4mvckids with Lisa was and still is, my unwavering belief in her integrity and drive.

HOBBIES: None at the moment...

BUCKET LIST: My bucket list items include visiting a volcano and seeing the Aurora Borealis in Iceland.

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April Mattson

Chair

I have always enjoyed being involved in my community, and having worked with children and as a Disability Caseworker for many years I was excited to get involved. This organization fills such a need and I love helping and making a difference.

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Jennifer Reber

Co-Chair

Wanting to play a part in something significant for our community, I was drawn to this society from its early days. Seeing the clear need for an organization like this was eye-opening. Joining the team has been an immense privilege, and witnessing the positive difference it makes for families firsthand is deeply fulfilling. I can't wait to see the exciting developments ahead.

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Katie Dunn

Applications Director

Children have always held a special place in my heart. From an early age I knew that I wanted a career working with them. So I became an educational assistant and held this career for seven years. Currently I am a stay at home mom. Once my daughter was school age I found myself looking to give back to the community and was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to be apart of this board.

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Bobbi Bartek

Treasurer

I joined Hope 4 Mountain View Kids because I wanted to give back to the community and as a single mom, my time is the most most valuable thing I can donate to such a great cause.

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Rich Nicholson

Volunteer Director

I originally started volunteering for Hope 4 MVC Kids since it was established. I applied to be on the board of directors in 2018 so that i could help to continue to support local families with children in medical need.

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Kendra McCreadie

Corporate Engagement

I believe in the power of giving back to your community and making a meaningful impact on the lives of those around you and as a mother of 3 I was happy to join Hope 4 MVC Kids and be a part of an organization that is dedicated to helping families. I have always loved what Hope 4 MVC Kids has done and I am excited to be a part of the future of this organization and believe that together with the rest of the amazing board members we can continue to make a profound difference in the lives of families in need.

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Jamie Austin

Secretary

I work with kids and support the idea of helping children and their families in a time when they need support the most.

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Jennifer Forscutt

Grants Director

Community development and supporting others through tough stuff is how I grow professionally and personally. I am a registered social worker and mother of two beautiful girls. I am excited to be a part of this amazing organization and team.

HOBBIES:Fishing. At least standing near water. Fish are not typically harmed in my trips.

BUCKET LIST: Sturgeon fishing and a trip to Ireland

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Danielle Cheesman

Marketing Director

After taking a break for one year I was excited to join the board in a new capacity. I'm excited to continue working with some incredible people who are supporting our local community!

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Joy Cavin

IT Director

I have always loved this organization. So when an IT position came up I knew it was my time to join this incredible board.

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