Testimonials

“Though I have yet to meet Kevin face to face, I was blessed to have him become the caring person to help me find a place to stay while my husband Mike, a 6-time cancer survivor, was going to be at The James for his 2nd bone marrow transplant. Kevin was so kind and caring. He eased my worries with arrangements for housing while my husband was a patient. With us living just short of 2 hours from Columbus, I was in need of someplace close to stay. His kindness to others is so genuine and pure. I can’t express how fortunate I was to have come into contact with Kevin. Before I leave Columbus to go home, I will make it my goal to meet Kevin and Jane. God bless.”

– Kelly DeSanto Temple, Lima, OH

 

“Dear Jane and Kevin, I would just like to thank you for providing lodging for my family and me during my surgery in February! Opening your hearts and home and the service you provide is awesome! Very much appreciated♡”

– Love, Michelle and Rob Huebner, Wapakoneta, OH

 

‎”How can I/we begin to thank you hot all you have done for us! I tried to send u an sil but have trouble seeing clearly. I’ll figure it out! Got my goodie bag again this am from Starbucks! You guys are awesome! May God richly Bless you n your family! And organization. You are a special man after God’s own heart. Words are never enough but our heart felt thanks and love to you! It has eased our journey and helped us in ways you ll never know!”

– Alice Spangler Self, New Lexington, OH

 

‎”Thank you so very much Hope Hollow! My husband and I came to Columbus, Ohio from Wheeling WV for treatment and your kindness and generosity overwhelmed us! I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer in October of 2014 and received my last two weeks of my treatment at OSU James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. Hope Hollow helped us with lodging expenses and Kevin and Jane even offered to take us out to dinner! Unfortunately, our schedules did not allow us the opportunity to have dinner or personally meet Kevin and Jane, but numerous phone conversations quickly revealed their kindness! We were so very blessed by them and Hope Hollow and will forever be grateful! May God bless you and what you are doing through Hope Hollow!”

– Stepheny Bolton Waugaman, Wheeling, WV

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 10.58.25 AM“Although we have never had the opportunity to meet you, we find you both so generous at heart. Your caring hospitality goes beyond what words could express. Our stay at the Hyatt Place was so pleasant and breakfast was tasty. Our prayers to you as you help others in need for respite. You offer such a generous caring need to those who travel a distance. From the bottom of our hearts ~ we thank you.
– Jim and Nancy Myers

 

 

Mosher“Thank you does not seem enough to say, when someone comes into your life and helps when you are hurting. That is what Hope Hollow has done for , while Tom has been treated at the James Center. Our Prayer and Thanks are with you.
– Tom and Dreama Mosher

 

 

 

“Thank you so very much Hope Hollow! My husband and I came to Columbus, Ohio from Wheeling WV for treatment and your kindness and generosity overwhelmed us! I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer in October of 2014 and received my last two weeks of my treatment at OSU James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. Hope Hollow helped us with lodging expenses and Kevin and Jane even offered to take us out to dinner! Unfortunately, our schedules did not allow us the opportunity to have dinner or personally meet Kevin and Jane, but numerous phone conversations quickly revealed their kindness! We were so very blessed by them and Hope Hollow and will forever be grateful! May God bless you and what you are doing through Hope Hollow!”
– Stepheny Bolton Waugaman,  Wheeling WV

 

Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 1.41.15 PM“The American Cancer Society is ever grateful to Hope Hollow. The American Cancer Society provides temporary complimentary lodging to cancer patients and their families that travel to Columbus for appointments related to their diagnosis. However, there are some times that the Society, unfortunately, cannot always help everyone that requests assistance in greater Columbus. There are times when unique circumstances arise and the American Cancer Society works and relies on other great organizations and resources like Hope Hollow to provide support. Functioning collaboratively with Hope Hollow has been a blessing. Hope Hollow provides a localized approach and care for patients and families facing the most challenging and stressful times of their lives. The generous people behind Hope Hollow provide an additional touch of personal care and support for patients, family members and care-givers. They provide a sense of hope and comfort to those in need of a place to rest, as well as removing the worry of how to pay for a basic commodity: Shelter. On Behalf of the American Cancer Society and patients seeking the care they need to get better, Thank You, Hope Hollow, for your mission and dedication!  Columbus, Ohio is very fortunate to have this wonderful resource available in the community.”

Celeste Lauer, Mission Delivery Manager for Ohio – American Cancer Society

 

Screen shot 2014-06-18 at 5.06.36 PM“Hope Hollow reached out to my Mom and Dad and truly helped them when there were no other options for them. My Mom feared she would have no place, up in Columbus, to stay while Dad is in The James receiving and recovering from his Bone Marrow Transplant. Kevin and Jane were/are a true blessing to my parents, as well as our entire family. After their help my Mom could focus on Dad and his recovery and we, the family, 2 hours away could stop worrying about where Mom was going to be and worrying about her safety and now knew she would be fine. God Bless Hope Hollow, God Bless you Kevin and Jane!!!! My Mom’s Message to Hope Hollow: (Mom doesn’t have a FB account) Kevin & Jane, We are so grateful and appreciative of your generosity. You cannot know just what this means and has meant to us during this trying time. When all resources failed, God placed you in our lives .We thank you for your constant prayers, they are like precious gold to us and have made the difference in how things are progressing with Dan. Our hearts have been overwhelmed with such giving, compassion and concern. Thank you again for being an extension of God’s Love and Care, We pray God’s Blessings Upon You and your family.”
– Dan & Sue Skinner

 

“As the Community Resource Navigator, of the American Cancer Society, I would like to express my gratitude and support of what you and Hope Hollow represent. I thank you both for supporting the cancer patients coming from out of town who are receiving their cancer treatments at local hospitals in Franklin County. You are both kind and compassionate individuals and those traits come through in your interactions with the patients that I have referred to you for assistance with lodging and other requests. The complimentary lodging and food certificates to cancer patients in need that you have provided for have greatly assisted in lessening the financial burden that many of these patients and their family members have. Your help and support has had an impact on every person you have touched with kindness and services.”
– Kathleen Gough, Community Resource Navigator, American Cancer Society

 

“You guys are doing a wonderful thing. It makes people feel like there is hope and that there is someone that truly cares out there. In this day and age it’s hard to find that any more. Thank you so much again for everything you have done.”
– Ted, Christina and family

 

“We are proud people and we don’t like to ask for anything but the people at Hope Hollow respected us and helped us with support, food vouchers and never made us feel uncomfortable.”
– a patient and his family from West Virginia

 

“I can’t explain how good it felt to get lodging and moral support the entire time I had to stay in Columbus, please let the Clarks know their program helped us immensely as a family.”
– the wife of a cancer patient from Pomeroy, Ohio

 

“It goes without saying that “thank you” is just not appreciation enough to say when such a mountain is being climbed and such a valley is so deep. Yet it is those two words, thank you, that I bathe in prayers for Mr. & Mrs. Clark and the Hope Hollow organization for their great steps they have taken to help in such a critical matter and so embedded forever in my heart. For it is God, and God alone who can express to their hearts what that “thank you” really holds. It is presented in tears and presented on a platter of much humble gratitude. I will pray for those two people and Hope Hollow as long as I live — for their wisdom in what they must decide, for their “means” to be abundant, and their minds and hearts protected from such an evil world where people try to take advantage of those who have genuine hearts and what Hope Hollow carries forward. It is also refreshing for me personally to know of a place you can actually make a donation that will do what they say and it goes for what really matters in life—-LIFE!!! Please tell them I will refer them for sure at every opportune time – they have my word on that one. Isaiah 65:24 says “And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” God has done this today and in the willingness of Hope Hollow to be instrumental in His hands…so I send thank you over and over. May God guide and fill their cups until they run over as He keeps them always as we all look to Him and His plan for our lives. From our hearts to yours, Thank you,”
– Tina in Alabama

 

“Dear Kevin & Jane, Hope Hollow and EACH supporter along the way. It is of utmost importance and necessity that I write this letter to you in an effort to try and express from our hearts the sincere gratitude we wish to relay back to your heart. In recent months, my Father was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive cancer to which five months later he is now Heaven’s gain and oh, how we miss him. Consequently, when we learned that my Aunt was facing that cancer had been discovered in her husband, we knew all too well the path she was about to walk. She accompanied us during our time and now it is time for us to accompany them. However, her struggles would be much different than ours in several ways due to her own debilitating health and needs. She is legally blind and cannot drive, she has the worst kind of diabetes which causes her great trouble with walking and additional problems that come with such a diagnosis and they live hundreds of miles away from us. My Aunt & Uncle also live about 1.5 hours away from the James Cancer Center and Dodd Hall in Ohio. He has to undergo rehab due to the “partial” cancer removal surgery which subsequently caused a stroke to occur (with vision problems as well) and he now has to relearn in adapting to these harsh changes how to walk and regain some things. This, of course, is a very slow and tedious process that impacts every aspect of their lives as they knew before and will never be the same, with great impact on their finances creating a very unknown and frightening future. While in rehab, my Aunt was not allowed to stay with him. How awful. She can’t drive home and had nowhere to stay. Needless to say, she did not have the finances to stay close by. She needed a place to stay to be with him during this horrific time and rehab, in addition to needing transportation to and from the hospital. Did I mention the need for food? Yet, another need. When my Aunt spoke of going to get a cup of coffee for herself she got halfway down the hall and had to turn around and come back (without the coffee or food) due to the pain in her feet and legs – – just awful. I cannot imagine. Many things come into play with health issues but during such a horrific time everything has been drastically compounded. We wanted to help somehow by calling everyone possible in the area that might be able to direct us to that help. I then began to go through numerous pages of Google in this search and contacted organizations, other people and churches. My initial contact with Hope Hollow upon viewing their online information made me truly hopeful, however I was disappointed when I did not get to speak with someone immediately but I did leave a message. I then called Mom to update her on what I’d found…with sadness that it wasn’t really much. I hung up the phone and hit redial, thinking I’d reach another contact with a follow-up question I had in addition to my recently left message. Kevin answered the phone and I began talking with him about my follow-up question, he let me know he was a little confused. It then dawned on me!!! This was not the “other” contact — it was Hope Hollow! “Wait … is this Hope Hollow?” I asked. “Yes it is.” “Oh! That’s fantastic. I’d just left a message for you but I’m so glad I am able to speak with you!” Kevin and I talked for a while and he came to understand what great needs my Aunt & Uncle have. He immediately started calling around and found us some answers within ONE hour. My Aunt would be able to stay with her husband for the days needed. Hope Hollow worked with a local hotel, where she could continue to stay through the rehab and the immediate chemo and radiation treatments. Further, a shuttle/ride was provided for her to go back and forth from the hotel instead of having to search for or hire a taxi service. The schedule changed some and even at the last minute — they came through each time, repeatedly…yes, a room is being provided… yes … a shuttle is available. Do you know how many “sorry, no ma’am” answers I heard through my literally 61 calls I made? My aunt even commented she’d “stay in a closet” just to be there with my uncle. When the news was shared of the “Hope” that was found— we all cried. She said, “I just can’t believe it” and “that’s amazing” quite few times. Do you know — there are “some” people who really do return calls??? Kevin has been the absolute best with communication. I was never left hanging or feeling as though I was being an inconvenience. He was always there and always listened intently. Either by phone or e-mail, he was always reachable and would respond. Kevin’s wife, Jane also has been so unbelievable. She reached out to my aunt during this most traumatizing time. During their calls, my aunt just could not believe there was help … there was hope from genuine caring people who could really do something. She constantly said their kindness and genuine compassion was so helpful and how unbelievably helpful Hope Hollow has been in her life. She made a note of Hope Hollow for future reference in a time when her life would allow giving back somehow. When I began this search for help, I expected to MAYBE find a discount here or there, a one-time assist or to be directed to food banks or shelters (which I was by many). I NEVER expected multiple hotel stays and a shuttle … what a relief. I cannot give enough praise and gratitude towards Hope Hollow and those that support their TRUE cause. I have never before come across an organization that worked so diligently to take such enormous stresses off an already critically stressful situation when you’re told the one you love, the love of your life has brain cancer. To be in such a situation and be alone… when you know you’ve got to be at the very bottom of this hole…then there’s Hope Hollow to pull you up to a place to stay, a way to get around, food provision in the making and continually trying to fill in many large gaps. From a distance … we tearfully hug them with many, many thanks.”
– Rebekah in North Carolina

 

“Dear Mr. & Mrs. Clark, Just had to send a huge Thank You from not just me but from all the hard working families that have had the rug and their whole life pulled right out from under them from this horrible disease called CANCER. I was fortunate enough to find Kathleen Gough and she helped me with some lodging and she then mentioned that you folks were a great help in providing lodging for persons in need. I had to take the time to say thank you as I would have had to sleep in my car for several nights if not for your kindness. I come from a small farming community and Columbus is scary when you’re a woman by yourself. Your help is so appreciated by my husband and me and I’m sure by many others. Please continue to help people like me that have felt, in the last two months, like their life is nearly over. Thank You Again! You Are Both Great Persons “IT’S PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME TO BE THANKFUL FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU.” Thank You!”
– Kathy (wife of Henry) from Cambridge Ohio

 

“Thank you so much Kevin and Jane for all you do for cancer patients and their families and for making things possible for us. Your help is so valuable in helping fight the battle against cancer. We are grateful for all your hard work, dedication and love. May you both have many blessings. Thank you for helping my mother so much. It was so very great to meet you, Kevin and Jane. We were thrilled to meet you both in person. Thank you for dinner and for the lodging. We would love to stay in touch and would like to meet up with you again. Mom would like her picture taken with you both. Many blessings to you, you will be in my prayers. I know we just met but I know you have huge hearts and beautiful souls. I love Kevin’s humor and Jane I am so glad you fought your battle with cancer and are winning. We are looking forward to seeing you both again. It feels like we’ve been friends for a while. The two of you made my mother and I feel so comfortable and warmed our hearts. We wish for you the best of luck and blessings to you both. Thank you so much. Xxxxxx”
– Terry from Ashland, Kentucky

 

“I just wanted to thank you for the love you showed my family today. And I absolutely love the quote about strangers and friends. Today I just made two new friends. We believe God puts people in our paths for a reason. I am grateful He blessed us with you.”
– Dave Dicks, Zanesville, Ohio

 

“To Kevin and Jane, What a blessing it was to meet you two today. I appreciate the donation that I received to help my dad. You guys will never know how much I truly appreciate you. Even though you guys were total strangers, as soon as I started talking to you it felt as if I have known you for a while. Thanks again for your kind and thoughtful words, they were really encouraging and it was truly a godsend that you were sent my way in this time of need. God bless both of you.”
– Kaitlyn Sweeny

 

“Though I have yet to meet Kevin face to face, I was blessed to have him become the caring person to help me find a place to stay while my husband Mike, a 6-time cancer survivor, was going to be at The James for his 2nd bone marrow transplant. Kevin was so kind and caring. He eased my worries with arrangements for housing while my husband was a patient. With us living just short of 2 hours from Columbus, I was in need of some place close to stay. His kindness to others is so genuine and pure. I can’t express how fortunate I was to have come into contact with Kevin. Before I leave Columbus to go home, I will make it my goal to meet Kevin and Jane. God bless.”
– Kelly DeSanto Temple

 

“Can’t believe it’s been a year since his zoo visit. Cody had been having some seizures and having a hard time of it. Kevin Clark and Jane Clark from Hope Hollow took us to the zoo and this was his first great smile. Thanks for the memories guys. Miss that beautiful smile. :)”
– Loraine Coffman

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