BOISE, Idaho, December 15, 2010 – The Idaho Stampede Community Foundation announces today the donation of $11,000 to Hope House, a non-profit organization based in Marsing, Idaho.
Hope House is a home for youth who are emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled and/or come from disrupted adoptions or dysfunctional families. The children, between the ages of 6 and 18, live in a dormitory-style setting, have individually prescribed plans to help develop their academic, behavioral and social needs, and attend Hope Christian Academy, a private, accredited school located onsite.
“I have personally worked with the Hope House for more than 10 years in their development and the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation has been very involved helping them financially, but we’ve also helped develop their youth sports programs and we put on camps for them,” Idaho Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett said. “What makes my time and involvement with them so precious is these kids are absolutely at the highest-risk level. With every bit of financial help or intellectual aid, and in-kind equity, you can absolutely see it helping the children.”
Said Donnalee Velvick-Lowry, Founder and CEO of Hope House: “Bill Ilett has known us for a number of years and he has always reached out and been open. We’re incredibly blessed that he and the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation see the importance of this program. This was a shock, honestly. I am not often totally speechless, but I was. This was just an over-the-top blessing. I see his faithfulness, his professionalism and his heart; he’s genuine and warm, and that’s what we look for, more than just dollar signs.”