Caroline Maura Hamilton Friendship Fund

In fall of 2018, the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation awarded HOPe a grant of $50,000 to establish the Caroline Maura Hamilton Friendship Fund. The Fund allows HOPe to serve more families by providing financial assistance to those in need and by helping to fund expansion of our programs. 

Caroline, the daughter of board member Lauren Hamilton, passed away in March 2018. The Fund was established in Caroline's memory as not only a celebration of the countless relationships formed at HOPe since opening its doors in 2009, but also the friendships yet to come. Caroline was proud of her mother's involvement in helping to build a welcoming community in which socially challenged children and adults could experience all that comes with friendship -- sharing meals, going on outings, hanging out on a Friday night, or having a sleepover.

How to Access Financial Assistance

If your financial circumstances do not allow for you to afford all or part of our program fees, we encourage you to contact us about financial assistance. Our team is happy to work with all families to make attendance in our programs financially possible. For more information or to apply for financial assistance, contact Mary O'Toole, Children's Program Director.

Help Us Grow the Friendship Fund

Thank you for considering support of the Friendship Fund -- it's growth ensures that we will never turn away a family in need of HOPe's services due to financial reasons. Donations to the Caroline Maura Hamilton Friendship Fund can be mailed to the HOPe Advancement Office at 350 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02356. 

“ Our scholarship has been of the greatest gifts my family has ever received. I am a working mother of three and am married to a disabled man. Thanks to HOPe, I am able to work longer hours on Saturdays knowing my son is safe and happy. Adventure Club has been the best experience in Tommy’s life. He asks on his Ipad to go and loves to socialize with his peers. I can’t thank everyone at HOPe enough!”

Caroline Maura Hamilton
and her mom at HOPe