Serving homeless children and those in need through the love of a caring community!

OUR MISSION: We ensure that all children who are homeless and in need are prepared for school by initiating Days 4 Hope and coaching faith-based organizations to develop relationships with children and families.

Helping Kids in Sarasota & Manatee County

What We Do

Giving children hope & dignity

1.  raise awareness

1. raise awareness

In spring of 2009 when our economy was appearing sluggish at best, Pam and her husband, Mark recognized that there was going to be a change of lifestyle. Being self employed in their family business they were beginning to feel the effect of the changing economy. At the same time Pam shares that God laid on her heart that despite the struggles she is to remember her heartbeat for the homeless and as it was getting harder for her and Mark to provide for their three children, how were the Moms and Dads in the homeless community providing for their children??

That began a passion in Pam that lives out today. Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

We, at Hope 4 Communities, want to raise awareness of the shocking number of "homeless and needy" children in our community; and in turn raise awareness that we have a program (Days 4 Hope) that can help meet so many of the needs.

Awareness Events

2. community involvement

2. community involvement

Providing homeless and needy children with a back to school event on a local church campus. Each child receives a medical exam, dental exam/cleaning and floss treatment, eye exam, haircut, school and family portrait, new backpack filled with all the needed school supplies, a care bag of personal care items, a $50 gift card for new clothes/school uniform, a $25 Payless gift card for shoes and meals throughout the day.

Many individuals and agencies are present to share invaluable resources. Along with our general volunteers, we have Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Hygienists, Hairstylists, Barbers, and Photographers all giving of their talent and time to help kids in need in our own backyard. We also have many more community partners that come together for this special day. It is a day that gives parents peace and kids hope!

About Days 4 Hope

3. ongoing relationships

3. ongoing relationships

From there a connection is made and it is important to the Days 4 Hope leaders to continue a relationship in the lives of these children. Days 4 Hope are not a one day / one touch event; but rather the introduction to new formed relationships.

Churches are taking it past the day by inviting the families back for church service, Sunday school, youth group, providing Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gifts ...helping them move into better living arrangements, helping with car repair and job searches, …sponsoring kids in sports programs and for holiday programs. The list goes on…investing in the children; that’s what it’s all about. Making a difference in the lives of these students.

Volunteer Opportunities

who we are

The Hope 4 Communities Team

Pam Hawn - Executive Director

Pam Hawn - Executive Director

Kaylie Hawn - Office Assistant

Kaylie Hawn - Office Assistant

Gary Crawford - Advisory

Gary Crawford - Advisory

Bob Rosinsky - Advisory

Bob Rosinsky - Advisory

Dean Dancer - Advisory

Dean Dancer - Advisory

Cean Cerny - Advisory

Cean Cerny - Advisory

Karen Calyer -  County Liaison

Karen Calyer - County Liaison

Rose Pelot - Manual Editor

Rose Pelot - Manual Editor

TJ Magnuson - Photo Liaison Team

TJ Magnuson - Photo Liaison Team

Rev. Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia - Continuing Hope Liaison

Rev. Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia - Continuing Hope Liaison

Jane Wiechmann - Warehouse Liaison

Jane Wiechmann - Warehouse Liaison

Brenda Rossi - Bilingual Liaison

Brenda Rossi - Bilingual Liaison

Lorraine LaSasso - Community Liaison

Lorraine LaSasso - Community Liaison

Francisca Lezama - Hair Liaison

Francisca Lezama - Hair Liaison

Shana Wilson, Gives Back Liaison

Shana Wilson, Gives Back Liaison

Pam Kelly, ARNP - Medical Liaison

Pam Kelly, ARNP - Medical Liaison

Kathryn Ledford - Newsletter Editor

Kathryn Ledford - Newsletter Editor

  • Pam Hawn - Executive Director
  • Kaylie Hawn - Office Assistant
  • Gary Crawford - Advisory
  • Bob Rosinsky - Advisory
  • Dean Dancer - Advisory
  • Cean Cerny - Advisory
  • Karen Calyer -  County Liaison
  • Rose Pelot - Manual Editor
  • TJ Magnuson - Photo Liaison Team
  • Rev. Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia - Continuing Hope Liaison
  • Jane Wiechmann - Warehouse Liaison
  • Brenda Rossi - Bilingual Liaison
  • Lorraine LaSasso - Community Liaison
  • Francisca Lezama - Hair Liaison
  • Shana Wilson, Gives Back Liaison
  • Pam Kelly, ARNP - Medical Liaison
  • Kathryn Ledford - Newsletter Editor
  • Pam Hawn - Executive Director

    Pam Hawn is a Wife and Mom with a huge heart for her community. Throughout Pam’s life she has served with many outreaches geared specifically for the homeless…her growing up years in New York, developed Pam’s heart at an early age for the hurting and the lost. Since moving to Florida in 1981 her passion grew to help those who go without. Pam continued being involved with many organizations who shared her same passion for the homeless.

    In spring of 2009 when our economy was appearing sluggish at best, Pam and her husband, Mark recognized that there was going to be a change of lifestyle. Being self employed in their family business they were beginning to feel the effect of the changing economy. At the same time Pam shares that God laid on her heart that despite the struggles she is to remember her heartbeat for the homeless and as it was getting harder for her and Mark to provide for their three children, how were the Moms and Dads in the homeless community providing for their children??

    pam@hope4c.us

    Pam's Full Story
  • Kaylie Hawn - Office Assistant

    Kaylie Hawn, daughter of our Executive Director, Pam Hawn, grew up serving with Hope 4 Communities since the age of 9. She now serves along side her mom as an office assistant. Kaylie's heart beat for Jesus and her love for people shines thru as she serves students, many her same age, who struggle. Kaylie loves to dance and ride her horse. She is homeschooled and hopes in the future to teach dance at her own studio and continue serving through Hope 4 Communities. We are blessed to have her on our team.

    kaylie@hope4c.us
  • Gary Crawford - Advisory

    Since early 2010 Gary has been the Managing Partner for BI-IT Consulting Services, LLC and is the President of Galatians 6:2, Inc. (www.g62.info). Before that he served with the executive management team of Hide-Away Storage Services for 16 years. He has an MBA from Florida State University, Bachelors from Purdue University and is a CPA (retired status) in the State of Florida and has served on the Board of Trustees for LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He has been an Elder in his church for 20 years and married for 39 years with three daughters and two granddaughters.

    gary@g62.info

  • Bob Rosinsky - Advisory

    Bob has been with Goodwill for 43 years. He began his career at the Milwaukee Goodwill after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and doing graduate work in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bob has published articles in professional journals and presented papers at national and international conferences. He has worked at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern, Wisconsin as Associate Director, The Zanesville Ohio Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries as CEO, Goodwill Heart of Florida as CEO and Goodwill Manasota as President and COO. He owned his own consulting business from 1991-1996 working with Goodwill’s around North America along with several private sector clients. He has received several national and local awards including the Watkins Award for Mission Advancement from Goodwill International and the Humanitarian of the Year from the Lakewood Ranch Community Foundation. Bob is an avid scuba diver, hiker, runner, tennis player and fisherman. He lives with his wife Ruth in Bradenton, Florida.

  • Dean Dancer - Advisory

    Dean has worked in the financial services industry since 1990. After graduating from Eastern Michigan with a bachelor's degree in business administration, he went to work for Barnett Bank in Naples, Florida. Ten years later in 1999, he became a financial advisor at Smith Barney, where he joined his friend and colleague T.J. Goelz to form the Palm Avenue Wealth Advisory Group. He is a member of the UBS Director's Council, which is comprised of the top Financial Advisors of the firm.

    Dean has deep roots in his community where he serves as the Board Chair for Hope 4 Communities, a local non-profit providing annual Days 4 Hope to homeless and needy children to begin the first day of school on an even playing field. Dean also serves as a trustee at The Shore Church assisting with membership growth and leading connect groups. Dean is passionate about sports, playing tennis, hiking, biking, and enjoys active vacations with his wife, Kelly and their two sons, Mack and Mason.

    Dean@hope4c.us

  • Cean Cerny - Advisory

    Cean has been involved with children in various ways throughout her career. She currently is a substitute teacher, a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, serves on the Hope Kids Community board, volunteers with the Kids Live after school program through Youth for Christ and volunteers at her church. She is also an avid Apple fan and tutors adults on all Apple products. Cean teaches computer classes for the Sarasota Technology Users Group (STUG) as a volunteer and is involved in a Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) serving as a volunteer in both the local and state level.

    Cean has worked as a Children’s Director and also in schools teaching Exceptional Students. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Northeastern Illinois University and her Master’s Degree at National Louis University in Chicago. She is married to her husband, Jim and has 1 daughter, Caitlyn, currently in college in the Chicago area. In her spare time she loves to read and travel.

    cean@hope4c.us

  • Karen Calyer - County Liaison

    Karen is a Florida Registered Paralegal, and has worked for the Bradenton law firm of Grimes Goebel Grimes Hawkins Gladfelter & Galvano, P.L. since 1998. Prior to her current employment she worked in the banking industry for over 18 years.

    Karen previously volunteered with Gifts-From-God Ministries from 2004 to 2011 and served on their board of directors the later two years. During her time with that ministry she served the homeless, as well as co-leading a youth group that comprised of middle and high school children from the Sarasota Newtown neighborhood. Her passion for the homeless and youth carried over to her eventual path of volunteering with Hope 4 Communities, where she continues to serve the homeless and at risk youth of Sarasota County.

    She has been a Hope 4 Communities volunteer since 2013, having also served as a County Liason, and previously served as a Board member. She is the mother of three adult children. She resides in Sarasota, but her roots are from the hills of upstate New York. Her home church is Church of Motion in Sarasota County, Florida.

    karen@hope4c.us

  • Rose Pelot - Manual Editor

    Rose has been a resident of Sarasota since 2011 after being a snowbird from Michigan for 7 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Math from Wayne State University and a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Designation from the Wharton Business School. She spent 35 years as a retirement plan consultant to many private and publicly traded companies in Detroit, Michigan.

    Rose and her husband, Norm have 2 grown sons and 2 grandchildren. Since 2012, she has served as the event coordinator for Day 4 Hope at Sarasota Baptist Church. In addition, Rose is the creator and editor of the Day 4 Hope manual and she coaches new churches who sponsor Day 4 Hope.

    manual@hope4c.us

  • TJ Magnuson - Photo Liaison Team

    photo@hope4c.us

  • Rev. Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia - Continuing Hope Liaison

    Rev. Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia was born in Tampa, Florida, one of a long line of native Floridians and teachers. She met her beloved Ed on a trip to NYC and they were married ten months later. They are blessed with two daughters. Lisa enjoys photography, traveling, HGTV, and is a self-professed musical theatre geek.

    In 2000, Lisa received a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and was later ordained a United Methodist minister in 2003. She's served in Largo, St. Petersburg, and DeBary, Florida and is blessed and honored to now serve the great people of Sarasota alongside the great people of Trinity United Methodist Church.

    You are welcome and encouraged to explore her devotional writing on her blog, www.revlisad.com and to contact her for training and encouragement on your continuing hope efforts.

    revlisad@hotmail.com

  • Jane Wiechmann - Warehouse Liaison

    Jane has been a resident of Sarasota since 1988. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Buena Vista College in Iowa, Jane and her husband, Arlyn, moved to Cape Coral, Florida in 1979, and then to Sarasota when Arlyn was transferred in 1988. Jane retired after teaching for 36 years however currently she is teaching intervention math and reading part time. Jane and her husband have three sons, two daughter in laws, and three grandchildren. She has served in numerous capacities at church for many years and is currently attending Sarasota Baptist Church.

    warehouse@hope4c.us

  • Brenda Rossi - Bilingual Liaison

    Brenda is a graduate of the University of South Florida with her degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She currently works for Project HEART (Homeless Education Program) as a case manager for the Manatee School District. She is passionate about helping those in need. Brenda also serves as a board member of Hungers End in Bradenton and is their fund raiser coordinator.

    Brenda is a graduate of the University of South Florida with her degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She currently works for Project HEART (Homeless Education Program) as a case manager for the Manatee School District. She is passionate about helping those in need. Brenda also serves as a board member of Hungers End in Bradenton and is their fund raiser coordinator.

    She is married to her husband, Michael and has a son who attends Sarasota Military Academy Prep. She enjoys traveling and her local church.

    bilingual@hope4c.us

  • Lorraine LaSasso - Community Liaison

    My name is Lorraine LaSasso I am a mother of 4 grown children and six awesome grandchildren. I am originally from NY and moved to Florida 19 years ago.

    I love Jesus and have a heart for all His children . I want to bring the love and care of Jesus everywhere I go. I couldn’t think of a better way to serve Him than being a part of Hope 4 Communities.

    community@hope4c.us

  • Francisca Lezama - Hair Liaison

    My name is Fran short for Francisca. I am the hair liaison for hope for communities, as well as the hair leader for my home church. I have four beautiful children and an amazing husband. I am currently in finishing my bachelors degree at USF. I've been doing hair for 12 years and still love it!

    hair@hope4c.us

  • Shana Wilson, Gives Back Liaison

    Shana resides in Venice, FL with her two elementary aged children. Shana works full time as the office manager for a construction company and also has a bookkeeping business Bookkeeping by the Sea, as well as a craft business Charmed by the Sea. She loves to write and has published a children's chapter book and currently has two other books in the process of being published. Shana and her children love to camp, hike, snorkel, fish and spend as much time in the sunshine as possible. Shana is part of the leadership team at the eXchange church in Sarasota and volunteers in Kids Ministry and leads women's Bible Studies. Hope 4 Communities is near and dear to Shana's heart as she spent the first several years of her life as an impoverished, homeless child until she was adopted at the age of 8. Shana loves being able to help local children knowing the ripple effect of speaking into just one child's life can change not only their lives forever, but the lives of those around them.

    givesback@hope4c.us

  • Pam Kelly, ARNP - Medical Liaison

    Proud mom and nana of 4 amazing children and 5 beautiful grandchildren. Love spending my free time with family and friends. I love to travel. A believer for as long as I can remember. Have a passion to serve. Long time member at Church of the Palms. This is where I met Pam Hawn and learned about and fell in love with the Day of Hope. Family Nurse Practitioner at Intercoastal Medical Group. Love Sarasota and always look for ways to help our community.

    medical@hope4c.us

  • Kathryn Ledford - Newsletter Editor

    Kathryn grew up in Tampa, spent her early adult years living in several locations in the southeast before returning to the suncoast in 2017. She is an educator by profession and has worked in a variety of public and private schools. She is the wife of Pastor Keith Ledford of Faith Presbyterian Church and loves working alongside him and her brothers and sisters in Christ to serve God and make him known. She is the proud mother of four children who make life fun and exciting! She loves spending time with her family, camping in the mountains and curling up with her dogs and a good book. More than all else, she loves the Lord Jesus and desires to share that love with others.

    kathryn@hope4c.us
  • Pam Hawn - Executive Director
  • Kaylie Hawn - Office Assistant
  • Gary Crawford - Advisory
  • Bob Rosinsky - Advisory
  • Dean Dancer - Advisory
  • Cean Cerny - Advisory
  • Karen Calyer -  County Liaison
  • Rose Pelot - Manual Editor
  • TJ Magnuson - Photo Liaison Team
  • Rev. Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia - Continuing Hope Liaison
  • Jane Wiechmann - Warehouse Liaison
  • Brenda Rossi - Bilingual Liaison
  • Lorraine LaSasso - Community Liaison
  • Francisca Lezama - Hair Liaison
  • Shana Wilson, Gives Back Liaison
  • Pam Kelly, ARNP - Medical Liaison
  • Kathryn Ledford - Newsletter Editor

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