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 - Staff

Kaylie Hawn - Staff

Dean Dancer - Board Chair

Dean Dancer - Board Chair

Cean Cerny - Board

Cean Cerny - Board

Cindy Eley - Board

Cindy Eley - Board

Tripp Higgins - Board

Tripp Higgins - Board

Bob Rosinsky - Advisory

Bob Rosinsky - Advisory

Gary Crawford - Advisory

Gary Crawford - Advisory

Susanne Rodriguez - Advisory

Susanne Rodriguez - Advisory

Holly Fahey – Community Liaison

Holly Fahey – Community Liaison

Anne Miller - County Liaison

Anne Miller - County Liaison

Anne Weidler - Medical Liaison

Anne Weidler - Medical Liaison

TJ Magnuson - Photography Liaison

TJ Magnuson - Photography Liaison

Dave Bear - Safety Liaison

Dave Bear - Safety Liaison

  • Pam Hawn - Executive Director
  • Kaylie Hawn - Staff
  • Dean Dancer - Board Chair
  • Cean Cerny - Board
  • Cindy Eley - Board
  • Tripp Higgins - Board
  • Bob Rosinsky - Advisory
  • Gary Crawford - Advisory
  • Susanne Rodriguez - Advisory
  • Holly Fahey – Community Liaison
  • Anne Miller - County Liaison
  • Anne Weidler - Medical Liaison
  • TJ Magnuson - Photography Liaison
  • Dave Bear - Safety Liaison
  • 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 - Staff

    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

  • Dean Dancer - Board Chair

    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 - Board

    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

  • Cindy Eley - Board

    Originally from Atlanta GA and a graduate of the University of Georgia, Cindy spent almost 20 years in Southern California before relocating to Sarasota FL. Cindy has long demonstrated an interest and commitment to underserved and at risk youth, actively volunteering and writing grants for several nonprofit organizations including Hope4Communities. Cindy has enjoyed a successful career in the corporate world, having held executive leadership positions with industry leaders Fedex, and Citibank. She also owned and operated her own highly successful catering and concierge shopping service for the film and television industry in Los Angeles for 10 years.

    Cindy enjoys yoga, tennis, travel, reading and is the proud mother to her artist daughter, Ashley Michele.

    cindymeley@gmail.com

  • Tripp Higgins - Board

    Born and raised in Atlanta, Tripp moved to Florida in 2004, and has worked in the medical device industry since. Before settling in Sarasota and starting a device monitoring software company, he sold surgical robots throughout South Florida. As the CEO of Vitals Telehealth, Tripp spends his time managing a group of clinical specialists and software developers for around the clock development, testing and maintenance of the company's implantable device monitoring platform.

    A graduate of the University of Memphis, and four year starter on the football team, he enjoys sports like golf and skiing. However, most time is spent with his young daughter and wife at home on Longboat Key.

    tripph@gmail.com

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Susanne Rodriguez - Advisory

    Susanne Rodriguez is a facilitator for Ken Blanchard’s “Lead Like Jesus” leadership program (www.leadlikejesus.com). She is also a volunteer, certified mentor, life coach and advocate for homeless teens and teen mothers. She has lovingly adopted the nickname “Momma Sue”. Serving as a coach and mentor for autistic children and their families for the past 10 years has enabled her to practice her mentoring skills.

    Susanne is the proud mother of two young men. Her eldest, twenty-two year old Alex Rodriguez is an online motivational speaker for youth (Alexthespeaker.com). Alex attributes his success to his mother’s management and support. Susanne currently lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband Henry, their two sons and numerous four legged furry friends.

  • Holly Fahey – Community Liaison

    Holly is a Registered Nurse at Sarasota Memorial Health Care Systems. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from State College of Florida in 2015. Currently, she specializes in Heart Failure serving Sarasota and Manatee County residents through home visits post discharge from hospital stays. In this position, she works to provide education and community resources to patients and their families to aid in a smooth transition from hospital to home. Holly began volunteering with Hope 4 Communities as a CNA in 2012 during her first year of nursing school and as her career in nursing has grown and evolved, so has her involvement with Hope 4 Communities. Holly transitioned into the position of Community Liaison in 2016.

    Holly was born here, in Sarasota County, at the hospital where she is now employed and in the community she now proudly serves. Holly is married to husband David, a Merchant Marine, and mother to numerous four legged friends. Additionally, Holly works through numerous outlets that reach worldwide in her role as an advocate for special needs animals.

    community@hope4c.us

  • Anne Miller - County Liaison

    Anne has been a resident of Sarasota since 1969, graduating from Riverview High School, Manatee Community College and the University of South Florida. Anne has two daughters, ages 19 and 22, and attends Gulf Gate Church. She has been employed with Sarasota County since 1991 and has been with Emergency Management for eighteen years.

    county@hope4c.us

  • Anne Weidler - Medical Liaison

    Anne is mother to two wonderful children. She and her children have been in Sarasota for 17 years. Anne has served in numerous capacities at church for many years, including children’s ministries. She is also a member of the care team at Remnant church as well as Children’s director.

    She has her degree as a Physician Assistant from Medical University of South Carolina, Bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and her A.S. degree from Trident Community College. She also taught as a High School Science Teacher at Sarasota Christian School for four years.

    She has a heart for the homeless and has served the homeless of Sarasota in different areas of ministry for many years. She is Medical Liaison for Hope4Communities, which serves homeless and indigent families with children in our area. Her life verses are, Philippians 4: 4-7.

    medical@hope4c.us

  • TJ Magnuson - Photography Liaison

    photo@hope4c.us

  • Dave Bear - Safety Liaison

    Dave Bear has been in the aviation business for 34 years as a airline pilot, flight instructor and Aviation Safety Inspector. Since 2006, Dave has worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Aviation Safety Inspector. In this position, Dave conducted accident investigations and regulatory oversight of aviation entities such as charter companies, flight schools and agricultural operations. In February 2016, Dave transferred to a regulatory and policy division as a Subject Matter Expert at FAA Headquarters in Washington DC, working from his home in Bradenton, Florida. In his current position, Dave authors internal FAA policy and rule-making to FAA regulations in the United States Code of Federal Regulations.

    Dave also serves at Bayside Community Church in a leadership capacity in the Care and Stewardship ministries.

    Dave is 59 years old, married with three adult married children and three grandchildren.

    safety@hope4c.us

  • Pam Hawn - Executive Director
  • Kaylie Hawn - Staff
  • Dean Dancer - Board Chair
  • Cean Cerny - Board
  • Cindy Eley - Board
  • Tripp Higgins - Board
  • Bob Rosinsky - Advisory
  • Gary Crawford - Advisory
  • Susanne Rodriguez - Advisory
  • Holly Fahey – Community Liaison
  • Anne Miller - County Liaison
  • Anne Weidler - Medical Liaison
  • TJ Magnuson - Photography Liaison
  • Dave Bear - Safety Liaison

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