The mission of Hope Matters non-profit gave a voice and coping tools for families facing life’s difficult journeys. Community outreach, educational resources, and awareness events, all served to support families coping with dementia, cancer, and military deployment. The gifts of compassion, love and patience shone through our Neighborhood Memory Cafes, The Stocking Project, Annual Senior Prom and Military Family Events. For more than a decade we were privileged to equip carriers of hope for generations of care. The organization is now retired.
Thanks to community partnerships we will provide the following in our final quarter of 2020: 40 hours of caregiver respite through Home Companion; 5 therapeutic equestrian sessions at Healing Hoof Steps, for a military family experiencing PTSD; Christmas stockings for oncology patients at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Sacred Heart Destin (Mack Bayou Infusion Center).
Maryann Makekau served as founder and president of Hope Matters. Her motivation to make a difference in hurting lives began in 2009, when her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Maryann's compassionate writing, book series, practical tools, and community advocacy have all helped families cope with cancer, deployment, and Alzheimer's disease. She serves to guide and shape the direction of Hope Matters' presence locally and nationally. She has formed partnerships with like-minded individuals and businesses to magnify hope through experiences in the arts. Her volunteerism has led others to do the same, with every neighborhood memory café being facilitated by other volunteers. Maryann enjoys spending time with her husband Chuck, and their grown children and grandson. She swims daily and loves to cook. Discover future endeavors and inspirational stories on Maryann's blog.
Nancy Monroe Hale
Nancy Monroe Hale is a retired teacher: 17 years teaching first grade and 23 years teaching history and as a reading specialist at Choctawhatchee High School. As the Youth Community Liaison, she led students to contribute time and talent in exchange for community service hours. Her experience and connections were an invaluable asset to the mission of Hope Matters. She also served as Secretary of Hope Matters. She brought great joy to cancer patients during the Annual Stocking Project. Nancy loves to spend time with her husband Jim, their children and grandchildren. She also loves to cook, garden and plant flowers.
Bridget Carnley served as Business Advisor and leader of community connections. Having owned the Destin Racquet and Fitness Center, Surroundings Home Decor and Deli, and The Breakfast Table, her expertise in planning, building, and leading were invaluable assets to Hope Matters. She gave her whole heart in welcoming those struggling with memory challenges into community events. Bridget is a faith-driven inspiration to those young and old. She credits her upbringing as a military child with her desire to make a difference wherever she can. She supported Hope Matters' community endeavors, including our Senior Citizen Prom and The Stocking Project for cancer patients.
Robyn Moye Stanley
Robyn Moye Stanley has been a caregiver for numerous senior citizens, including her own parents. She was a dedicated volunteer for our Neighborhood Memory Cafes in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. In helping facilitate those monthly gatherings, Robyn gave an active and loving voice to Hope Matters' mission. She served on the board and as Community Outreach Coordinator and Treasurer. In her spare time she enjoys the beach and nurturing friendships.
Tina Henderson served on the board as a community expert in military affairs. Having served 31 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, and as a military spouse, she brought a deep understanding of military family needs at home and through deployment. Tina gave her time and energy at Hope Matters' annual community events, and specifically served as Spokesperson during those events. She enjoys learning and creating new things, traveling, and time spent with family and friends.
Angela Beasley was raised with heart and mind on service. She has served or ministered in some capacity from a very early age from church, school or the military. During her years as a military spouse, she held positions of squadron Key Spouse and chairperson for the Protestant Women of the Chapel organization. "Angie" served on the board of directors and as Hope Matters chairperson for the planning committee. She also jumped in often to help with the neighborhood memory cafes, military gatherings, as well as other events. Her heart's desire shone in building others up during life's tough seasons. With a background in Interior Design, Angie's artistic touch provided a bright spot in all she touched.
Chuck Makekau served on the board in support of community events and website maintenance. Having served 28+ years active duty Air Force followed by 15+ years as a military contractor, he brought a wealth of experience to development and implementation of Hope Matters' mission. From the beginning he was a faithful source of strength and support, from neighborhood memory cafes to stocking deliveries to cancer patients, and all things in between. Chuck enjoys problem-solving, fishing, surfing, and quiet time with family and friends.