HOPEful Stories

HOPE is a beautiful thing! The four building blocks of HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) are 1) Relationships, 2) Safe, Equitable, Stable Environments, 3) Social and Civic Engagement, and 4) Emotional Growth. The Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors are 1) Parental Resilience, 2) Social Connections, 3) Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, 4) Social and Emotional Competence of Children, and 5) Concrete Support in Times of Need.

These stories are meant to inspire HOPE and increase the knowledge and understanding of the mitigating effects the Protective Factors provide using real peoples’ lived experiences and highlight the amazing organizations doing this work around the state. For more information, or to share your story, contact Kim Hemmert.


Childhood Lasts a Lifetime

Airsick Bags and Prevention



The CORE Project

Food Sharing Builds Community

A Time for Change

It Takes a Village



Jose Beat the Odds

Let’s Work Together

Growing up WITH my Kids

You Have the Ability to Change



There’s More Than One Right Way




ICTF’s former grant manager Taryn Yates, wrote a heartfelt blog about her adventures in parenting two young boys.

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Find all her blog posts below:


Guest Post by Roger Sherman: Small but Mighty

Help is Just an Ask Away

Rebuilding After The Storm


The Positive Power of Traditions

The Beauty Amongst the Stress

ACES in the time of Covid



Rupture and Repair

Kids Need Unstructured Playtime

The Anxious Parent


Play, Imagine, Create This Halloween

What makes a family strong?

Find Your Village

Paid Parental Leave