HOPE CHEST FOR WOMEN INC

aka The Hope Chest for Women   |   Asheville, NC   |  www.hopechestforwomen.org

Mission

We provide education, emotional support, and financial assistance for women in Western North Carolina with breast or gynecologic cancer who are experiencing economic difficulties due to treatment costs.

The Hope Chest for Women was founded in 2003 as a grass-roots, community-funded organization to relieve some of the burden created by the cost of breast or gynecologic cancer treatment. Since 2003, we have awarded over $200,000.00 in assistance to an estimated 1000 women in Western North Carolina.

We support women living in all 22 counties of WNC. Most patients we serve are living in Appalachia and having to travel to Buncombe County for medical care. These women have financial difficulties due to the cost of cancer treatment. Referrals from 43 medical providers have increased the demand for our assistance. The number of women served and programs we offer each year vary based on funding.

We rely heavily on our board of directors, volunteers and part time staff to support our programs. We have a strong level of support from the local community. Community volunteers host a variety of fundraisers to benefit us throughout the year. We have over 200 volunteers who are committed to support our mission each year.

We have three primary objectives per year.
1) We provide medical and nonmedical bill pay assistance to women diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer. We serve an estimated number of 150 women a year with direct financial assistance. We budget between $30,000.00 and $35,000.00 a year for mini-grants to pay providers on behalf of cancer patients. On average we provide $250-350 in assistance per women a year. Our maximum assistance per patient is $500 a year. We refer patients to local and national support agencies for additional resources.

2) Our goal is to educate an estimated 1500 WNC residents per year on the importance of cancer screening and early detection. We advocate to underinsured women on programs that provide free or reduced cost cancer screening. We attend health fairs, workshops and events to promote cancer awareness and prevention.

3) To provide outreach and support to an estimated 500 cancer patients per year by attending and organize cancer support groups. Our cancer patient referral and program services provide local and national support to women with breast or gynecologic cancer diagnosis. We visit local chemotherapy treatment rooms to comfort and provide emotional and financial assistance to patients in treatment.

Counties in North carolina we serve;

Counties we serve:
Buncombe
Cherokee
Clay
Graham
Haywood
Henderson
Jackson
Macon
Madison
McDowell
Mitchell
Polk
Rutherford
Swain
Transylvania
Yancey
Ashe
Avery
Burke
Caldwell
Cleveland
Watauga

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mrs. Sara Laws

Main address

PO Box 5294 c/o Sara Laws

Asheville, NC 28813 USA

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EIN

33-1033038

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Cancer (G30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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WNC Breast and Gynecologic Support for Female Cancer Patients

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Goals & Strategy

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Our organization is aiming to save lives.

Low income and minority women living in rural communities have historically have been more likely to under-utilize cancer screening, to be diagnosed with late-stage disease, to fail to complete recommended treatment, and consequently to die from cancer. Many women chose not to have cancer treatment because of the financial pressure it will put on their household. If a women has to choose between paying for a chemotherapy port or drug vs paying her rent the household bills become the priority.

Ultimate goal is to enhance access of care for women with or at risk for breast and gynecologic cancer by removing barriers to treatment, screening, and recommended follow up. We link patients with resources and services to support them financially with the cost of cancer treatment. Women in treatment received counseling on how to manage their bills so they can continue their treatment plans.

Our aim is to give women diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer support during and post treatment to ensure they have access to care, lower mortality rates and better health outcomes.

Our organizational plan is to target at risk and underserved women in the community where they live and provide education on cancer prevention, treatment and screening. We work with the medical provider to support patients in crisis that they identify as being at risk for discontinuing treatment due to inability to pay or balance household and medical bills. We provide patient services to all local and regional cancer patients regardless of attending medical provider. We serve the whole WNC community which includes all 22 counties.

We also encourage low income women to establish routine medical checkups, and improve education on free and low cost annual screening for underinsured and uninsured women. We partner with established evidence based local and national programs to link community support programs with women in need. We work with community health centers and free clinics to provide financial counseling to cancer patients. We work with breast cancer screening programs offered through county specific BCCCP, breast and cervical control cancer programs and local hospitals to promote free and reduced cancer screening.

We have strong leadership. 75% our Executive Committee and Board of Directors includes founding board members. Our nonprofit organization foundation and management strives to use best practice policies.

We have around $75,000 to $90,000 in net assists at the end of each year to help fund our organizational goals. We fundraise between $120,000 and $150,000 each year through diversified revenue sources.

We have a very good reputation and working relationship with the oncology medical community in WNC. We have been providing patient assistance to women in breast or gynecologic treatment since 2001.

We continue to build partnerships with doctors in WNC and in rural Honduras where we coordinate two medical mission trips each year.

We have accomplished establishing our reputation as a local nonprofit that provides direct support to breast or gynecologic cancer patients at risk living in Western North Carolina. We have evidence based results that are proven to have increased healthy outcomes and eliminate cost barriers to care for women served.

We have not been able to accomplish organizational expansion to have a stronger presence in rural less populated counties. We need additional resources, staff and educational materials to reach out to lesser served areas. With only 1 full time staff my time is spent primarily in our largest service area of Buncombe county. Our program coordinates services monthly in the biggest most populated counties in WNC. We do try to reach the other medical providers in rural counties quarterly.

In the future I would like to be able to coordinate services and support resources in all 22 counties equally.




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HOPE CHEST FOR WOMEN INC

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
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Board chair

Mr. Al Williams

Karen Turner

Portia Sutton

Nathan Williams MD

Donna Cottrell

Tony Newsome

Daryl Crouse

Denise Goodson

Debbie Burchfield

Anne Yeager

Sara Laws

Joni Marion

Christy Sneller

Tim Bennett

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No