Frequently Asked Questions about Family Sponsorship
HOW DOES FAMILY SPONSORSHIP WORK?
Sponsoring a family with a special needs child is simple.
After you sign up, you will receive a welcome packet introducing you to your sponsored family. Your sponsored family will be notified and begin receiving services right away. Each month, the family will write a simple life update to let you know how they are doing and how your support is making a difference.
HOW MUCH DOES SPONSORSHIP COST?
Family sponsors are invited to choose from two sponsorship levels. Both levels offer valuable support to vulnerable families.
Each sponsored family can have a maximum of 1 gold sponsor or 2 silver sponsors. This enables all of the families to access full support services.
CAN I COMMUNICATE WITH MY SPONSORED FAMILY?
Of course! Exchanging letters with your sponsored family helps them feel even more loved and supported. Instructions about how to communicate back and forth with your sponsored family will be included in your welcome packet. All correspondence is done electronically.
We’ll also notify you before the sponsored child’s birthday and any upcoming holidays, in case you would like to send a special message or send a special gift.
You are not required to write to your sponsored family. You will get monthly updates from them no matter what. However, we hope you will take this opportunity to encourage them!
DOES MY MONTHLY GIFT GO DIRECTLY TO MY SPONSORED FAMILY?
Yes! Your monthly gift is assigned to cover support services specifically for your sponsored family. When a vulnerable family applies for sponsorship, our staff work with them to write a service plan that is uniquely designed to help their child and family. Hope Station uses the funds you send in each month to carry out that plan for your sponsored family.
HOW LONG IS MY SPONSORSHIP COMMITMENT?
Family sponsorship is a voluntary, ongoing contribution. You decide how long you’re able to help.
DO OTHERS SPONSOR THE SAME FAMILY?
Each sponsored family can have a maximum of 1 gold sponsor or 2 silver sponsors. This enables each family to access full support services. If you are one of two silver sponsors for your sponsored family, you will still get monthly updates from the family as usual, and you can send replies as often as you like.