our mission

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Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need. Our purpose is to bring hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses.

Funding comes primarily through charitable donations by individuals, corporations, foundations and community service organizations in Central Florida. No funding is received from government agencies or the United Way. New Hope for Kids is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.


New Hope for Kids is governed by a volunteer board of directors from the Central Florida community. David C. Joswick, serves as the Executive Director. He is known in the Central Florida community as an advocate of children, focusing on the difficulties associated with grief and loss.


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UCF Cornerstone




Since fall 2003, U.C.F. students from the Cornerstone Program have made a huge impact on New Hope for Kids children and families. In addition to raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for wishes and family events, they have also given of themselves. By hosting celebrations and events for children with life threatening illnesses and those who have lost a loved one, they’ve offered encouragement and healing and given what money cannot—a sense of renewed self-esteem and hope.


As they’ve canvassed Central Florida seeing donations, they have also been our most ardent marketers. In exchange for students’ service, New Hope for Kids offers them a unique opportunity to practice their newly acquired business skills. Organization, team building, problem solving, publicizing, budgeting and projecting are some of the skills necessary to successfully complete their project.


It is not surprising that New Hope for Kids enthusiastically welcomes each new semester’s teams. Our goal is to continue to provide quality services to children, families and partnering organizations in our community.

who we are:

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The Center for Grieving Children is comprised of a small, core staff of professionals with advanced degrees in counseling and social work, as well as experience in bereavement counseling.




Extensively trained Grief Facilitators are the heart of this program. They are trained to facilitate groups, make families feel at home, and generally support the work of the program. Grief Facilitators come from all walks of life and contribute, on average, 6 hours a month to New Hope for Kids.