Another year has gone by and what a year it was for the Montana Hope Project. So far In 2014, the Project has granted 24 wishes and there are 14 pending. It’s amazing how this wish granting idea has become such a success. To think, 30 years ago a hand-full of officers decided to try and make a few Montana children and families experience a happier side of medical and other life altering issues. In 1984 there were three wishes granted and now we typically grant well over 20 wishes per year. We’ve been blessed that the Montana Hope Project has moved forward with leaps and bounds. To date we’ve served over 385 children and their families.
This year we have also experienced some new faces in several different positions with the Project. Jeremiah Snider MHP 279 has taken on the responsibilities as the Hamilton area coordinator. Our wish granting position has been filled by Tracy Bailey, wife of Rocky Bailey MHP 261 from the Bitterroot Valley, and she’s been as busy as a bee setting up wishes and trips. Cate Nelson, wife of Jay Nelson MHP 120 of Helena, is our new reunions coordinator. Cate has found her niche since she loves to serve children and her work ethic proves it. Michelle Navarro, wife of Nick Navarro MHP 170 of Missoula, took over as the Missoula area coordinator and has been busy setting up fundraisers and brings a fun sense of enthusiasm to her job. All the new smiling faces bring professionalism and eagerness to help see wishes granted across the state.
Also this year, my good friend and president of the Montana Hope Project, Richard Hader, stepped down from his position. Richard retired from the Montana Highway Patrol and is off to new adventures and I wish the best for him. A replacement will hopefully be found by the first of the year. The organization is looking forward to someone that is eager to move our Project forward and continue the positive path that has been demonstrated in the past.
I want to thank all individuals, businesses, and coordinators that have supported the Montana Hope Project. We couldn’t continue to bring happiness to our Montana children without your generous support.