Who: Dee Dee and Glen Chapman
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
Contributions: Longtime Donors
1) Project Hope Alliance: When and how did you first hear about Project Hope Alliance?
Dee Dee Chapman: About three years ago, a friend who I knew through St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church told me about Project Hope Alliance.
2) Why did you choose to get involved and take action?
I have a background working with children starting in high school through my college education, raising three boys, owning a daycare business, and in Orange County's juvenile court system. I had visited the Project Hope Alliance office to help support their food pantry and provide new children's books for their library a few times.
After Glen and I attended an evening event and found out more from a speech given by Project Hope Alliance CEO Jennifer Friend, I was very excited. Because our hearts are for children, I suggested to Glen that Project Hope Alliance was a place we needed to be more involved with. In particular, it was the ongoing support and services offered by Project Hope Alliance to our families that made the difference to me—and Jennifer's own story. Knowing that this type of program offered more than just a short-term fix, that the cycle of intergenerational homelessness can be broken and fixed, resonated strongly with me.
3) In what ways do you help fuel our mission?
We attend events, participate in Second Saturdays, and drop by with food, hygiene supplies, and new toys. We have also made one-time donations. For the last year or so and into the future, we provide monthly financial support as Spark Hope donors. We feel so fortunate in our lives. We feel that to help is a privilege.
4) Who are you when you're not changing the lives of the kids and families we serve?
I retired seven years ago. Glen is an operating engineer specializing in pipeline construction. We are also involved with High Hopes, a wonderful organization supporting rehabilitation efforts for the brain-injured. We enjoy family activities, spending time with our friends, deep sea fishing, and traveling. We've been loving our toy rat terrier puppy and are anxiously awaiting the birth of another dog from our breeder. Our toy, Piper Chapman, will have a little sister.
5) What gives you hope, and why?
We get our hope from our faith in God and from the goodness of so many others who do and accomplish so much more than we do.
Thank you, Glen and Dee Dee, for giving the gift of hope.