"I love those connections that make this big old world feel like a little village" - Gina Bellman

Camp HLC, and all of our programs, encourage connection between children, young adults, and families who have been affected by ALS. In fact, connection, or the invisible thread or string that connects us all, is our camp theme for the year.

We hope that our HLC community, or HLC village, has made a difference in your life and we hope to continue to have a positive impact on families affected by ALS through our free children's programs and resources. Thank you!
Help HLC Continue to Make a Difference

Camp HLC New Jersey

Over 70 People from NJ, NY, PA, CT, and beyond attended Camp HLC at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp from May 17-19, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended Camp HLC at Fairview Lake this month for our seventh Camp HLC in New Jersey and twentieth Camp HLC, nationally!

Our campers enjoyed rock wall climbing, archery, candle making, hiking, fishing, and more!

A special thank you to Abby Kass, Keiren Dunfee, and Charnelle Bain for helping us to create our beautiful scrapbooks!

Thank you to Anthony, Jason, Mike, Luke, Josh, and Tommy of the New Jersey Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta for bringing leadership, enthusiasm, and fun to Camp HLC NJ!

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who joined us and made a difference in the lives of our campers!

And finally, thank you to all of our HLC families who joined us for our twentieth Camp HLC. We are endlessly grateful for you!

Thank you to our Camp HLC NJ 2019 Supporters

The ALS Association
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America
The LiveLikeLou Foundation
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
The Sunshine Foundation
Church & Dwight
Band of Bellinas
Homestead Carpets
Roma Bank Community Foundation

Register for Camp HLC 2019

Please join Hope Loves Company at our premier program, Camp HLC! A free, 3-day weekend retreat where campers and their families will enjoy camp activities such as swimming, hiking, boating, zip lining, arts & crafts, and more!
Remaining Camp Dates and Locations:
June 16-22: Flat Rock River YMCA Camp in St. Paul, IN*
August 23-25: Camp Emerson in Hinsdale, MA
September 6-8: Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside, IL
October 25-27: YMCA Camp Winona in De Leon Springs, FL
November 22-24: YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, CA

If you've already registered for camp, check your emails for information regarding Camp HLC teleconference dates. Thank you!

*Thank you to everyone who has signed up for Camp HLC Indiana! We are so happy to say that this is the largest camp in Indiana to date! At this time, camp registration is closed due to the enormous response. While we cannot accept any more registrations for this camp date and location, we are currently accepting registrations for our first ever Camp HLC in Chicago. Camp HLC at Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside, IL takes place from September 6-8, 2019 and you and your family are welcome! 
Register for Camp HLC 2019!
Camp HLC is a wonderful opportunity for children, young adults, and families who have had or have a loved one battling ALS to come together to have fun, build friendships, and feel less alone in their challenges.
Interested in volunteering your skills, passion, and time at Camp HLC?
Camp HLC Volunteer Form
There are many volunteer roles at Camp HLC - camp leaders, cabin leaders, healing circle leaders, buddies, HLC helpers, and junior counselors!
HLC Kids Count ALS Conference
We are incredibly excited to announce the first HLC Kids Count ALS Conference! Save the date for October 11, 2019. Registration and more information to come soon!
Welcoming Linda and Lydia to the HLC Team!
We are so grateful two be welcoming to new HLC team members this month!

Welcome Linda Osman to the Hope Loves Company Board of Directors and Lydia Shirley to the HLC staff as Administrative Assistant!

Linda A. Osman, Esq. is an attorney with a private practice in Chesterfield, NJ since 1994. A general practitioner, she represents clients in real estate (commercial and residential), family law, estate matters, corporate, landlord/ tenant, land use, municipal court and more. She is hopeful this diverse background enables her to assist HLC achieve its goals.

Lydia Shirley is a recent graduate of Rider University, where she earned a BA in Arts Administration and a BA in Theatre. We are so grateful to have Lydia's organizational skills, positive attitude, and intelligence in the HLC office!
New Jersey State Governor's
Jefferson Awards for Public Service
Congratulations to Hope Loves Company Founder, Jodi O'Donnell-Ames, who was recognized on May 19, 2019 at the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

Jodi received an award in the BD Health Care Individual category in recognition of her dedication and service to the ALS community and to children and families affected by the ALS.
"Honorees of the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award achieve measurable community impact and represent outstanding acts of public service, without the expectation of recognition or compensations. Recipients demonstrate unique vision, dedication, and tenacity of heroic proportion and serve as inspiration for others."

Congrats Jodi and thank you to everyone involved for the honor and recognition!
ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party: Part II
Join us for the second ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party on Thursday, September 26, 2019!

Attendees will enjoy an evening of chocolate, candy, and other delectable treats, chocolate martinis, a 50/50 chocolate rose raffle, a silent auction with incredible trips and experiences, and a chance to meet a penguin all while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Adventure Aquarium, including the Currents Ballroom and Shark Realm! All proceeds will benefit Hope Loves Company and our free programs for children and young adults who have had or have a loved one battling ALS.

Standard tickets, as well as a limited number of VIP tickets, are on sale now and are currently available at an early bird discount until 8/10/19!

All people living with ALS and a guest are invited to attend the ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party as VIP guests at no cost.
Standard and VIP Tickets Available Here!
Click HERE to learn about sponsorship opportunities for the ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party!
May is ALS Awareness Month

Hope Loves Company ALS Awareness Month Campaign

Hope Loves Company will be sharing the stories of people living with ALS, as well as others affected by the disease, including family, friends, and caregivers, through our ALS Awareness Month Campaign, HLC Chats With...
Click below to learn more about our incredible participants!
HLC Chats With

HLC Heroes

May 2019

Congratulations Anthony Gonzalez, our HLC Hero for the month of May!
Anthony is a rising Junior at Seton Hall University and a brother of Phi Delta Theta. Through Phi Delta Theta’s affiliation with Live Like Lou, Anthony is proud to continue their mission of “Leaving ALS better than we found it.”

Anthony, along with five other members of the New Jersey Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta, joined us at Camp HLC at Fairview Lake Camp last month to volunteer.


We are so grateful to both Phil Delta Theta Fraternity and the Live Like Lou Foundation for supporting us and connecting us with so many wonderful people, like Anthony!

Click Here to Read More about our HLC Heroes

The Hope Loves Company Documentary

The Hope Loves Company Documentary, directed by award-winning documentarian Steve Besserman, begins with the founding of Hope Loves Company and then follows several families affected by ALS. This heartwarming documentary is a story of triumph of the human spirit and the journey to shape grief into action. It's a story that celebrates a group of courageous caregiving teens and their families who deserve to be applauded. Please help bring recognition to this unique group of amazing caregivers by sharing this story of ALS, love, and hope with family and friends.
Watch the MUST-SEE HLC Documentary
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