The mission of Hope Matters non-profit is to give a voice and coping tools for families facing life’s difficult journeys. Community outreach, educational resources, and awareness events, all serve to support families coping with dementia, cancer, and military deployment. The gifts of compassion, love and patience shine through our Neighborhood Memory Cafes, The Stocking Project, Annual Senior Prom and Military Family Events. We are equipping carriers of hope for generations to come!
Maryann Makekau founded Hope Matters to make a difference in hurting lives. That motivation began to bless a friend in need and resulted in two series of children’s books plus Spanish translations. Maryann is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and military veteran. Her compassionate writing, practical tools, and community events have helped families cope with cancer, deployment and Alzheimer’s nationwide and abroad. From workshops and seminars to interviews and keynotes, Maryann provides a powerful message of hope. She operates Neighborhood Memory Cafes with a team of volunteers where the arts are enjoyed table-side. She partners with Vibe Productions to deliver a Senior Citizen Prom on The Emerald Coast – 2020 will mark the 3rd Annual for that remarkable fundraiser. The Stocking Project is a Christmas legacy she has carried forward for 9 years, delivering stockings and the joy of music to hospitalized cancer patients. Maryann has inspired volunteer teams and community sponsors to come alongside her in helping families face life’s difficult journeys.
Author & Speaker
Fort Walton Beach, Florida