Charity Spotlight: HopeSpring Village in Cary Magazine

Competent and industrious, Gianna Giambalvo was voted Best Public Speaker by her Green Hope High School peers.

But while her younger sister, Nicolette, is off enjoying college life, Gianna, 20, remains at home, due to a severe shortage of housing for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Gianna has Down syndrome.

“We’ve always treated our children completely equally. That’s why it’s so important to me that Gianna gets to experience independent living,” said her mom, Esther.

“We’ve always given her challenges,” added her dad, Lou. “So we felt that if we got involved, we could create safe housing close to home, where Gianna can continue to grow.”

The Giambalvos and a group of likeminded parents, after much research, launched the nonprofit HopeSpring Village in 2012. Their goal is to create safe, affordable, community-based housing options so adults like Gianna can live independently.

Read the full article here…

2014 HopeSpring Village Golf Tournament & Fundraiser

A BIG THANK YOU to all our Sponsors, Golfers, Contributors and Volunteers for your support of this year’s event!   And a special THANK YOU to Shannon Earley and the staff at Travinia Italian Kitchen in Morrisville for their generosity and outstanding job as our dinner sponsor.  Because of ALL of you, we raised over $80,000 for HopeSpring Village.  Your generosity was instrumental in our ability to purchase our second home at the end of October. While we loved spending the day with you, and hope you enjoyed the day’s festivities as well…We recognize this year’s tournament took way too long!  We are committed to working with The Preserve at Jordan Lake’s Golf Staff to identify options and opportunities to streamline and shorten the length of play in 2015. We look forward to seeing you next year as we celebrate a major milestone .  We have already booked the date for our 10th annual golf tournament.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Saturday October 3, 2015! In what has become an annual tradition, here’s this year’s event in pictures and Gianna’s annual speech video… We hope you enjoy –> Pics  and Speech You Make This World A Better Place!