FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review these questions that we hear often.  If you need further information about Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation, donations, or programs please contact us at 952-471-8700 or foundation@hopechest.com.  If you have a question regarding donating items to resale stores, volunteering in a store, or a pick-up or delivery call 952-471-8700, ext. 10, or stores@hopechest.com

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Q. What services does the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation provide?

A.  Hope Chest helps with urgent, emergency needs for daily living expenses such as rent or mortgage, utilities, childcare during treatment, and transportation to treatment.

 

Q. Do I have to live in the state of Minnesota?

A.  Yes, currently we are limited to the state of Minnesota.  We have a long-range strategic plan to establish Hope Chest assistance throughout the Midwest.  We are currently providing support in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas.

 

Q. Do I have to be currently in treatment for breast cancer?

A.  Yes, you must be in active treatment. We do not cover expenses once you are on maintenance or chronic treatment plan.

 

Q. Does Hope Chest help with food?

A.  Yes, the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation has partnered with a local organization to deliver Hope Chest Meals that Heal to the home for the breast cancer patient, as well as age appropriate food for children and a caretaker living in the home. You will have the opportunity to request assistance for meals as part of the application process.

 

Q. Do you provide support for patients fighting other cancers?

A.  No, our focus is breast cancer.

 

Q. Do I have to get my treatments from a particular provider?

A.  No. Any hospital or cancer treatment center in Minnesota is acceptable.

 

Q.  Is there an income limit to receive services?

A.  There is no income limit. However, the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation does ask for your income range and this is considered during the application approval process along with other vital information.

 

Q. Is there a limit to how many services I can receive in a year?

A.  The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation’s objective is to help as many families experiencing breast cancer as we can each year.  Due to the limited financial resources, we do take into consideration whether you have received help previously from the Foundation, but it doesn’t preclude you from receiving additional support.

 

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BREAST CANCER FACTS
According to breastcancer.org

Q. How prevalent is breast cancer in the United States?

A. The lifetime incidence of breast cancer in women is one in eight (13%). The American Cancer Society predicts that there will be 4300 new breast cancer diagnoses in Minnesota in 2016.  Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women.

 

Q. How does breast cancer compare to other cancers that women experience?

A. For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer besides lung cancer. One out of every four cancer diagnoses are for breast cancer, making it the second most commonly diagnosed cancer (behind skin cancer).    

 

Q. Are there more survivors now due to improved care and early detection?

 A. Yes! There are currently more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

 

Q. Do men get breast cancer?

 A. Yes. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1/10th of 1% (1 in 1,000).

 

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GET INVOLVED

Q. How was Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation established?

A. After losing her two sisters to breast cancer, our Founder Barbara Hensley became painfully aware of the challenges faced by under-served women with breast cancer. Her sisters' struggle, lasting over six years, was devastating to Barbara. In 2001, she resigned her corporate executive position and founded the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Store and Foundation, where she now drives our commitment to make a difference.

 

Q. What makes the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation different from other breast cancer charities?

A.  Our programs help Minnesota breast cancer patients and their families collaborate with local hospitals, treatment centers, clinics, and other human service organizations to connect them to our Hope Chest Emergency Assistance program.  These collaborating partners have the capacity to identify breast cancer patients that are financially challenged and assist us to distribute help immediately, without a lengthy qualification process.

 

Q. How does the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation get funds directly to patients?

A.  The Hope Chest works directly with treatment centers, nurse navigators, and physicians who can learn the needs of patients and can immediately respond by connecting them to The Hope Chest Emergency Assistance funds.

 

Q. How much money has the Hope Chest Emergency Assistance Programs given to assist women and men battling breast cancer?

 A.  The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation has provided over $1.5 million to over 4,000 patients in the Twin Cities area in the last 13+ years.

 

Q. What relationship do the Hope Chest Resale Stores have with the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation?

A.  The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer business model is a combination of a charitable Foundation and up-scale Resale Shops; our retail stores create an on-going revenue contribution for the emergency assistance program.

 

Q. Why would I want to shop at the Hope Chest Resale Shops?

A.  The Hope Chest Resale Shops are open seven days a week and sell donated, high-end, and gently used women’s clothing/accessories. Hope Chest Resale Shops also offer upscale furniture and home décor at a fraction of retail cost. All items — from evening wear to end tables — are donated from individuals, retail stores, or corporations. Currently there are two resale shops located in the Twin Cities; one in Orono/Navarre, a western suburb of Minneapolis, and one in Bloomington.  The mantra of our resale shops is “Excellent quality, excellent experience, excellent buys…all for an excellent cause.”

 

Q. Besides the Resale Shops, how does the Foundation raise critical funds?

A.  The Hope Chest receives individual and business donations through our giving circles, and organizes an annual fundraising event, Fillies Race for Hope, at Canterbury Park. Third Party Events - when a business, organization, community group, school, or individual hosts an event or program to benefit the Foundation - are also an important part of our fundraising. For more information on these and other fundraisers, please visit our EVENTS page.

 

Q. How can I get involved in supporting Hope Chest for Breast Cancer?

A.  There are many volunteer opportunities with Hope Chest, including our fundraisers, assisting in the stores, and helping in the foundation offices. You can also help by making a financial donation or donating furniture, clothing,or accessories. Check out our website for opportunities at VOLUNTEER page or contact foundation@hopechest.com.

 

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GET SHOPPING

Q.  Are Hope Chest ReSale Shops consignment stores?

A.  No. We are 100% donation driven. We accept personal, retail, and corporate donations.

 

QHow can I donate goods?

A.  There are many ways to support: financial support, volunteering your time, and donating gently used good for resale. Please review the list of donations we accept at the store (See List).   If you are unsure you can call our stores or email us at stores@hopechest.com

 

Q.  What can I donate?

A.  We accept high end furniture, decorative home accessories, and women’s clothing and accessories. Please review our goods donation page to also review the items that we are unable to accept, as well as alternative resources for you to consider. 

 

Q. I am interested in donating to Hope Chest but need to confirm IRS 501 (c) (3) status and obtain Federal Tax ID #.  How can I get this information?

A.  We have all the required documentation confirming Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.  Please contact us at foundation@hopechest.com to obtain this information or documentation.

 

Q.  Do I receive a receipt for my donation?

A.  Yes. All items accepted are inventoried and itemized on your account.  If there are items that do not meet the criteria of Hope Chest for Breast Cancer ReSale Shops, we will pass it along to one of the local charities we partner with.  Donor statements are sent out early January for the previous tax year.  Please note: it will be your responsibility to assign the amount for items donated.

 

Q. How do you determine the price for the items I am donating?

A.  When donations come from a retailer, we prefer them to have tags on them listing the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).  Items received without tags are sourced in depth online for original MSRP and current resale value.  Once we establish an MSRP, we will price accordingly based on condition of item. 

 

Q.  Do your ReSale Stores offer pick-up of donations or deliveries of purchases? 

A.  Yes!   You may call or email to arrange a pick-up of your donated goods for a $25 fee.  We appreciate photos of larger furniture items in advance to ensure that we have or can allocate space in the store for those items.   When you purchase your treasure at one of our stores, you can arrange a delivery at check-out for a $50 fee.  Pick-ups and deliveries are made Tuesdays through Thursdays. 

 

Q.  What is your return policy?

A.   All items sold at Hope Chest for Breast Cancer ReSale Stores are final, and as-is, where is.  If you are transporting larger items yourself, you will be responsible for moving it from the show floor to your vehicle. 

 

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Medical Providers

Q.    What services does Hope Chest for Breast Cancer provide?

A.  Hope Chest helps with urgent, emergency needs for daily living expenses such as rent or mortgage, utilities, childcare during treatment, and transportation to treatment.

 

Q.    Does Hope Chest for Breast Cancer help with food?

A.  Yes, Hope Chest has partnered with a local organization to deliver Hope Chest Meals that Heal to breast cancer patients and age-appropriate food for children and caretakers living in the home. Patients will have the opportunity to request assistance for meals at the end of the online application process.

 

Q.    Do you cover other cancers?

A.  No, our focus is breast cancer.

 

Q.    Do patients have to get their treatments from a particular hospital?

A.  No. Any hospital or cancer treatment center in Minnesota is acceptable.

 

Q.    Is there an income limit to receive services?

A.  There is no income limit. However, Hope Chest does ask for patient’s income range and this is considered during the application approval process along with other vital information.

 

Q.    Is there a limit to how many services a patients can receive in a year?

A.  The Hope Chest's objective is to help as many families experiencing breast cancer as we can each year.  Due to the limited financial resources, we do take into consideration whether or not you have previously received help from Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

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