Bringing Joy

Nicole’s vision of starting a movement to enrich the lives of those in foster care was brought to life in 2013 when she co-founded Fostering Hope – a Northeast Ohio organization serving children in foster care and residential treatment. Through volunteer experience, she had recognized the need for lifting the spirits of kids, teens and young adults in foster care by providing experiences and programs to bring joy to those in need.

With the help of volunteers, supporters, and donors, over 5,000 children have been positively impacted through Fostering Hope’s programs.

Programs include Birthdays with Hope, where children's birthdays are recognized with a personalized gift and card, Hope in Balance, which brings trauma-informed yoga, meditation and art therapy to children in foster care, Journey Bags, which provides suitcases (instead of a trash bag) for transporting belongings from placement to placement, and many more. 

Nicole’s contributions to Cleveland have been recognized with awards including the Beech Brook Partnership Award 2015, Good News Giving Agency 2014 and 2016, OhioGuidestone Volunteer Achievement Award 2012-2013, the National Council of Jewish Women’s Roslyn Z. Wolf Award 2015, and she was named one of Sun News’ Inspiring People of 2015.

Prior to co-founding Fostering Hope, Nicole started her non-profit career as the director of a traveling art show for Joining Together, an organization focused on stopping sexual abuse. She has also worked as a paralegal for Ross, Brittain & Schonberg in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nicole lives in Pepper Pike, Ohio, with her husband and three daughters. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, running, and gardening. She is a member of Cleveland Bridge Builders’ class of 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Art History from Kent State University. She is currently a student at Case Western Reserve’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences with a concentration in Nonprofit Management Organization.

Fostering Hope Founder Nicole Shefrin

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