After Warren and Jackie Hance lost their three young daughters, Emma, Alyson, and Katie in a car accident, they had a choice to make: to give in to the grief or to create a lasting legacy in honor of their girls. They also wanted to support their local Floral Park, New York community, who had loved and protected them in the face of unimaginable tragedy. The Hance Family Foundation was created to give back to Floral Park by creating 3 scholarships in honor of their girls. In addition, Warren and Jackie wished to share with others the lessons they had learned in the course of their difficult journey:
Be accountable to others
Surround yourself with friends and family
Accept help when you need it
Forgive yourself and be patient with yourself
Find something or someone to be grateful for
Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer - focusing on others can turn tragedy into triumph
The Hance Family Foundation grew into a beloved symbol within the Floral Park community. Due to this support, the Foundation became more focused, and evolved with the larger mission of empowering women and girls beyond education. Their first program, Beautiful Me, was designed to enhance self-esteem, increase positive body awareness, improve problem-solving, and to help build healthy relationship skills for women and girls of all ages. Warren and Jackie soon realized that they needed to share their mission with more communities throughout the country. Self-Esteem Rising was created to bring the Hance Family Foundation’s vision to a national level, and to encompass all of the Foundation’s projects, including Beautiful Me, Raising a Beautiful Child and Empower Me. While the Hance Family Foundation continues to be a beloved local organization, the Self-Esteem Rising national initiative is helping to spread their mission to more women and girls every day. So far, tens of thousands of people around the world have benefited from the Self-Esteem Rising programs. With the continued support of the Foundation family and people like you, Emma, Alyson, and Katie can continue to make enormous impact in the world.