Angela's House Blog

  • July 8th, 2021 by Bob

    Angel of Hope Candle Light Vigil

    A candlelight healing ceremony will be held at the base of the Angel monument on Saturday, December 4, 2021, for all parents and families that have lost their children. This Angel statue is a symbol of hope, a place to reflect, a place of healing, and a special place for people to grieve. There is a great spiritual wonder in this memorial statue. This Angel will be a symbol that will represent and honor our children

    After a few remarks, and a moment of silence, the attendees are invited to leave a white flower (flowers and candles will be provided) at the base of the angel statue. The public is welcome.

    The Candlelight Memorial Service will be held at the base of the Angel of Hope Statue

  • November 30th, 2020 by Bob

    Angel of Hope “Christmas Box Angel Ceremony” (Facebook Live)

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020 AT 9 PM EST – 10 PM EST

    Angel of Hope “Christmas Box Angel Ceremony” (Facebook Live)

    Facebook live, virtual Angel of Hope ceremony on December 6th, 9pm EST.

    This event is for people who have lost children and those seeking to comfort them.

    We normally gather at our statues but due to COVID-19, the Angel of Hope Candle Light Ceremony at Eisenhower Park is canceled for 2020.   

    The author of “A Christmas Box”, Richard Paul Evans is hosting this virtual event from his home in Salt Lake City. 

    Richard Paul Evans’ book inspired the original Angel of Hope statue and he has agreed to do a Facebook Live

    The Christmas Box Angel Statue was introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box, a worldwide bestseller and hit television movie by author Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Though the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument once existed but is speculated to have been destroyed. The new angel statue was commissioned by Richard Paul Evans, in response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal. The monument was dedicated on December 6, 1994-corresponding with the date of the child’s death in The Christmas Box. (Coincidentally, Dec. 6th is celebrated in many parts of the world as Children’s Day).

  • July 15th, 2020 by Angela's House

    Spring 2020

    2020 Spring
  • June 8th, 2020 by Bob

    Social Justice Letter

    Dear Angela’s House Employees and Community,

    Angela’s House has been committed to the struggle for human rights for decades. Since the horrors and indignities exposed at the Willowbrook State School, our fight has advanced high-quality treatment, dignity, and self-determination for people with disabilities. We have sought justice for a group of people for whom a rightful stake in their own community has been denied.

    The connection of our mission, historically and presently, to the plight of communities of color unites us in purpose. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, for the first time in history, provided legal protection to people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, furthered these protections to grant those with disabilities equal access to employment and public accommodations. It was, however, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that provided federal protection against discrimination against minorities that paved the way for similar legal safeguards for people with disabilities. As we continue our mission to ensure equal access and quality of life for those we serve, we cannot ignore the parallel fight against the injustices and indignities perpetrated by acts and attitudes of racism.

    The horrific deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others painfully remind us that, over a half-century since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, individual and systemic racism continue to plague our society. We write today to affirm that Angela’s House stands proudly with our employees and the community in the fight for social justice, racial equality, and human dignity for all people. Our organization represents a diverse group of employees and individuals; through our diversity, we are brighter, stronger, and possess greater potential for positive growth and transformative change. Together, we must help sustain an environment where every person feels welcome, heard, valued, and safe. When we succeed at this, we advance our ability to serve individuals, each other, and the betterment of society.

    These times have become overwhelming for many, and unbearable for some. For those who need assistance, please seek support from loved ones, friends, and professionals. We offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) program and our HR department is prepared to help. We can directly impact change through our daily interactions with one another, and in the values embraced as an organization. In the workplace, home, and community, create and encourage others to foster a sense of belonging. Be mindful of the words we choose and the attitudes they may reflect or imply. Listen empathically to the perspective and experiences of others. On a macro level, contact local and state representatives to urge legislation advancing social justice, support organizations that advocate for civil rights, and join collective efforts to eliminate discrimination and structural racism.

    Please know that Angela’s House will continue to advocate for the rights of individuals, ensure respect and dignity for our employees, and support the advancement of equality and justice across society.

    Be safe, strong, and contribute to positive progress,

    Bob Policastro, Executive Director, Angela’s House

    Walter Stockton, CEO, IGHL


    Affiliate Management Team

  • December 15th, 2019 by Bob

    2019 Breakfast with Santa

    MoMos Too’s Breakfast with Santa, which included a toy drive for Angela’s House. Thank you for your support!

  • December 7th, 2019 by Bob

    2019 Holiday Parties

    What a fantastic time we all had at our Holiday Parties! A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our sponsors (Darren Krantz/Recommerce, the Whelan Foundation, Brookhaven Irrigation) for making these parties possible. Thank you to IBEW for allowing us to throw our holiday parties in their hall. Thank you to all of our vendors, the beautiful choir who sang for us, and all of our volunteers that made this possible! Thanks to Scott Posner, the Kammers, and Ken Sanger for sharing the holiday spirit 😉 Thank you Joe for capturing the holiday magic! And, can’t forget the team at Parties by Ziggy, Hauppauge Venturing Crew, CJ’s American Grill, Echo Events, and Immaculate Reception for making the day complete!

  • November 11th, 2019 by drew

    NEWSLETTER Spring 2018

  • November 9th, 2019 by Bob

    2019 Hoedown

    A HUGE THANK YOU to Bill Hesselbirg & Katherine Paolini Hesselbirg for making this year’s Hoedown a great success! And thank you to the Village Idiot Pub in Lake Grove for being such a great host to all our participants! And thank you to the incredible South Bound band and DJ Deuce for bringing the tunes! Joseph Michael McGahan, great job on these beautiful pictures!

  • October 28th, 2019 by Bob

    2019 Walk

    A HUGE thank you to our sponsors, Applebee’s, Hint water, Vehicle Tracking Solutions, Patriot Mobility, Yardi, Tutor Time, Ridgewood Savings Bank, and Centerspan, for making this event possible! What a remarkable turnout we had! Thank you to everyone that came out to show their support! Please feel to tag you, your team, friends, and/or family in the photos! We hope to see you again next year!

  • October 28th, 2019 by Bob

    2019 White Post Farms

    Thank you to White Post Animal Farm of Melville for welcoming us again to their Fall Festival!