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A Vision of Heaven in Central Harlem: iHope Finds Beauty Amid Brokenness


You might expect a school for children who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to be a sad or somber place, but I found a different reality when I visited the International Academy of Hope (a.k.a iHope) last week. In fact, this converted nightclub above a Conway’s department store on the corner of 116th Street and [Read More...]

“NY Med” TV Series & iHope School Founder Patrick Donohue to Receive Special Christopher Awards


NEW YORK, April 21, 2015 — At the 66th annual Christopher Awards ceremony here on Wednesday May 13th, Patrick Donohue, who created a school for children with traumatic brain injuries, and ABC News’s documentary TV series “NY Med,” will receive special awards. Donohue will be honored with the James Keller Award—while “NY Med,” about the [Read More...]

Kids with Special Needs Want to Be of Service and Take Part in the Life of the Church


“Parents of children with special needs need to realize that even though they didn’t expect to have a child with special needs, that was the child God gave them, and God doesn’t make mistakes.” David and Mercedes McBride Rizzo came by that truth first hand when their daughter Danielle was diagnosed with autism at age [Read More...]

The 2015 Christopher Award Winners in Film, TV, and Books Are…

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NEW YORK, April 8, 2015 — An Olympic gold medalist, the actor best known as “the Fonz,” and a nine-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician are among the creative forces behind the 20 feature films, TV/Cable programs, and books for adults and young people being honored at the 66th annual Christopher Awards, to be presented in [Read More...]