Hope With Heart

A place for you to be included.

CAMP 2024: Sunday, August 4th – Saturday, August 10th

John M. Griffin Golf Tournament

Save the Date! Monday, May 5, 2025 | White Beeches Golf & Country Club

Over three decades of smiles.

Welcome to Hope With Heart…a place for you to be included!

To experience Hope With Heart is to know Hope With Heart. Each year our Staff and Counselors – many of whom are seasoned HWH campers themselves – greet our campers with open arms. We listen to them. We share with them. We strive to understand them. And then, we offer them a camp experience tailored for fun! Before the week is over, new friendships are made. Experience is gained. Confidence is built. And suddenly, something remarkable happens.

The Hope With Heart Miracle

Parents tell us that their child returns home from camp at peace with themselves and with a greater willingness to continue the struggles they face. Often, they show more courage and seem happier with themselves. We think it’s because they find role models from among both campers and counselors. But it might also be because Hope With Heart creates a safe haven where – regardless of their diagnosis – kids can be kids.

It was our pledge to campers, parents and supporters in 1989 and it continues as our mission today – “To build a community of love among children with moderate to severe heart problems.” We invite you to join us!

Camper Application

AGES 7 TO 17



Happy Campers

Hope With Heart is one of the few places where I can be myself without judgement, it’s like a second home.

-Chris P.

WOW! I really wish my Mom had sent me here years ago. I just didn’t know that a place like this existed for kids like me.

-Adam M., age 15, first-time camper

Our Staff

Alissa Gretina
Camp Director

Jamie Corter
Activities Director & Social Media

Payton Hanna
Activities Assistant

Ian Griffin
Senior Staff

Camp Nurses

Carol C. Minarick, RN, BSN, CPN
Evelyn M. Orton, RN, BSN

Our Board

June Griffin

George Kipel, M.D.
1st Vice President/Medical Director

Michael Griffin
2nd Vice President

David Kramer

Leonard Abruzzese

Alissa Gretina

Contact Us

Contact Us

PO Box 354
Waldwick, NJ 07463

(201) 264-6260

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