Families of Hope is a publicity campaign and fundraiser organized by The SUCCESS Project to build awareness about the many local families right here in Harford County working hard to realize the American Dream.

With the help of a variety of churches, agencies and support organizations, not to mention mentoring from private parties, these individuals are working hard to achieve or regain economic self-sufficiency.

Because they continue to work towards and are hitting their goals, they serve as a Beacon of Hope for others. So for that, and for their personal efforts, we want to celebrate and support them and that’s what this event is all about.

Congratulations to Jacqui Wilson –
our 2020 Beacon of Hope

Jacqueline Wilson grew up in Cecil County and survived a toxic relationship, drug dependency, and run-in with law enforcement before moving to Harford County. 

Now a mother to a five-year old daughter, engaged to be married, and working at a facility that helps those battling addiction; she truly feels she has been given a second chance at life. 

WIN Family Services is helping her and her fiancé learn how to be the best parents they can and the SUCCESS Project is assisting with finding affordable local rental housing.


Thank You to the Sponsoring Agencies of this year’s Families of Hope Nominees

Milly Conklin
2019 Beacon of Hope

Milly was raised in Middle River and is the mother of three adult daughters and a grandmother to eight. A learning disability caused Milly to struggle with academics so she did not have a chance to earn a high school diploma. At age 54 she went back to school and earned her GED; but that was only the beginning.

Rebecca Svoboda
2018 Beacon of Hope

Rebecca Svoboda was named the Beacon of Hope for 2018 at the Celebration of Hope. Rebecca left an abusive marriage and set out to create a happier life for herself and her two children. Now working and a single mother, she continues to strive towards her version of the American dream while also doing what she can to assist other abuse victims.

Chrystal Morris
2017 Beacon of Hope

Chrystal Morris and family, nominated by Safe Harbor Christian Counseling, raised the most in the 2016 program, and thus earned the title of 2017 Beacon of Hope. A portion of the proceeds were used to make much needed repairs to Chrystal’s vehicle to further support her family’s efforts to be financially independent.

Why Be Part of The Families of Hope?

There were nine nominees for the 2017-2018 Family of Hope Campaign.

Read their stories (PDF)

Check out pictures from the 2017 Celebration of Hope.

View Photos (PDF).