Our History

Raising Hope for Others, Inc. was developed as an answer to Kathleen's dying wish to be remembered, as well as, Patrice Berman and Helen Burke's dream of developing a non-profit organization. In 2007, Laura Burke and Patrice Berman ran a fundraiser to assist Laura's cousin, Kathleen, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The fundraiser that summer, "Raising Hope for Kathleen", raised funds which allowed Kathleen options beyond what her health insurance would allow. Unfortunately, Kathleen passed away in January 2008, but her memory lives on through the continuation of the seeds of hope planted back in 2007. Today we are officially "Raising Hope for Others, Inc." a non-profit organization. Our aim with the entity is exactly as the name implies, raising hope for others.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission at Raising Hope for Others, Inc. is to assist fellow human beings during life's most difficult times including but not limited to assistance with medical, transportation, food, clothing and other basic needs.

This will be accomplished through:

  • Increased awareness to the community of those in need
  • Increased support for research for pancreatic cancer and/or other life threatening diseases
  • Financial assistance for individuals or families in need of medical transportation or other financial burden due to illness
  • Provided services to assist with the care and well being of the women and children of Manna House.
  • The Phillip Frank Memorial Scholarship ($1,500 college scholarship fund to a senior at Matawan High School)

Meet the Trustees

Laura Burke, Patrice Berman and Helen Burke are all local residents within the Manalapan Township area.


Laura Burke

Laura Burke was raised in Manalapan, NJ, attended Manalapan High School before heading off to Kean University to pursue a career in Special Education. She has been molding the minds of adolescents for over 30 years. Giving back and helping those in need has always been paramount for Laura.


Patrice Berman

Patrice Berman was raised in Matawan, NJ, attended Matawan Regional High School before heading off to Kean College to pursue a career in Special Education. While raising four children, she taught pre-school and first grade for several years. Between establishing the Phillip Frank Memorial Scholarship at Matawan High school in honor of the fallen hero, the Build-A-Bear project and adopting a family at Manna House, giving her time and compassion to those in need as always been a driving force in Patrice's life.


Helen Burke

Helen Vass Burke was raised in Manalapan, NJ, attended Freehold High School before heading off to Millilin University to pursue a career in education.  After teaching fourth grade for three years, she worked with her mother at The Garrett B. Conover Insurance Agency for over 25 years.  Helen always wanted to start a charity of her own and prayed about it.  When Patrice and Laura asked her to be the third trustee, she felt this was the answer to her prayers.

Kathleen: Never Forgotten.