HERO Fund Stories

Kayla Saulpaugh

I just wanted to share an update. My son Kayden had his heart surgery and it was a success and he is now fully recovered! I have been back at work for 2 weeks now and everything is going great. Between my husband and I we both missed a lot of work to be with […]

Kari Shoufer

Back in 2014, I had an unexpected injury to my knee which caused me to get 20 stitches–12 external and 8 internal. I was unable to bend my knee at all, I was on a lot of pain medication, and I was unable to walk without crutches for weeks. I had just gotten back from […]

Christina Ellerman

I just wanted to thank the HERO Fund for helping me out back in March and April after my heart attack. After I was able to pay my rent there was enough left over to help pay most of my electric. It is a great thing the HERO Fund is doing for the employees. Christina […]

LaToya Brown

My sister has cancer.  The doctor said it was terminal.  She is 38 and has 5 kids and I wanted to be there.  I received an Emergency Travel Grant to visit her in Jamaica.  When I went to visit, I discovered my mom was also sick, and we didn’t realize how serious it was. Because […]

Stephanie Layou

When my family suffered a great tragedy back in April, the out pouring of love and support I received from the Hamra Family was overwhelming. People from all over the company reached out and came together for me and my daughters. It was like no other experience. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for […]

Ross Courtemanche

Hero. What is a Hero?  Typically, a hero is a parent, a role model, a public figure or a professional athlete.  My hero is my daughter Gracyn Anna Courtemanche.  Gracyn’s life is one of inspiration, bravery and strength.  I would love to share Gracyn’s story with you.  I hope that her story will inspire you […]

Lacey Colston

Thank you so very much for everything, you are truly a blessing in a time of need for my family and especially to me I couldn’t be more thankful then I am now for your help with my dad.

Shawn McMahon

I have never heard of or been helped by any state or government agency in raising my son. I like to pride myself on doing the best I can on my own. I am speechless that there is an agency like Heroes that does what they do and does not ask for anything in return. […]

Mary Hoffman

My father passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 16th, 2015.  He lived in Dollar Bay, MI.,  which is about 1000 miles away from here.  Thanks to the Hero Fund for their grant, I did not have to be concerned with how I was going to afford to travel up there and where I was going […]

Laura Elstrom

I just wanted to send out an e-mail to say thank you! It feels great working for a company that is willing to reach out and help employees when we really need it. I’m very proud to work for such a company. Thank you so much! Laura Elstrom Associate; Chicago Bread, Round Lake Beach Panera