Mamma’s Hands Provides Hope for Women and Children

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Mamma’s Hands
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Since 2010, Wayne Demeester has been the managing director for Definitive Advisors, LLC, a Seattle-based financial services company. Wayne Demeester spends time in charitable work as well, by supporting Mamma’s Hands, a Washington State-based charity that provides assistance for individuals in crisis.

One of Mamma’s Hands programs is House of Hope. Located in Western Washington, House of Hope provides support and shelter for women and children in crisis by offering them a safe place to stay and resources to help them to break away from cycles of dependence and abuse. Residents are provided with group and individual counseling services, mental health assessments, life skills training, and opportunities for personal development.

House of Hope teaches residents positive family values and offers parenting and budgeting classes. In addition, preschool-age children are given social and educational opportunities. Ultimately, House of Hope aims to transition its residents into safe, independent living situations, where they can continue to receive needed support while working toward full self-sufficiency.

RMHC Honors Child Advocates at Annual Awards of Excellence Event

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Ronald McDonald House Charities
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With over three decades of financial services experience, Wayne Demeester serves as managing director of Definitive Advisors, LLC, an investment firm he cofounded in 2011. In addition to leading his firm, Wayne Demeester has dedicated his time and resources over the years to a number of nonprofit groups, including Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Every fall for nearly 30 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has held its annual Awards of Excellence celebration to honor individuals who have made significant contributions toward improving the lives of children. In addition to receiving accolades from their peers and RMHC leaders, each Awards of Excellence recipient is presented with a $100,000 grant to be donated to a nonprofit organization of his or her choosing.

Recently, more than 1,200 RMHC leaders and guests came together for the 2015 Awards of Excellence gala, which took place Saturday, November 7, in Rosemont, Illinois. Rwanda minister of health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho and RMHC South Africa founding member Reggie Skhosana were honored at the event and presented with the Medical Award of Excellence and the McTLC Award of Excellence, respectively.

Dr. Binagwaho will direct the $100,000 Medical Award of Excellence grant to a Rwandan foundation assisting vulnerable children, and Mr. Skhosana will donate his grant money to RMHC South Africa. For more information about the RMHC Awards of Excellence, visit www.rmhc.org/awards-of-excellence-gala.

Mamma’s Hands House of Hope Program

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Mamma’s Hands House
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Financial executive Wayne Demeester is the managing director for Definitive Advisors, LLC, based in Bellevue, Washington. Outside of his work with the financial advising firm, Wayne Demeester contributes to multiple charitable organizations, including Mamma’s Hands.

Among the programs and services that Mamma’s Hands sponsors is the House of Hope program, which focuses on providing a safe living environment for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Along with access to a variety of legal and mental health services, occupants of the House of Hope can also learn valuable life skills that help them on their journey to independence from the lives they leave behind.

During their stay with House of Hope, residents are able to speak with professional counselors one-on-one as well as attend group therapy sessions to meet other women who have undergone similar experiences. Life skill development programs available on location include courses on parenting, cooking, budgeting, home efficiency, and automobile care.