The Bev Roy Hope Foundation
The Bev Roy Hope Foundation is a collective effort to rewrite the story of dementia, replacing the old narrative of fear, isolation, despair, futility and loss with one of hope, connection, growth, purpose and courage. The new story encourages those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, especially those in the early stages of memory loss, to focus on their strengths and the things they can do and enjoy rather than areas where they may be experiencing diminishing capabilities.
The mission of the foundation is to offer support, build connection and provide hope for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and their caregivers.
Our compassionate volunteers oversee all activities. Volunteers have ties to the community and possess the unique ability to connect with our target demographic. In addition, our board of directors is a group of talented professionals who are dedicated to committing their time and resources to provide the highest quality of programs and services.
At the Bev Roy Hope Foundation, we are living out our family values. We recognize and affirm the intrinsic worth of all individuals and treat those we serve with compassion and kindness.
The foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible as provided by law. We are committed to being responsible stewards of all our resources. We welcome your donations.
About the Founder
A proud resident of St. Charles, Shelly Roy is dedicated to helping others. It’s a family value that was instilled in her by her mother, Beverly Roy, from the time she was young. Later in life, Shelly had a first-row seat when Bev experienced the life-altering effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Bev’s journey through dementia not only changed her life, but the lives of her family. The diagnosis triggered a range of emotions: anger, fear, frustration and sadness. There were so many decisions to make about treatment, living arrangements, finances and end-of-life care.
Not one to wallow in self-pity, Shelly began to volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about the disease and how she could help her mother and others affected by Alzheimer’s. Shelly became her mother’s spokesperson and was able to find the joy along the winding road of her mother’s journey.
As a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association and palliative care agencies for more than 10 years, Shelly is committed to helping individuals and families stay connected and find hope while living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Board of Directors
Shelly Roy, President
Sister Rose Mercurio, Treasurer
Heidi Roy, Secretary
Beverly Ann Roy
Beverly Ann (Welch) Roy was born April 10, 1937, in Yale, Michigan. She married Robert Lynn Roy on March 3, 1955, and together they had four children, Randy, Sherry, Shelly and Rob. Bev was a bright light and was loved by all who knew her. She passed away peacefully on July 19, 2018. Throughout her journey with Alzheimer’s disease, Bev never lost her sense of humor or her joy for living. She continues to be an inspiration to many!