Provides Services to
Children with all Abilities.

About Us

Makena’s Hope Incorporated is a non-profit organization formed after the death of our daughter, Makena Jade Kashiwa.  Shortly after birth, Makena was diagnosed with Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome, an extremely rare chromosomal disorder of the 4th chromosome.

​Management of Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome differs for each individual, but generally includes life-long therapies, continuous medical monitoring for secondary complications and in some cases, special feeding techniques and management of gastrostomy difficulties.  During Makena’s time in the neonatal intensive care unit at Strong Memorial Hospital it was also suggested to us that we expose her to as much sensory training and activities as we could.

Makena Jade Kashiwa passed away on November 13, 2015 from pneumonia while still in the NICU. We created Makena’s Hope Incorporated as a way to not only keep her memory alive, but to provide family services. The primary mission of Makena’s Hope is to enhance the lives of children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities by offering fun, creative and educational support services.

All are welcome to come to share and learn from each other’s experiences.

If you are interested in participating in any of our groups or programs, please feel free to contact us.  


If you are interested in employment or volunteering with Makena's Hope, please send your resume and cover letter to


May God continue to keep and bless you all!


3736 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester, NY 14617.

Telf.: (585) 802 - 2495
 Fax: (585) 454 - 5249
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