Light Up HOPE 2023

Get ready to Light Up HOPE with us again in person! On Giving Tuesday, November 28, Stella’s Circle will be lighting up HOPE with special guest, JUNO award nominee Kellie Loder. Join Stella’s Circle for a festive, free event celebrating community, generosity and hope from 6:00-7:00pm at the Bonaventure Community Garden, right next to Holy Heart High School.

The family-friendly evening will feature a live performance by Kellie Loder with the Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir, along with a fire circus performance, music by DJ Slim Macho, and hot chocolate and cookies from our Hungry Heart Café. This heartwarming event celebrates the official lighting of the iconic Stella’s Circle HOPE sign as well as the culmination of our 100 Homes for the Holidays campaign.

“We are thrilled to have Kellie Loder joining the Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir this year to premiere a new original song,” said CEO Laura Winters. “Kellie is an ambassador for inclusion and acceptance and is an inspiring example for not just the choir members but the whole community. It’s going to be an incredible performance to celebrate our goal of reaching one hundred affordable homes.”

Community members are also invited to help light up hope by donating to Stella’s Circle. We need your support to build 15 more homes for women experiencing homelessness. Your donation is matched by Verafin and the Foran Family Foundation now until the end of November 28, up to $15,000. Help Stella’s Circle reach our goal of 100 homes for the holidays. Donations can be made online at or by calling 709-738-7730.

 “We have people who wait to make their donation to Stella’s Circle on Giving Tuesday because it will be matched. A donation of $10 becomes $20, doubling the impact – that’s a great incentive for donors. This year we’re raising funds to create more safe, affordable homes for marginalized community members. It’s powerful to know you can be part of the solution.”

Stella’s Circle lights up hope signs at its six downtown locations which serve as beacons for many in the community. Kick off your holiday season with the warmth of working together to bring real homes to those in need. Rain, snow, or shine – we’ll be there to light up HOPE.

About Stella’s Circle: Stella’s Circle is an award-winning, nationally celebrated community organization with a mission to help transform lives through Real Homes, Real Help, and Real Work. Its 140-person team provides programs and services rooted in social justice to a vulnerable population facing many barriers such as mental health challenges, addictions, trauma, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice involvement, low literacy, and unemployment.

About Giving Tuesday: Giving Tuesday is a global movement for generosity taking place each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day that focuses on giving, rather than getting. Giving Tuesday harnesses the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities and provides a platform to encourage the donation of time, resources, talents, and acts of kindness to address local challenges.