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"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."

Maya Angelou

Connie Lester joined Hearts of Hope in 2016 with a dream of starting a Hearts of Hope Chapter in Stratford, CT. She realized her dream in a short time through hard work, dedication, and the inspired leadership team she recruited to join her. Together, this Chapter grew and continues to reach thousands through expansive outreach, not only within the Stratford community, but throughout the world.

Connie has a deep understanding of military organizations who serve active-duty soldiers as well as veterans. She adopts soldiers and has a Rotational Unit she supports while deployed. She continues to support and volunteer with organizations such as The Fisher House, Homes for our Troops, Homes for the Brave and Operation Gift Cards.

In 2018, Connie became a member of Hearts of Hope's Board of Directors and this appointment coincided with a family move to Charleston, SC. Connie's efforts continue through the formation of a chapter in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Connie is married with four beautiful children and two sweet little dogs.