Who We Are | Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. Our unique programs bring comfort, hope, and joy to children and their families, enabling them to renew their spirits mentally and physically.
What We Believe | We believe in keeping families together during a child’s medical crisis, and that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process. We believe the highest standards of service and unparalleled hospitality help create a unique healing environment, where families find hope and comfort.
Since 1982, Believe In Tomorrow has provided over 800,000 individual overnight accommodations, from every state in the U.S. and more than 82 countries worldwide. Our unique hospital housing, respite housing, and Hands On Adventures programs serve as a support system for when families need it most. Navigate through our programs below or continue reading to learn more about Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation.
What began as a volunteer-led effort in 1982 has now grown to many programs serving families of critically ill children from all over the world.
Foundation began as a volunteer effort to help critically ill children while they were undergoing hospital treatments at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and University of Maryland hospitals.
Foundation begins to look at addressing longer term needs of pediatric cancer and cystic fibrosis patients. Works to establish one of the very first teen cancer support groups in the country at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Foundation creates formal program to sponsor support groups for teen cancer at other hospitals.
Foundation also creates Beach Respite Housing, the first pediatric respite housing program in the United States for children with life-threatening illnesses. Program starts with one rented ocean-front condo in Ocean City, MD, that is made available to families free of charge throughout their child’s illness as a place to renew their spirits during treatment.
Respite Housing expands to three rented ocean-front units and one mountain cabin in Virginia.
Local Adventures and In-Hospital Entertainment programs created to provide ongoing services to critically ill children.
Foundation creates Pain Management and Distraction Program through the placement of distraction and focusing boxes in critical care hospital clinics. Foundation also sponsors award-winning video, Don’t Freeze Me Out, about teen cancer patients and problems they experienced in schools. Video distributed to school systems throughout the United States and profiled on Good Morning America.
Foundation begins construction of the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins, a major four-level hospital residential facility on the grounds of the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital. Believe In Tomorrow programs begin to expand throughout the United States.
The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins opens, providing 1,000 individual overnight accommodations each month to children throughout the United States and the world. This facility becomes a model for other hospital residential facilities throughout the country.
Strategic national partnerships with SANYO Electronics, Doubletree Hotel, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inns, DeWalt Tools, and Team Amick Motor Sports expand foundation’s services throughout the country between 1995 and 2001. Foundation serves over 38,000 children each year during this period.
The Believe In Tomorrow House on Fenwick Island opens as the foundation’s first permanent pediatric beach respite facility.
Foundation creates the Dreamsurfer Network©, an internet support group for critically ill children throughout the United States and the world. Dreamsurfer helps end isolation often faced by these children due to their illnesses.
Cystic fibrosis patients in Australia link to the Dreamsurfer Network©.
Foundation builds the Believe In Tomorrow House By The Sea, a major multi-unit beach retreat on the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City, Maryland.
Believe In Tomorrow restructures programs to focus on the national expansion of children’s housing, Hands On Adventures, and Pain Management and Distraction.
Believe In Tomorrow begins construction on the Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir. It is designed as the first hospital housing facility within the United States to focus exclusively on the long-term housing needs of pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and their families. Believe In Tomorrow also begins construction of its third respite home, the Believe In Tomorrow House on Wisp Mountain, located in the Alleghany Mountains of Western Maryland.
Believe In Tomorrow launches the Military Initiative, giving priority to military families facing a child’s critical illness in all programs.
Believe In Tomorrow teams up with BreakAway Games, LTD to create an immersive virtual reality computer program for critically ill children, to be implemented in the Pain Management program. The software, titled “Free Dive,” receives international attention and is premiered at the Hollywood Reporters 75th Anniversary Gala.
Believe In Tomorrow phases out Pain Management and Distraction program to focus on grown and expansion of hospital and respite housing programs.
The Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir opens to provide housing to pediatric bone marrow transplant patients at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
The Believe In Tomorrow House on Wisp Mountain also opens as the first pediatric respite home built in a mountain setting in the United States.
Construction begins on a new mountain respite facility, the Believe In Tomorrow House at Pinnacle Falls in Asheville, NC. Foundation also acquires a bayfront townhouse in Ocean City, MD, which will be converted to a new beach respite home. Both facilities are dedicated to the Believe In Tomorrow Military Initiative.
The Believe In Tomorrow House on the Bay opens its doors to military families.
The Believe In Tomorrow House at Pinnacle Falls opens just outside of Asheville, NC, as the second respite facility to prioritize military families. A new partnership with the Lane Company provides a fully furnished, two-bedroom apartment unit at The Quarter, a luxury apartment complex in Towson, MD, serving as a third hospital housing location. The MetLife Snoopy blimps join the Hands On Flying Adventures program to provide invitation-only blimp rides to children and their families nationwide.
The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation celebrates its 30th Anniversary!
A new national partnership with the DIRECTV blimp expands the Hands On Flying Adventures program.
Extensive renovation projects are completed at two of the foundation’s houses. The Believe In Tomorrow House By The Sea receives a full-service elevator to allow all families access to the entire house. The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins also receives a complete remodel of the four family kitchens.
Believe In Tomorrow is proud to adhere to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility. Through rigorous independent annual reviews, Believe In Tomorrow has been certified to meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and fiscal responsibility.
Our Founder & Board
Brian Morrison, Founder and CEO of Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, strives to discover creative solutions to meet the needs of children and families undergoing treatment for life threatening illnesses. In 1982, Brian started a volunteer effort to help these children and families, which quickly grew and expanded into a nonprofit organization.
Brian’s vision led Believe In Tomorrow to develop the first and only pediatric respite facilities in the United States in 1986, followed closely by a hospital housing program for families of children receiving treatment at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Under Brian’s leadership, the organization also developed the first long-term residential facility for pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and their families.
Beyond the office, Brian is an avid hiker and enjoys hiking adventures in the Grand Canyon, often coupled with a fundraising effort to benefit Believe In Tomorrow programs. A father to five sons, Brian enjoys spending time with them.
Brian has served on a number of national, regional, and community non-profit boards, including the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Children First – America’s Charities, and Children's Charities of America.
- Chairman Richard E. McCready
- Vice Chairman David Reymann
- President, Founder & CEO Brian Morrison
- Treasurer Christie Hunter
- Secretary Coard Simpler
- Parent Representative Daniel Ossing
- David Amick, The Amick Company
- Dorsey Baldwin, An Poitin Stil Irish Pub & Restaurant
- Nancy Caplan, TBI Corporate
- Jeffrey Elkin, Advance Business Systems
- Jacqueline McCusker, Nacho Mama's & Mama's On the Half Shell
- Michael R. Murphy
- Dave Pruitt, Stanley Black & Decker
- Kim Reese, Cadence Enviromental Energy
- Dave Seibert, T. Rowe Price
- Jackie Siejack, Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company
- Len Stoler, Len Stoler, Inc.
- Judge Keith Truffer, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
- Scott Vogt, Vogt Associates
- Trent Waite, Re/Max Preferred
- Doug Widlake, Lakewood Manufacturing
- Peter G. Angelos Esq.
- Leonard P. Berger, M.D.
- Marylou Boyd
- Benjamin Carson, M.D.
- Steve Geppi
- Stewart J. Greenebaum
- Nancy Kelleher
- John Paterakis Sr.
- Brendan V. Sullivan Esq.