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Hope of Survivors

Rating: 4.91 stars   134 reviews 8,903

Address:

843 Broadway Sonoma CA 95476 USA

Mission:

The Hope of Survivors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting victims of clergy sexual abuse and misconduct, as well as providing educational and informational materials and seminars to pastors and churches worldwide. Other divisions include: Latino, Australia, Romania, UK and Canada. Professional memberships include: Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals (AAFLP), Adventist-laymen''s Services & Industries (ASI), Outpost Centers International (OCI), the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the International Board of Christian Counselors.

Results:

The Hope of Survivors has assisted thousands of victims in various ways since the organization began in 2002.

Target demographics:

victims of clergy sexual abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year:

approximately 100 new victims, while maintaining support for prior victims

Geographic areas served:

International

Programs:

The Hope of Survivors currently offers several resource materials (booklets, DVDs, etc.) that address the issue of clergy sexual abuse from various perspectives (victim, youth, pastor, church, general, overview of ministry). These resources are very critical components of the educational and awareness work of The Hope of Survivors ministry. These materials are used in clergy education seminars, church congregations and among individuals around the world. We also provide ongoing, free support to victims via email and phone, as well as offer in-house programs (for a fee) at our Renewal Center and seminars around the country and world.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

5 people found this review helpful

The Hope of Survivors is not just an organisation. They are real people making a real difference in real peoples lives. They have helped me immensely through difficult times of abuse AND by pointing me to Jesus and showing me what a true relationship with him looks like. To God be the glory for the great things they are doing in so many lives!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

THOS and its people are truly sincere, compassionate, and deeply dedicated to supporting anybody who has been devastated by the exploitation and abuse of spiritual leaders. They are willing to help anyone in crisis or need and will pour their hearts and soul into offering hope to survivors of clergy abuse regardless of their religion or denomination. They care. They really care. And they will remain at your side the entire way. I know and my husband knows how precious this organization and its people are. They walked beside us both during some of the darkest days of our lives, and we are forever grateful.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The Hope of Survivors is exactly THAT.... hope in the midst of hopelessness. There is a need for education to the public and churches regarding the CRIME that has been committed against an innocent victim . Understanding the vulnerability of a person who was seeking support only to meet abuse is such a delicate issue and we know often goes unreported. Knowing that THOS is not only a website with significant information but is backed by real people who show up at your home to provide the education and emotional support needed at a time of devastation is valuable to transform to survivor. I don't know how I could have survived without this information and people to communicate with, classes to attend and HOPE beyond abuse.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Changed my life. I don't where I would be today without this organization. I wish there were more out there like this.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Hope of Survivors is one of a kind! It is a much needed life support for many that find themselves in a horrible situation of being betrayed by their spiritual leader. Without this organization, their staff and volunteers, and their amazing website, many in this sad situation would find themselves without any help or support. I was a victim of pastoral sexual abuse and when it came out, I became a victim of an ignorant church that rallied around the abuser and ignored the victim. The wealth of knowledge found on their website, along with someone to talk to who understood, was what saved me from feeling like the only answer was suicide. They offer truth in the midst of so many lies and hope to what seems utterly hopeless.

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I had no idea that the traumatic, devastating situation that was going on in my life had a name, clergy sexual abuse, or that anyone else was going thru what I was going thru. I was dead inside, a shell of a person, ready to end it all. My husband and I had no support, outside of our therapist, until we were told about The Hope of Survivors. Their ministry gave us life changing knowledge, support, and help that we needed so badly. It is a non profit organization that there is not enough of in this world today. This ministry is vital in the lives of so many victims out there that would otherwise be alone and without any support or help of any kind. When one suffers from clergy sexual abuse, not only are you abused by your so-called spiritual leader, but you are often times ignored and further abused by what is supposed to be your church family. Most people do not fully understand clergy sexual abuse and all its implications. The Hope of Survivors is doing the hard job of not only helping and supporting victims, but trying to educate churches, communities, and all people who will listen about what CSA really is, how to avoid it, how to deal with it, how to help....and this is all just the beginning of trying to stop it altogether.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I had been abused by my former "pastor" for years. When it came out, someone told me about The Hope of Survivors and I went to their website where I found an incredible amount of information that immediately helped me and my husband begin to cope and deal with what had happened. There was so much help in the information we read and it gave us hope that we would survive this horrible thing. There was a conference coming up for victims of clergy sexual abuse and my husband and I went. My emotions were still very raw, but I met others who'd been through similar experiences and they'd survived, so I felt hope, and for once, I felt like there were people who really understood what I'd gone through and was still going through. Steve and Samantha were nothing but supportive, helpful and compassionate. My husband also found support in talking with other husbands going through similar experiences.
Until we came across The Hope of Survivors organization, we had no help, no support, no idea that there was anyone else out there that had gone through something like I'd gone through. We had no idea how widespread a problem it is of pastors abusing their power and authority for their own sexual gratification. Through The Hope of Survivors, we found just that....the hope of surviving...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life with the tragedy of pastoral sexual abuse. Until I learned of The Hope of Survivors, I felt all alone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

only make it more widely known and available to more people.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The abuses they deal with are very real & damaging on many levels. Samantha has helped several of my International friends who were dealing with very painful Clergy abuse.
I am so greatful to have this Godly group of helpers to recommend to my friends/acquaintances, to come along side during the most painful time of their lives.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The Hope of Survivors has helped countless people. They provide vital resources through their well-designed website, and give personal care to people who call and write in. The organization is well-run, efficient, transparent, and in perfect line with its mission statement. Staffed largely by volunteers, it exists because of the passion and vision of those involved.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The Hope of Survivors is the only safe place we could turn to, when my wife was exploited by the pastor for his selfish gratification. We were both betrayed by our trusted pastor. Our church was of little help - partly because they too were shocked and confused by the horrific actions of the pastor they have been calling "God's Chosen Man" for years. Our church was ill equipped to deal with this tragedy, or provide any real help to us.

That's why I am so grateful for the Hope of Survivors for providing hope and healing during our darkest times. May God continue to bless you and give you strength to press on.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

This organization is amazing. I am a clergy sexual abuse survivor and was in the midst of a bad flashback when I reached out - knowing I needed additional help. Their response was swift, and personal. It helped immensely in the short-term. They paired me up with a local support person, who is sweet and understanding. It was nice to have another non-judgmental ear.

I had been told prior to contacting THOS that I probably wouldn't resonate with their theology. This turned out to be true. But, I found some of the spiritual advice and resources to be helpful in using my relationship with God to heal from wounds caused by human beings claiming to represent God, and by human beings who couldn't be loving about my clergy abuse trauma because of their own limitations.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Amazing!! Love this organization. Thank you so much for all you do!

 
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