Kristin Brooks Hope Center

Rating: 4.92 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Philanthropy

Location: 1250 24th St NW Suite 300 Washington DC 20037 USA

Mission: The Kristin Brooks Hope Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and healing: by providing a single point of entry to community-based crisis services through innovative telephony and internet based technologies; by bringing national attention and access to services for post partum depression and other womens mood disorders; through education and advocacy; through formal research and evaluation of crisis line services; and, by championing the need for national funding for community-based suicide prevention crisis services.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,025 teens considering suicide, 1,8769 mothers suffering from post-partum depression, 695 Veterans actively seeking to end their lives due to PTSD, 9,876 people considering suicide who reached out to us online seeking help
Geographic areas served: US, Canada, Mexico
Programs: National Hopeline Network 1-800-442-HOPE - free and confidential suicide crisis hotline Youth America Hotline-1-877-YOUTHLINE - teens needing teen peer counselors IMALIVE.org, the world's first virtual crisis center providing crisis intervention via chat PPD-MOMS- peer counseling for post partum depressed moms linking them to peer counselors. Preventing Suicide the National Journal- monthly publication updating the suicide prevention community about what is going on

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've spent over 300 hours volunteering with IMAlive now, and it has always been an incredible (and sometimes tough!) experience. The supervisors are always supportive and there to step in if needed, but also make sure to invest in your skills so that your own confidence and ability to help others grows. I love the virtual crisis center model, it has made it so that I can continue to keep volunteering and helping others, even after moving across the country.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering with IMAlive has been very enriching and rewarding. I've learnt a great deal about crisis intervention and listening skills from my supervisors, who have been very generous with their time and feedback. There's always a supervisor on call, which means volunteers never have to feel alone or overwhelmed since help is just an IM away. Plus, the great thing about IMAlive is that the hours and location are flexible, due to its online medium. Thus, my ability to commit and sign up for shifts on a regular basis is enhanced. All in all, I am grateful towards my knowledgeable supervisors and to IMAlive in general for enabling me to help others.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was in university, the girls on my floor helped to make a booth about Suicide Prevention at our school freshman year. Through that experience, we learned about the Kristin Brooks Hope Center and recommended it to people who might be suffering. Working now as a volunteer is a really interesting perspective. It's shown me what it really is to be an active listener and is teaching me a lot about how to treat other people (something I thought I'd already figured out!). I only have about 50 hours so far, but I have no intention of stopping. There's just so much more to learn!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering with IMAlive has been a humbling experience. It is a community of support and I am grateful to be a part of it. (And the supervisors I get to interact with are incredibly knowledgeable!)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer of IMAlive, I absolutely love listening to other people in need. I just started volunteering this past March and I am already past 100 community service hours. It's been extremely rewarding. You would think that the only person getting something out of the chat is the person in crisis, but as the volunteer, I've learned a lot about myself. The people I talk to reassure me that everyone feels the same emotions. I just love knowing that I've helped someone change heir life. I've gotten feedback from the people I've helped days later, saying how they're doing much better and how they're so happy they found me. A few weeks ago after ending a chat, the person in crisis told me that she had been in contact with 3 different crisis hotlines that day and that I, by far, was the best. That completely makes my day! I love IMAlive.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I just hit 100 volunteer hours recently. It has been a great experience working with IMAlive. I've learned how to really listen to someone and read between the lines to see the feelings they are having. The supervisors are really positive and friendly and are there to help you get through a difficult call or help put something into the right words.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began with IMAlive in 2011 and nothing can be more rewarding than helping people in crisis. Hearing their words and helping them find options by being that ear they needed. Plus I am able to train and volunteer from home at the hours that work best for me. Learning with each chat that is taken makes volunteering so rewarding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with IMALIVE just this year, and the experience has far exceeded my expectations.

Nothing is more rewarding than helping someone find their way.

The training and staff are both very hands on (as it needs to be!), and I couldn't ask for a better or more supportive team to be working with.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with ImAlive in 2011 and I have been loving it ever since. I wasn't sure what I was getting into, talking to people in crisis? Would I be able to help?!
The answer is yes! I can help and so can so many other people.
Its rare that an organization makes you feel so empowered, so knowledgeable and so supported and ImAlive does that everyday! I love my time volunteering. I love the team, I love the support and I love the fact that I can feel like I am making a real difference in people's lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with IMAlive since 2012. This is a great organization dedicated to helping those in crisis who feel they have nowhere else to turn. The supervisors provide thorough training in the fundamentals of crisis intervention, and volunteers are certified before they start interacting with users of the site. My time working with this organization has been very fulfilling.

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