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June 25, 2011

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June 25, 2011

My only sibling and beautiful sister died from depression by suicide two and a half months ago. I could not begin to tell you what that did to me. It is literally the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. As I began to try and seek help in just getting by minute by minute. I remember reading a book by Elizabeth Edwards a couple of years ago. She talked about the death of her oldest child in a car accident and how she was able to go on. She stumbled into cyber space and found a place where other parents would share what they had survived this horrible experience. She said that it helped her more than anything because the people knew exactly what she was going through. Well I knew only someone who has lost a loved one to suicide could relate to what I was experiencing. I looked for two weeks before I settled on The Alliance of Hope. It has been a wonderful tool in helping me get through the day. I have met many people who have helped me so much and I hope I have been able to help them as well. I look forward to checking to hear from my friends everyday. It is a place none of us should ever have to go but we have and it gives me great comfort.

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

my everyday life. It just helps to talk to other people who know the pain you are feeling.

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

None.

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June 25, 2011

i lost my husband in october and found this group. It saved my life. I also met some great people who have now been my real close friends. The support at this forum was just wonderful. I especially needed this around the holidays and they gave such wonderful support. I still need this group and am so thankful for the people who put this together.

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

i am now doing a lot better when it first happened. I am going on 9 months and can function better. I do have my bad times of course but I always have the support of these wonderful people.

Ways to make it better...

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

i would like phone calls one on one. I would also like to be notified of new topics.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

google search

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

not sure

What is its top priority in the long run?

not sure what you mean

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 25, 2011

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June 25, 2011

I live in a small rural community, and when my beloved died by suicide in 2008 I was left alone, traumatized, needing to grieve, and without any support, or understanding of suicide. Suicide is a manner of death that leaves survivors with a grief that no one else can fathom unless they too have been deeply affected by someones suicide.

It is difficult to adequately say how much the Alliance of Hope has helped me. I knew I needed help and within minutes of finding their web page I knew that there was some hope that the crushing burden I dealt with every moment may be survivable. There was information that explained, reassured, comforted, supported. All without blame or judgment. There was the opportunity to connect with others, and to not be so totally alone. It takes a community to raise a child, and it also takes a community to help one face adversity successfully. I had found the community that was going to help me cope, and then begin to heal. Soon, I will have traveled this painful journey three years and The Alliance of Hope is still vital to my well being.

I just realized how well named it is. It truly is an Alliance of Hope for people faced with their lives shattered and the future appearing totally
hopeless.

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

I have always been impressed with the professionalism of this organization. The information on the web pages comes from wide and varied sources of professional and personal knowledge aimed at dispelling the myths and stigma that surround suicide. The community forum is well organized, easily accessible and professionally monitored with empathy and wisdom.

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

The only change I would hope for The Alliance of Hope is secure, dependable and adequate funding for the work the organizers and volunteers would like to do! The deserve it.

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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

How did you find this group?

I found The Alliance of Hope through and online search for information and understanding of suicide and grief.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 25, 2011

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June 25, 2011

On April 12, 2009, I arrived at my best friend's apartment to discover she had taken her life with an overdose of muscle relaxants. I started searching the Internet for sites that offered support to suicide survivors and immediately found the Alliance of Hope Forum. More than any other similar site, they encouraged me and supported me. I was especially pleased by the positive focus--the assurance that I *would* survive this horrible experience. As I grieved, individual members including the director of the organization sent me private messages of hope and strength. The Alliance was there 24/7, and helped me through the worst of my shock and grief. When a volunteer opportunity came up, I was thrilled to accept.

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

The Alliance of Hope has helped me turn my pain into positive action to help other survivors. I've also seen other members come to the forum, stunned and shaken, only to become a powerful voice of support to other survivors. This organization transforms helplessness into strength, and it is a beautiful thing to see.

Ways to make it better...

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

The organization as it works now is great, but I would love to be able to expand its services...maybe offer more telephone conferences to those who are more comfortable talking than writing. I would also like to see a monthly newsletter go out to every member that wants it.

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I honestly can't think of any changes. Volunteers are openly supported and appreciated, and we are encouraged to take time off to deal with our own issues as needed. It's very rare to work in any capacity for an organization that always tells its members, "Life comes first."

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It made me feel that I could transform my friend's suicide into something healing and even meaningful. It taught me that her death didn't have to be in vain.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel less like a victim and more like a survivor who might actually have something to offer others who were hurting. I've also learned so much about suicide and the grieving process.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 25, 2011

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June 25, 2011

My sister took her life in August, 2009, nobody knew what to say to me - when I returned home, I stumbled upon Alliance of Hope through searching the internet and I do believe I was guided here. For many months I would log on to either just dump out my feelings of loss, or just to read. The commonality here brought us together. All different backgrounds, and circumstances, yet we were all in this little suicide world together. It helped me beyond what a therapist had tried to do for me. The moderators on the site were always, always there to reply if someone sounded like they had lost hope. We are a group of people in this world thrown together by suicide, and never chose to be here, yet Alliance of Hope helped me realize that, in time, things will start to get back to a semblance of order. They were and probably will be at times, still where I go for my solace.

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

the kindness and a kindred nature of the reason we were all online pouring out our hearts over a loved one taking their life.

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

not make one change, other than to hope it can continue to exist.

June 25, 2011

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June 25, 2011

Recovering from suicide loss is an extremely difficult task. This website, poignantly titled Alliance for Hope, has helped me tremendously. It has been wonderful to learn from the experiences of others and share my own experiences too.

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

Recovering from suicide loss

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

No changes need to be made!

June 24, 2011

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June 24, 2011

Though no one wants to ever find themselves in a world of loss due to suicide, this forum has proven to be a haven for me and I am glad that I found it. After losing my partner during my pregnancy, the old addage that I wasn't the first one in my shoes meant little to me. However, on the forum, I found that I was NOT the first or only person to suffer such a loss at such a significant time in my life. I found support and more importantly, I found that I was able to give support and encouragement. Here, I am not some anomaly. I am one of thousands who know the pain, devastation and ability to survive such horror first hand. I found that I am not alone in suffering such, nor am I alone in rising above the ruins of the life I once had. The different topics presented on the forum allow me to address numerous aspects of what life becomes after losing someone to suicide. There is even a place where we can list personal accomplishments in spite of the difficulty to move forward. The Alliance has been a blessing to me and the family my love one left behind.

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

Not being judgemental or pushy. You can have a really rough day and post how unfair it all is without feeling ashamed. You can share to your hearts content about the upset to your life without having anyone tell you to "just get over it." Here, you have a voice and people listen. The moderators care and will even send private messages to let you know you are not alone in your struggle. The organization is also creative in that they present a broad scope of topics to give you a place to talk about anything.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make them more visible off-line, as in having brochures at counselors offices and the such. Beyond that, I would not change anything.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Online engine search for anything dealing with suicide and those who survive it (as in those who unsuccessfully attempt suicide) and when it came up, I found that surviving suicide could mean several things. It was then that I found myself among thousands who had the same questions, concerns and coping issues that I did. It was then that I realized I had to survive and could survive the devastation that tore my world apart.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 24, 2011

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June 24, 2011

when i lost my brother i wish i could have known that there was a website out there for me to understand how i felt. I was young when my older brother passed. Years later i found this site and i am grateful for how much support i get from other survivors . If im having problems coping they are always there to support me and i'am very thankful for the time and effort they spend to help others.

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

in coping with loosing loved ones

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

i would no make any changes i think it is fine the way it is.

June 24, 2011

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June 24, 2011

After loosing my sister I was desperate for someone to help and understand me. I found this group through a search and have just found it so helpful. I don't feel any better but there are people who listen and just know what I am going through.

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

just been able to talk

Ways to make it better...

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

just keep it going

June 24, 2011
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June 24, 2011
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I joined this wonderful community within a few months of its creation, searching at the time for a way to bring some sort of meaning to the loss of my son. I found that meaning by working with Ronnie, helping her to bring this vision to fruition - a vision that became so much bigger than we ever imagined. I feel so very blessed to have formed the life-long friendships that have become so important in my life, to have found a way to help others who are just beginning this journey to surviving a loss that those who have not traveled just cannot comprehend, and to keep my son alive in my heart and in the hearts of others who never met him in life, but know him so very well now...

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

I have formed friendships that will last forever, become more active in reacing out to survivors in my own community by helping to create SOS groups that meet in person, and feel a real sense of accomplishment for the work that has been done.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to bring more funding in to help with the many new and improved programs that we would like to implement in the future.

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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?

2011

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