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February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

During a short meeting I had with one of the staff, I was happy to discover that Hope Survivors had the solutions to one of the challenges we were facing in our church!~ and the situation has since improved. This is a great organization with more potential than words can describe!

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February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

The Hope of Servivors has been a blessing to thounsands of people in the USA and around the world. They do their job with passion, compasion, and love.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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None

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Sam and Steve's story was similar to our own clergy abuse path, and just that alone was of immeasurable comfort. However, they did much more than that. Sam's wise and timely counsel offered us reassurance during desert times, and tools and language to persevere for justice in our case. This is a serious issue everywhere and in many church denominations and affiliations. Having their expertise available to countless victims/survivors is a true God-send.

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my life.

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

do nothing. It is well done already.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I was so wounded when I first contacted Hope of Survivors. And many places, just talk. Hope was all action. They have never left me.

I am a Survivor. When I feel bad, I go to Hope.

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My heart

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None at all.

February 17, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011
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I am a member of a church in which I wasn't a victim, but I know of two other people that were victims of a pastor's sexual misconduct. When these indiscretions were brought before the church, the church split, with some members following him and actually supporting him. They justified his actions by saying they didn't see him in the act with their own eyes, or that he's just as human as anybody else and makes mistakes---no man is perfect. In 2009, he was accused of raping an 18 year old, but the authorities discovered the act was consensual. His new church ran the young lady out of the church and still supported him. Last year, he and another member explained sexually explicit cell phone pictures. When he was caught, again, the church supported him and ran her away from the church.

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This organization has helped me to understand how "brainwashed" seemingly saved and righteous people can be. It has also allowed me to see how the scriptures can be twisted to support this type of behavior.

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February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Samantha has demonstrated a keen ability to motivate and challenge people to speak out against a unique form of sexual abuse within Christian circles. Hope of Survivors provides excellent resources and support to victims of clergy abuse.

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I have read some of the testimonials of those who have been helped.

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February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I'm a volunteer who's also been a client served by the ministry of The Hope of Survivors.

I discovered The Hope of Survivors through an online search. The support and understanding that I received helped me to know that I wasn't alone; that there were others who'd suffered through the
same type of circumstances as myself.

I consider it a true privilege to work with this ministry. I'll never forget how desperate, shame-filled, and alone I once was, and how difficult it was to explain my troubles to the people around me.

With the prevalence of pastoral sexual abuse in Churches today, we need to educate our religious communities about the damage to wounded souls involved in this type of abuse. Bringing these issues out of the darkness and into the light is a big step toward both healing and prevention.

Thank you for your years of hard work in this area, THOS!

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Yes!

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

However possible, expand their resources (time, finances, personnel) to spread THOS message of hope and healing through Jesus Christ.

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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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011

I'm a riotous supporter of The Hope of Survivors. Why? Because I believe in small, sacrificial, professionally-run, non-pretentious ministries that are long on substance and short on hype. THOS fills an important niche (which is more like a gaping wound in the body of Christ). They've been frontline helpers for countless victims and nemeses to many perpetrators. Besides the work of educating the public about clergy sexual misconduct--a topic that, however well they speak on it, many avoid--they command a team of volunteers, some of whom are survivors they helped once upon a time. Given their complete lack of personal benefit from the organization, their motive can only be pure compassion.

The Great!

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having them speak at my local church on the subject of clergy sexual misconduct. I've also worked side by side with them at conferences and conventions. They're the real deal.

Ways to make it better...

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

have people donate more so they could get paid.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

I'm a riotous supporter of The Hope of Survivors. Why? Because I believe in small, sacrificial, professionally-run, non-pretentious ministries that are long on substance and short on hype. THOS fills an important niche (which is more like a gaping wound in the body of Christ). They've been frontline helpers for countless victims and nemeses to many perpetrators. Besides the work of educating the public about clergy sexual misconduct--a topic that, however well they speak on it, many avoid--they command a team of volunteers, some of whom are survivors they helped once upon a time. Given their complete lack of personal benefit from the organization, their motive can only be pure compassion.

The Great!

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

having them speak at my local church on the subject of clergy sexual misconduct. I've also worked side by side with them at conferences and conventions. They're the real deal.

Ways to make it better...

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

have people donate more so they could get paid.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

The Hope of Survivors saved my life! During a frantic internet search for help concering the pain I was suffering while being abused by my 'pastor' - I came across THOS website. After thoroughly reasearching the information offered, I came to understand and accept the fact that I was in an abusive situation. I reached out for help, and was immediately contacted by Steve and Samantha Nelson. They offered to me their sincere love, support, and understanding of the abusive situation I had been suffering with for years. Through counsel, and the information offered at THOS, I was able to recover mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually from the from the damage caused by pastoral abuse and am now helping others do the same. THOS plays a vital role in the recovery process of pastoral abuse victims!

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THOS offered counseling and important information to assist in my recover of pastoral abuse.

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

No changes. THOS needs more publicity so victims of pastoral misconduct can know there is help available to them!

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