Hope of Survivors

Rating: 4.91 stars   134 reviews


843 Broadway Sonoma CA 95476 USA


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.


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:



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  

6 people found this review helpful

I am a former board member, a pastor closely associated with the Nelsons, and a supporter of "Hope of Survivors." I have watched this ministry from its infancy and am so pleased to see it grow to an international resource for clergy and parishioners alike. Steve and Samantha have worked so hard, without any personal benefit other than restoring broken lives. Born out of their own pain and struggles this has become a truly healing ministry.

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

Just let God continue to develop what He has begun.

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As a pastor for over 37 years I have seen more times than I want to recall the tragedy of clergy abuse. I have also known Steve and Samantha for several years and am well aware of the countless lives they have touched with this ministry. As they serve from experience they also serve with tremendous skill, sensitivity, and professionalism. Too many churches and organizations are reluctant to address this problem and as a result many lives have been severely damaged. Hope of /Survivors can not only help victims, but can also effectively help pastors and church administrators avoid the problem before it starts. THOS is a powerful tool across denominational lines.

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

I spent a significant amount of time working with Steve and Samantha when they were going through their own crisis and have watched them develop this amazing ministry from the ground up. I served on their board for a few years and now am blessed to hear testimonies of those they have ministered to.

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

Not aware of organizational changes needed.

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