Hope of Survivors

Rating: 4.91 stars   116 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Human Services

Location: 607 Jefferson Street Bedford IA 50833 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  

2 people found this review helpful

The Hope of Survivors is what many consider a Dove ministry. Most recovery ministries will usually fall into three categories. First there is the Lion recovery group where the ministers trying to help actually end up roaring accusation at all who are involved. They swing wide the church doors to show the sin of the clergy or the weakness of the wounded to all who will listen. With their lion-like jaws and claws of so-called justice, they rip everyone and everything to shreds.

Second is the Ostrich ministry group, which works in the absence of the light of truth or even finding out the truth. They have only one objective; they try to keep everything quiet. The let’s don’t rock the boat crew. This group is the one that will do all to protect the offender but very little for the offended, not realizing that burying their heads in the sand will not cover up sin.

The third group is the Hope of Survivors. The Hope of Survivors is a Spirit led Dove Ministry, one willing to pour in the oil and the wine. They get the facts and make sure the facts are real. Then they confront all parties without ripping and tearing like a lion or trying to appease those in authority. For the sake of the survivor, they refuse to bury their heads in the sand like an ostrich and pretend it did not happen.

A survivor is someone who has endured with power. The Hope of Survivors is a Dove ministry that gives the mistreated and wounded that power from on high.
Pastor Hal Steenson
West Frankfort, IL.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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5 people found this review helpful

I work in mental health. I was not a victim of clergy abuse, but my dad abused me sexually. I am Samantha's mother and I am so very proud of the work she and Steve are doing. Please don't discount my review just because I'm related to Samantha and Steve. I truly believe they are doing great work!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I first became aware of THOS through their website and, soon after, they happened to run some workshops and training for Church pastors and leaders near where I live in Australia. As a social worker, investigator and educator who has worked in this field I must say I was impressed with the depth, balance, and practical approach of the training. It was clearly evident that the pastors and leaders from many denominational groups found the training by THOS most helpful indeed. I totally recommend their training programs and the approach taken by THOS.

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I have no hesitation in recommending THOS and their website to clients I work with and the feedback from clients has been very positive about what THOS has openned up for them.

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I would like to see this organisation grow in reaching more survivors and having a stronger voice 'politically' to organized 'religion' in calling for reform and the mandating of clergy training and complaint response procedures.

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5 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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Life-changing

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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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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.

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Not aware of organizational changes needed.

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3 people found this review helpful

I have attended many conventions in which The Hope of Survivors have set their booth up, it is amazing how many hurting people out there who have experienced some type of private abuse issue in the past and have no one to share with. THOS turns nobody away. It is a powerful ministry.

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