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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health

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.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hope of Survivors is not just an organisation. They are real people making a real difference in real peoples lives. They have helped me immensely through difficult times of abuse AND by pointing me to Jesus and showing me what a true relationship with him looks like. To God be the glory for the great things they are doing in so many lives!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The abuses they deal with are very real & damaging on many levels. Samantha has helped several of my International friends who were dealing with very painful Clergy abuse.
I am so greatful to have this Godly group of helpers to recommend to my friends/acquaintances, to come along side during the most painful time of their lives.

4 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope of Survivors was a much needed resource to help me through the darkest days I had ever experienced at the hands of my pastors and the church leadership team. There are many resources for predator pastors but very little for the victims they have spiritually, emotionally and sexually perpetrated on. It was good to find the support that I needed when I really needed it. THOS has given me the courage to stand up, educate and fight for truth on this subject right where I am. Thank you so much!!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank-you so much for your help and support to our family thus far, we really appreciate your very quick response to our email thanks so much. May God bless this ministry in a might way.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate "Hope for Survivors" for covering a special territory that has to do with human dignity. Setting no geographical, social, cultural or denominational limits, makes this ministry even more powerful. The healing process in the life of those who experienced abuses from the spiritual leaders, is not an easy one and ministries like "Hope of Survivors"are needed to bring hope in the life of the victims. Please, continue to ministry for those in need.

Previous Stories
4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was good to have available professional help with the situations people face when they become victims of the clergy sexual or emotional abuse.
I know few people that were glad to find Hope of Survivors organization and to receive the appropriate help for their specifically needs. Unfortunately there are not many organization offering a trusting and holistic type of help like Hope of Survivors does. I hope that others will copy their example.

Review from Guidestar

3 Diane36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Nelsons show great compassion for everyone they meet though this ministry. They truly care for each individual. Keep up the good work.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found The Hope of Survivors website after searching the net, I thought I was in the wrong but THOS showed me that I was a victim and that I wasn't alone and that with help and support I could be healed of the suffering. THOS is there to support, encourage and help people to heal and provides such a wonder service. You just have to read the victims stories on their website to be encouraged and see that you are not alone. THOS is showing the world was is happening and showing the way to help deal with the issue, it's not afraid to stand up and be counted and offer help and support to people who have been abused, people who are shunned by churches and families who don't understand or don't want to deal with such issues. It provides a service that is very much needed and very much wanted by the people who use the service and have been healed and are being healed. It’s a blessing to have such a service and to have such commitment from its founders and all its staff volunteers.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I never thought that I would be an victim of abuse. I heard one person from the organisation at GC 2010 in Atlanta, GA. Its sad that things like this happen but, it does, even in our church. I didn't realise I had a problem till I began learning to drive. It couldn't understand why I had no confidence in myself. Someone said to me to forget whatever day you've had and enjoy the drive. I love driving now! I wish I got that kind of encouragement and involvement from others years ago. One person told me "It shouldn't take more than a 20 one-hour lessons." They were no help. Its affected everything from work to church, how I relate to my friends & family.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope for Survivors has helped me tremendously. I experienced Sexual abuse from my pastor at 20 years old while living with him and his family. It was such a tramatic experience and I almost lost my sanity!!! I did everything that I could to reject his advances but nothing worked. Satan used him and he twisted scriptures, lied, and used manipulation to keep his control over me so that I wouldnt tell anyone about my situation. God delivered me when another girl spoke up and after that about 8 other woman came forward with the same story. But I thank God for the Hope of Survivors because I was so ashamed of my situation that I held this secret in for 7 years and it was eating me up inside. Because of them I am now going through my healing process

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Hope of Survivors while searching for healing sites for victims of abuse.

I found their information to be extremely helpful as it shines a light on a very delicate and touchy topic, (pastoral abuse and abuse in the church) that in my opinion needs to broadcast on every highway bulletin.

What I found interesting is an opportunity for pastors, ministers, leaders to receive help, counseling and support as well as victims that have experienced abuse from pastoral or ministerial leadership.

When dealing with domestic violence both the abuser and the abusee, they both need help, support and counseling in safe environment where they will not be ostracized, criticized or rejected.

Hope For Survivors is a dynamic ministry that is treating those seeking help, with dignity, honor, love and respect and I applaud them for the work that they are doing!

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have only been acquainted with this NPO for about a year now. I recently saw a dvd on their story. I have been introduced to the horrid fact of life that this is a very needed help!!! In this day and time, events that should not be are happening daily. People need healing and help in their time of great need! This organiztion recognizes that need and reaches out with loving, helping hands to do all they can for those around them. I am so glad they do what they do. Be a part of someones healing. Be a hope to those survivors!

Review from Guidestar