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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1 person found this review helpful

I admire the work that Hope of Survivors is doing--abused women need this kind of support group. I know support groups helped my mom, who was in a similar situation.
This organization adresses an issue that is rarely looked at by the majority of church goers. It provides a healing environment for women to recover what has been lost (or taken) from their lives. All in all, I'd say that this organization is one of the most caring organizations I've come across. I want to volunteer with them.

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Talking with my sabbath school about the issues presented on the Hope of Survivors website.

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Get the word out! This organization needs more literature--maybe even t-shirts or stickers so we can show support.

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Several years ago we became acquainted with the ministry of Hope of Survivors and were impressed with Samantha and Steve's love and understanding extended to hurting women. Their desire to reach out and give HOPE by pointing the wounded to Jesus has been just the encouragement that was so desperately needed . May God continue to bless them in their ministry.

Dona Mae

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization by observing their work with the public at seminars where we were both exhibitors.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would like to be able to donate to help enlarge their ability to help more troubled women. It is too bad that the double standard of purity for men and women, extend so freely into our churches.

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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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2 people found this review helpful

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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3 people found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

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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3 people found this review helpful

The need for reform in the clergy abuse field is shown in the fact that The Hope of Suvivors has gone international in such a short time. We have all known for a long time that an intervention to help these victims move on with their lives is so important. THOS helps the victims regain their self respect and their lives. Hopefully I will never need their services....but, for those that need to obtain council for clergy abuse, we can only pray they find THOS. Finding them will be helped by grants and donations that allow them to send out information and for seminars.....this is a chairity that helps abused victims everyday.
Freda

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I have not personally experienced the results of this organization. But, I can see the need.....it is in the news everyday. And they talk about revenge....THOS talks about healing.

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They need to find a steady means of support. The income is so scattered, the founders are always taking money out of pocket to help the charity along.

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Samantha and Steve were there for my fiance' and his family when he couldn't find anyone else to understand the devastation and resulting destruction of his family unit following the manipulation, grooming and betrayal of their trusted pastor. Samantha's emails enlightened him and enabled him to see that he wasn't alone in the despair that he felt. Steve counseled him and got him to understand the importance of forgiveness. The Hope of Survivors came to be at the same time my fiance' was looking for someone to help him through his crisis. Was it divine intervention? We think so!

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I was there through the whole process and communicated with Samantha by email. She always responded with encouragement and understanding.

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I think the organization is doing a fantastic job. I wouldn't change a thing, except shower them with the funds that they need to expand their ministry.

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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