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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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The ministry of THOS has been invaluable to me and my family. I became aware of them through the internet. I continue to share with others about the ministry they do and the hearts they are healing.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Hope For Survivors at a world convention i was exhibiting across from them Samantha told me all about their work. This is a much needed work. There are so many hurting helpless women that need the help that HFS offers. to bring the healing that they need. To help them begin again in their lives.

Review from Guidestar

1 Tirza R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar