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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

3 Jennifer527

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Hope of Survivors has helped countless people. They provide vital resources through their well-designed website, and give personal care to people who call and write in. The organization is well-run, efficient, transparent, and in perfect line with its mission statement. Staffed largely by volunteers, it exists because of the passion and vision of those involved.

7 Robert Peck

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Steve and Samantha reach out to help victims of clergy sexual abuse through their organization The Hope of Survivors. They are a loving, caring couple who were victims of clergy abuse and have dedicated their ministry to assisting other victims in recovery from clergy abuse. They are professional in their presentations and can be very helpful to congregations to be proactive against clergy abuse as well as helping victims.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Iowa-Missouri Conference is pleased to have The Hope of Survivors ministry located within our conference territory. Steve and Samantha are an exceptional ministerial couple that have been a blessing to the members and pastoral families within our conference. Their ministry is timely and life changing especially for those who have been victims of pastoral abuse. The quality of training and education they deliver is such that they are in demand as speakers nationally and internationally. Join me in praying for God's continued blessing upon their unique ministry.

4

Board Member

Rating: 4

Actually I am no longer a board member but because of time, not interest. Since I have resigned I have been so pleased with the interaction with Hope of Survivors and the continued outreach and programs THOS has been making. I am firmly a supporter both with prayers and funds. I pray that many may continue to be blessed.

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4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Steve and Samantha and so appreciate their professionalism and their willingness to think above and beyond so that they can help the greatest number of peple. They are trying so hard to raise money so that they can get the message of help and healing out to more people. As a former board member, I have seen them working with individual victims to help them find peace and wholeness. It has not always been easy, but they have persisted; I appreciate that they seek advice as well. It is my prayer that they will be able to continue in a unique ministry!

In my professonal work I have also been able to use some of their resources, and that has been helpful.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed in this past year at the professionalism displayed by Samantha and Steve Nelson as they have led The Hope of Survivors. I have noted Samantha's care and her going the second mile to help a victim and to reach out for solutions and to help for those who need it, as well as seeing that perpetrators are dealt with in such a way that they will not be able to continue harming others. I just wish the word would get out more widely that this help is available.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization helps so many in such a positive way, who have been victims of abuse and unproffessional conduct. They bring a positive spirit to those they help and the results and gratifying.

Review from Guidestar