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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Counseling, Family Services, Human Services, Mental Health, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: Empowering Survivors of Abuse and Addiction... Hope Connection is helping people in crisis through the healing process by providing a safe environment for them to connect and share their hurts, find peace, and ultimately be restored as healthy, contributing members of our society. We are reaching out to those affected by abuse and addiction with education, support, services, and resources for healing and healthy transitions for a brighter future.

Results: Many women and some men, young and old, have experienced healing from past abuse--physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, narcissistic-- and have moved forward into healthy, fulfilling relationships. Parents have received guidance for parenting their teenagers while, on the other side of the coin, the teens have a connect group with mentors where they can engage in discussion about issues with which they are struggling. Youth have received mentoring and connection in a healthy, safe environment, learning how to cope with issues of life. People have been helped to move through grief at their own pace, without pressure, but with loving support. Parents and loved ones of those involved in addiction, have grown, supporting each other through the tough process of loving, but not enabling. Art Hangouts, ballet, and hula hooping, along with after-school partnerships, have been a major part of our outreach.

Target demographics: Hope Connection International (HCI) is a multi-faceted recovery and prevention center that connects with non-profits worldwide to empower survivors of abuse and addiction by offering free support groups, classes, and sponsorships with tailored solutions, along with supportive, long-term housing.

Direct beneficiaries per year: children, teens, and adults who had suffered sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse; teens and parents dealing with issues; families with adopted children; children and teens who needed mentoring and positive role models; young adults who were homeless and without direction in their lives

Geographic areas served: Raleigh, NC area empowering survivors of abuse and addiction. Hope Connection is helping people in crisis through the healing process by providing a safe environment for them to connect and share their hurts, find peace, and ultimately be restored as healthy, contributing members of our society. Our positive prevention program can be part of a general continuity of care plan that supplements, rather than replaces, current mental health intervention systems. Hope Connection International (HCI) is a multi-faceted recovery and prevention center that connects with non-profits worldwide to provide support, healing, education, and resources to hurting people, specializing in reaching youths and individuals in crisis.

Programs: **CURRENT SUPPORT GROUPS AND CLASSES -Abuse and Abandonment Recovery (Mending the Soul--English and Spanish) -Teen girls class, Salvaging My Identity -Art, dance, and life skills classes for youth and young adults as part of our prevention program, especially reaching out to those at risk or coming out of foster care, jail, or tough life situations -Classes for parents of teenagers -Teen Connect group -Support groups for adopted teens and parents -Partnership with Youth 4 Hope, part of the Local Hope outreach after-school program offered by Hope Community Church -FREE Counseling available by appointment by volunteer licensed counselors and life coaches -FREE ESL classes offered to the community **Upcoming Classes and Support Groups: -Abuse Awareness classes for the public -Educating teens and young adults about preventing dating violence and avoiding unhealthy relationships **Phase III (vision to start this phase within two years) Bridging the Gap residential community for young men 16-25, especially those who are homeless coming out of the foster care system or jail and need to finish their education, get career counseling and mentoring, and make a new start. In conjunction with this residential center, we also have a goal to provide a two-year transitional housing program for domestic violence victims with children to provide a place of healing, safety, education, and career development that will give them a brighter future.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My participation with the Mending the Soul class changed my life. I am no longer a victim, but a strong, independent woman that can take care of myself and not be co-dependent in an unhealthy relationship. I also learned that forgiveness does not always include reconciliation with an abuser, which was freeing for me. Mending the Soul is a great support group for anyone who has experienced or witnessed any kind of abuse or trauma. This group gave me much-needed support and still gives ongoing support, if needed. Hope Connection is a great place for anyone who needs healing and support after a crisis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has been very helpful to me! I recently transitioned out of a two year residential substance abuse treatment program. They have provided me with all of the support needed to stay on the right track. I am very grateful to this organization for their support and caring hearts!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is awesome. It has been a great support in my life and I look forward to my weekly meetings.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been through abuse and addiction and survived. There were times that I just didn't think I was going to make it. That I didn't want to go on.

I was part of the cycle. And, it started when I was just a kid. Drugs, rape, molestation, being completely controlled by someone I loved -- all of these things should have destroyed me.

I wish I had found these guys when I was deep in it. It would have saved me and my family a lot of heartache -- which I caused.

But now, many years later, my life has a deeper meaning and I am able to live up to a purpose and plan that God has for me. And I get to share my abundance of love and passion with an amazing group of people that can see in my actions that, simply put: You are not alone.

If I won the lottery today, I would pour into these guys. Too bad I don't play the lottery.

I will leave 5 stars when Hope Connection reaches the next phase in their plan :)

Board Member

Rating: 5

Every great charity starts with a vision. Hope Connection has a vision of getting through to individuals and getting to the root of the problems that they face -- not just working on their symptoms, but offering a hope that comes from a deeper, more meaningful place.

The christian-based programs that they run offer not only a psychological point of view to address what's going on, but they also offer a biblical truth -- that those with faith are called to love others and reach out with loving actions - not judgement.

It is an honor to be a part of this group and I look forward to watching them grow into the fullness of their mission. Watching the impact they have is uplifting. They bring a message of hope to the hopeless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Connection International has truly been a Godsend for me. There are so many opportunities to serve and be served here. After going through the "Mending the Soul" class, I have built stronger relationships and have become a stronger person. I love the way they reach out and touch the community with their work.

1 Julie229

Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen HCI in action. Debra's willingness to reach out in the middle of the night or in odd circumstances to bridge the gap of healing for a struggling family is unbelievable. Seeing several testimonials in person from those helped over the years means that this ministry will grow to unreachable limits. From the training provided to the counseling and support, this is a grass roots non-profit that gets my support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does wonderful things and is truly a grassroots organization. It is lead by a caring and loving woman who has a passion for what she does. She feels this ministry in her bones and feels a true call by God to do this. This gives her reserves of energy and sacrifice that are rare in the world today. I came to Hope Connection as a volunteer but ended up benefiting myself when I attended the required classes I needed. I attended the Mending the Soul for adult women class. We met each week for two hours. It was a safe place where we could find hope and healing. I believe in this organization and think it will great things for all who come in the doors.

1 Diane153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE this ministry and what they are doing to serve people in the Raleigh/Cary community. They focus on Crisis Prevention by reaching youth with art, classes, and activities. They also provide After-Care Support by offering support groups for Loved Ones of Addicts, those who have witnessed or experienced abuse, grief, parenting teenagers, teen connection to deal with issues, etc. Their ultimate goal is to have two-year transitional housing programs for young men coming out of foster care or other unhealthy situations and also for victims of domestic violence with children. I have served with many other volunteers and leaders from this ministry through fundraising at Duke football games and it has been a true pleasure getting to know them and seeing their heart for other people. I highly recommend them for funding assistance.

1 Maggie40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Hope Connection I have found it a place where I can use the talents and blessings which God has given me to help and shepherd others who are experiencing obstacles in this life.  Hope Connection meets  all people who enter its doors here they are emotionally and provides a safe and nurturing environment which allows them to grow in all areas of their physical as well as their spiritual growth.
In my opinion, it will change your life...please support Hope Connection!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Connection is an amazing place where folks can go to share their burdens, their pain, their fears and their hopes and dreams. It's a place where caring individuals are there to listen and offer words of encouragement and support. Resources to community support systems are shared. Folks soon begin to realize they are not alone in their situations, there are others going through the same things and fellowship and belonging are offered freely.