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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

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Like many people who contact the Hope of Survivors, I too was a victim of spiritual abuse and clergy sexual abuse. When the abuse was first discovered, I was blamed for seducing the pastor into having an affair. I was so confused because I had gone to him for counseling, not an affair. I felt like the church had set me up to fail and offered no support for someone in my situation. Even worse, I began doubting myself, feeling like I was losing my sense of reality and feeling like God was angry with me. Thank goodness there is a resource out there that can explain clergy sexual abuse so effectively and help victims heal from this type of trauma. I have personally contacted a representative from the Hope of Survivors, and she was so supportive in a beautiful, non-judgemental way! If it wasn't for this organization, I don't know what I would have done. The Hope of Survivors is a much-needed outreach for those who have been hurt by the church and who need to know there is a compassionate God who is for them!

3

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

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