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Review for Hope of Survivors, Sonoma, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

THOS, Samantha Nelson and one of their volunteers/pastors have provided essential support to me and my husband in our recovery from clergy sexual abuse. I first contacted THOS in April of 2010, while seeking support for the devastation that my husband and I were facing.

The aftermath of our experience probably marked the darkest periods of our lives, having been betrayed by a spiritual leader toward whom we we had both given our total trust and devotion. Samantha immediately responded to my desperation and grief with the sensitivity, care and respect of a loving mother to her child. She was also able to provide guidance coming from direct experience, having been a survivor of clergy abuse herself, as well as wisdom born from her deep faith and commitment to her own spiritual growth.

One of their volunteer pastors who was assigned to me as a counselor was just as amazing, kind and skillful in his guidance. An experienced and learned, deeply spiritual, wise and compassionate man, he was able to provide clear insight and guidance to my husband and I. It is obvious that THOS only seeks volunteers and personnel of great integrity, faith and compassion.

Since that day in April of 2010, Samantha has remained a steady support to my husband and I, from our most painful days to the present in our continuing recovery and healing. I have become much stronger, but it wouldn't have been possible without THOS's dedicated help.

I feel as though we have made friends for life in THOS and their loving stewards.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...spiritual, psychological and emotional healing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...clone Samantha and Steve Nelson, Martin Weber and other volunteers like him. I'd also provide much needed financial support to expand personnel and outreach services. Samantha works far too many days and hours. Additional personnel and funding will better help THOS to thrive. I have not met with another more organized, dedicated, professional and brave organization, providing clergy abuse support to all parties involved, and THOS's educational and support services are so critical to people's lives.

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Google search

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Profound change, on all levels

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Role:  Client Served & I received counseling services, informational booklets and an educational video, all at no cost to us.