Journey of Hope Grief Support Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing group grief support to children, adolescents, and their parents or adult caregivers who have lost a loved one to death.

Journey of Hope offers these services in a warm, caring, and nurturing environment where the feelings of grief, pain, and loss may be expressed. Trained volunteer group facilitators lead participants in their personal journey toward healing and healthy reconciliation of their grief. Presently, our program is the only open-ended one that focuses on the needs of children and their families. Those we serve determine when to begin and how long to attend Journey of Hope.

Our Story

our-storyIn late 1996, searching for a way to help children deal with death, Hila Pepmiller and Judy Sims, school counselors in the Plano Independent School District (Plano ISD), attended a presentation by the WARM Place in Fort Worth. What they saw convinced them that a facility was needed to serve families in the Dallas and Collin county area. Within months they were joined by five others: Sandra Aikins, Plano ISD Director of Counseling: Gaye Ratcliff, a Plano Senior High teacher: Vanessa Moore-Hundley, school counselor: Mark Hundley, whose first wife had died in 1989: and Ginny Robinson, R.N. in charge of Healing Matters Support Group at Medical Center of Plano. Through their efforts, the organization was granted a 501(c) (3) tax exemption status by the IRS in June of 1997.

By the fall of 1995, the Christian Living Sunday School class at St. Andrew United Methodist Church added their support and financial backing. This was followed by grants from the Junior League of Plano and Junior League of Richardson, NationsBank and various other individuals and organizations of the community. On June 9, 1998, Journey of Hope opened its doors to its first no-fee support group for children and their families experiencing grief from death. Journey of Hope relies on the support of community donations and grants to continue its mission.

Our Mission

The mission of Journey of Hope Grief Support Center is to provide support at no cost for children, teens, young adults and their families as they learn to mourn the death or impending death of their loved one in a safe, caring and nurturing environment.


Our Board Members and staff are dedicated to the mission of Journey of Hope Grief Support Center.


JoAnn Brooks, President
Russ Aikins, 1st Vice President
Gordon Garst, 2nd Vice President
Kathy Schell, Secretary


Lara Korba, Executive Director
Kerri Newman, Program Director
Administrative Assistant


Charlotte Admire
Jama Ball, Journey of Hope Family Fun Walk Co-Chair
Art Bean
Glenna Blackstone, Golf Chair
Luke Guidroz
Gina Hadly
Gerry Haggard
Maria Moffatt
Anne Murray
Bob Norris
Lucy Selby
Angel Standish
Janice Watson
Linda Jung Wong, Breakfast with Easter Bunny Co-Chair


All of our services are focused on the welfare of grieving children. We serve the children and their families through no-cost assessments, grief peer support sessions, implementation of effective curriculum, providing needed referrals, community events, and family special events.

Frequently Asked Questions


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Community Resources
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Family Gatherings
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Ways to Support Journey of Hope

Make a one-time or recurring donation

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Become a Volunteer

Do you like helping people? Maybe it’s a program you want to get involved in or a special event you would like to organize. Perhaps you only have a couple hours a month or diving in a couple times a year is more your style. Here, you are welcome to join our team where you can work as a volunteer who makes a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

Journey of Hope is a nonprofit organization. Your generosity provides the knowledge, labor, funds, and materials to serve the community. This is work of the heart! 


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 Bring your family and join us!

 Saturday, April 8, 2017

9AM to 11AM
The Westin Stonebriar
1549 Legacy Drive
Frisco, TX  75034

This fun family event includes:

Delicious Breakfast Buffet

**Live Bunnies**

Crafts and Activities for Kids

Egg Hunts

Silent Auction and Raffle

Goodie bag for each child

Special appearance by the Easter Bunny!

General Admission – Child $30 and Adult $40

To register, please click here

To sponsor a table, please click here

To sponsor or underwrite the event, please click here

 Can’t attend?  Please Donate to Journey of Hope Grief Support Center, Inc.

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is dedicated to Dorothy Barnett Griffin.  Dorothy was our dear friend, an ardent Journey Of Hope advocate and supporter, and one of the founders of this wonderful family event. We miss her smile, her loving spirit, her ‘we can’ attitude, and the laughter she injected into those late night planning meetings when work was tedious and seemed endless.  She continues to be our inspiration for serving our mission and making BWEB the best ever family fun fundraiser for Journey of Hope. Come join us!
All proceeds benefit Journey of Hope Grief Support Center, the only agency in our area that provides grief support at no cost for children, teens, young adults and their families as they learn to mourn the death or impending death of their loved one in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment.
Journey of Hope is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization
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“Where Children’s Hearts Begin to Heal”
3900 West 15th Street, Suite 306. Plano, TX  75075
(972) 964-1600




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