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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.

Team

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jo Ann Brooks, President
David Ayres, 1st Vice President/Board Development Chair
Bob Norris, 2nd Vice President
Angel Standish, Treasurer
Kathy Schell, Secretary

JOURNEY OF HOPE STAFF

Executive Director
Kerri Newman, Program Director
Lateefah Shaheed, Administrative Assistant

MEMBERS AT LARGE

Jama Ball, Journey of Hope Family Fun Walk Co-Chair
Glenna Blackstone, Golf Chair
Anne Blanton
Gordon Garst
Luke Guidroz
Gerry Haggard
Maria Moffatt
Lucy Selby
Linda Jung Wong, Breakfast with Easter Bunny Co-Chair
Janice Watson
Sarah Wiseman, Journey of Hope Family Fun Walk Co-Chair

Services

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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GET INVOLVED

Ways to Support Journey of Hope

Make a one-time or recurring donation

See Our Wish List

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! 

Events

NTGD 2016

Support Journey of Hope
Thursday, September 22, from 6 am Central to Midnight

North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) is an online giving event for people across the nation (and the world!) to come together to raise as much money as possible for North Texas nonprofits, such as Journey of Hope, on one day.

Most monetary giving will take place via the NTGD website. Visit our NTGD profile page HERE on September 22 to donate online to Journey of Hope. Additionally, there will be regional events with donation stations all across North Texas on September 22.

Those in Collin County can look for the Journey of Hope booth/tent at the Collin County Giving Day Community Fair in historic downtown McKinney at Mitchell Park from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Those in the Denton area can find Journey of Hope at the Giving Day Denton event on the Denton Square from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Visit either location to learn more about our program services, volunteer opportunities, and ways to donate. We hope to see you there!

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Step Out for Grieving Children!

The Journey of Hope Family Fun Walk raises funds to advance our mission of providing support at no cost for children, teens, young adults, and their families as they learn to mourn the death of their loved one in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. Walk 1, 3, or 5K with your fundraising team.

Event registration includes the walk, a t-shirt, lunch, games, and plenty of family fun.

When:
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Registration starts at 9:30 AM
Walk begins at 10:00 AM
Lunch served at 11:00 AM

Where:
Preston Meadow Lutheran Church
6801 Coit Road
Plano, TX 75024

Click HERE for event details and registration.

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99.5 The Wolf Presents…
14th Annual Journey of Hope Celebrity Golf Classic & Dinner

Monday, November 7, 2016#14 Scorecard

Cowboys Golf Club
1600 Fairway Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051

Schedule:
10:00 a.m. Check In
11:00 a.m. Lunch Buffet
11:30 a.m. Putting Contest

12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
5:30 p.m. Silent/Live Auction
6:00 p.m. Dinner/Program

Sponsor Registration:

View Sponsor Packages HERE.

To register as a Golf Sponsor, click Here.

Team Registration:

To register a Golf Team and/or to purchase a dinner ticket, click Here.

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News

Stay up to day with the latest Journey of Hope news. We’ve separated our news in two categories. The first, “In the News”, will highlight the various news articles and press releases that are relevant to Journey of Hope. The second category, “Current Events”, will allow you to discover information and Journey of Hope press releases regarding upcoming events.

Contact Us

Reach Out to Journey of Hope Grief Support Today.
(972) 964-1600

 

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