New Hope For Kids Volunteer Stories
A team is only as strong as all of its members. New Hope for Kids has been truely blessed with so many wonderful Volunteers and Grief Facilitators. Here are just a few of their stories...
Why I am a Grief Facilitator!
by: Timmarie H.
To say that New Hope for Kids has been an inspiration to me would be an understatement. When I was ten years old my father died and my brother, grandmother, and I started attending group at New Hope. I gained a lot of different things and did not want to lose that feeling of belonging. So I volunteered with New Hope until I was sixteen and then attended Grief Facilitator training. I became a Grief Facilitator in August 2007, the week of my sixteenth birthday, and thus far very few things have been as rewarding as helping these kids through their grief. I love New Hope; I love the kids, the employees, the other volunteers, and the whole ideal that New Hope works towards. I’ve wanted to do this work for six years and now that I am, I must say nothing has been disappointing. I can not wait to work with New Hope in the years to come!
New Hope has impacted my life personally in so many ways that I cannot begin to list them all. However, the biggest impact is that I have had personal friends come to me and ask me about grief related to their own children and themselves. I always refer them to New Hope and tell them that I am not a trained counselor, but I know that New Hope will change their lives for the better.
I am proud to be associated with an organization filled with so many wonderful employees and volunteers who give so selflessly of themselves and do it with joy.
I know that if I search the rest of my life, I will not EVER find a place to volunteer that will touch my heart as much as New Hope's has!
Thanks, New Hope!!
After losing 4 loved ones in a six year time frame, I knew one day when I had worked through my pain that I wanted and needed to help others through their pain. When a child comes to “New Hope”, you see a child who is lost and unsure of everything, but when they leave that child knows that “New Hope” is a place of acceptance and that they are understood without a single word being spoken. They are at a place where everyone knows their inner pain. That is healing for anyone’s soul. I am deeply touched and honored to be a grief facilitator at “New Hope.” It is good for my soul too! I have been so blessed to have met these families and I pray daily for their healing. All my love to all the families.
-Tamara (like camera)
On April 25, 1998, Diane’s daughter Becca was killed by a drunk driver. Years later, Diane is now a veteran grief facilitator for New Hope for Kids.
"About a year after our 16 year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver, an acquaintance approached me and told me about New Hope for Kids. She, too, was a bereaved mother and was involved with the organization. She said she was finding healing as she facilitated the healing of others. I have always loved working with children of all ages and I knew immediately that this was something I wanted, and needed, to do.
I continue to volunteer because I see the steady progress the children make in coming to terms with their grief and then their ability to move on. It is uplifting to see this process take place over and over again. What could be more affirming to the human spirit than these children, who, having been given more than you would think they could handle, begin to laugh and comfort others?”
– Diane G.