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Mission Statement:
The mission of H.O.P.E. is to assist recently widowed persons of all ages in evolving through the natural stages of grief by giving support and encouragement for the future, by providing essential information, and by helping them to set and achieve new goals for living.


H.O.P.E. is a non-profit, federally registered 501(c)3 organization in existence since 1978 and is not affiliated with any religious organization.

Program topics:
The four sessions (winter, spring, summer, and fall) of the H.O.P.E. program each have different topics so members may continue through the sessions without repeating topics unnecessarily.

The first meeting of every session consists of introductions and orientation to the program. The expected stages of the normal grief process are reviewed and complicating factors are explained. Some of the subsequent topics may include: surviving emotional upheaval; understanding depression; life style changes; healing and growth; motivation and goal setting; exploring independence; building a personal support network; effective problem solving; and, in every session, loneliness. (See sample ten week course)

What Makes H.O.P.E. Special

Frequency
H.O.P.E. meets weekly, in four 10 week sessions throughout the year. Grief takes NO holidays

Structure
There are specific and different topics for each meeting which keeps the meetings focused and covers a variety of concerns.

Length
Because members can attend for a full year or more, the program helps them get through all the first anniversaries such as diagnosis, death, Mother's or Father's Days, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, religious holidays, etc.

Peer Facilitation
Although the program has been professionally designed, it was designed by widowed people, and meetings are facilitated by those who have bee
n widowed.

Future Oriented
Group members have the opportunity to redefine themselves as single persons into a new future through socilaization with their fellow members.

Comments from H.O.P.E. graduates:
"H.O.P.E. was my lifeline."
   Lois D. - Westampton, NJ

"H.O.P.E. was a great support when I needed it the most."
   Francis McC. - Mt. Laurel, NJ

"It helped to make decisions I would not have thought of otherwise."
    James S. - Hamilton Square

"I have met wonderful people and made lasting friendships through HO.P.E."
   Diana P. - Haddon Heights

"H O.P.E. is a fantastic support group."
   Vince S. - Delran

"H O.P.E. is an excellent program with very good people coordinating and    running the activities."
    Frank C. - Cherry Hill

"Thanks for making a difficult time pleasant and comforting."
   Eileen - Cape May

"You have taught us that we can laugh, or cry, or relate stories about the loved ones we lost, and know that you are there to comfort us."
   Anthony - Cape May

Meeting times and locations
There are presently fourteen chapters in six counties in Southern New Jersey. For details on each, click here.

Fee structure
Participants may attend H.O.P.E. meetings for one or more ten-week sessions at any of our locations. There is a $35 registration fee for each ten-week session. This fee covers a portion of the cost of program operations. While H.O.P.E. charges a modest registration fee, no one has ever been turned away for lack of funds. Contact the H.O.P.E. office if paying the registration fee presents a barrier to your participation in the H.O.P.E. program.

Register for H.O.P.E.

You may register for H.O.P.E. by:
Calling (856) 234-2200,
      or (888) 920-2201

Pre-registration by phone is recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions (Click here)


 

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