| FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)
Is H.O.P.E. affiliated with any religious group?
No. Some churches offer H.O.P.E. meeting space as a community service, but there is no religious affiliation.
What kind of training is provided to H.O.P.E. group leaders?
H.O.P.E. group leaders are men and women who have gone through the program and who feel that they want to give something back. A preliminary training course of 8 to 10 hours is followed by at least 6 months of working in the program with experienced chapter coordinators. Participation in workshops on grief related topics periodically is also part of the training.
How do I know that H.O.P.E. will help me?
H.O.P.E. has been in existence since 1978 and has helped thousands of others like you. It is a comfortable place to be since everyone in the program has been widowed.
How many H.O.P.E. sessions would I need to attend to overcome my grief?
It really depends on the individual and their circumstances. Some feel that one ten-week session is enough, while others come for 2, 3, or all 4 sessions.
Who comes to H.O.P.E.?
Men and women of all ages who have been widowed in the past two years and those who have not completed the grieving process will benefit from the H.O.P.E. program.
Why does H.O.P.E. need money? What expenses are there if everyone is a volunteer?
Major program expenses include, the cost of insurance, workshop fees to keep our staff and group leaders current, rent, contributions to locations that host chapters, telephones, office supplies, equipment, postage, printing, and other costs to publicize the program. A modest stipend is paid to the director who oversees and administers the program and to our office manager. No other individuals receive any compensation for their efforts on behalf of H.O.P.E. Chapter coordinators, group leaders, board members, and office workers all volunteer their time. Almost all are H.O.P.E. graduates and know the value of the H.O.P.E. program. Hence, 100% of all funds received, whether from registrations or from contributions, go to support the program.
I thought my registration fee paid for the program. Why are additional funds needed?
Registration fees provide only 40% of the resources needed to operate the H.O.P.E. program. See also above response for expense details.
What other sources of funds are available to H.O.P.E.?
H.O.P.E. receives United Way funds in Burlington County only. Other sources of income are contributions from graduates and fund raising efforts such as our theater outings and our annual luncheon.
How many people participate in the program?
In the past year, over six hundred attendees participated in one of H.O.P.E.ís chapters, and many others consulted with H.O.P.E. and were referred to another, more appropriate agency.