True Healing Flies on the Wings of Change
Providing Shoulder to shoulder support for sexual assault/abuse survivors throughout their journey of recover.
Whether you need assistance looking for a low-cost or free trauma-specific therapist, or you already have one and are just feeling overwhelmed in your day to day life, HOPE can help. Our trained Peer Support Specialists are available to help you via video chat, phone, text, and messenger with the option to remain anonymous. Your information remains confidential, and you can share as little or as much information as you would like.
Welcome to H.O.P.E.
I am Pauline Tikvah and I am excited to have you join us on this fantastic journey of Healing, Outreach, Purpose, & Encouragement. Healing is a mindset and learning how to be at inner peace with yourself as well as having balance with your physical self. Outreach is more than just raising funds and awareness; it's about making a difference in the world we live in NOW. And despite what people may think, Purpose is not interchangeable with destiny. Our purpose is to alleviate, as much as possible, the trauma of sexual assault and PTSD for victims and their families. Our ultimate mission is to give a voice to those who haven't found their own yet as we create a safe space and community for all. We are striving to change beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and legislation about sexual violence. We are instilling courage for people to speak out about sexual assault and abuse. Our Destiny is partnering with people like you who want to be a part of this change for the better. Encouragement is exactly what it sounds like. Day In and Day Out we are uplifting people by way of counselors, emails, gift happies, video calls, and in person. Every day we give HOPE. And Every day, we need more people like you to spread the word for our cause.
The VISION of HOPE
The Hope Project, a state-licensed nonprofit organization, is funded through sponsorships, professional service contributions, and donations. The goal of HOPE (Healing Outreach Purpose & Encouragement) is to assist those that have experienced sexual trauma receive specialized therapy in a timely and sufficient manner, by working with already existing low cost or free resource centers. Having a hub location for resources and support (virtual or otherwise) increases the likelihood of survivors seeking and continuing therapy.
The Hope Project would use donations, grants and sponsorship money to:
A. Provide information and awareness of available resources. From personal experience, it can become overwhelming and discouraging trying to find the kind of help that is needed to overcome past trauma that affects your daily life. Speaking with friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and complete strangers, none had heard of resources centers like the Zacharias Center or King's County Sexual Resource Center.
B. Help resource centers nationwide:
a. Fund therapy beyond the 12-16 weeks of free or low cost sessions resource centers offer. If therapy stops after 3-4 months when they are not ready, regressing back to past behaviors and issues can happen.
b. To decrease wait times. For example, the Zacharias center in Skokie, IL, the waiting-list for the long term trauma therapy was 4 months. It takes a lot for a survivor to reach out for help in the first place, and having to wait that long can be the difference between life and death for some.
c. Provide more coping-skill sessions. Even these sessions have a wait time of at least 2 weeks. Providing more of these, to get trauma survivors through until their next/first session, can make a huge difference in their day to day lives.
d. Delineate the difference of trauma-containment skills and regular coping skills, but still providing both skill sets to those who reach out.
C. Supporting and encouraging those in therapy so they get the full help they need. They can come back to HOPE when a center is no longer working for them, until we can find them further assistance. The feelings of being overwhelmed, depression, anger, hopelessness, etc… can swallow a person up as they are waiting. Having someone to keep them on track can make a huge difference.
D. Provide training to those working with HOPE. The state of Washington has a certified peer-counselor training program. I have applied for this and would like to eventually have staff/volunteers trained as well through this course.
E. Provide trauma-therapists via HIPAA compliant software for immediate needs. People can meet virtually for short term sessions for Trauma Containment and other coping skills, until they can get set up with in-person therapy sessions. This will also provide assistance to those is rural areas where resource centers are not readily available.
F. Long term, we would like to provide funding to rural areas who lack resource centers for sexual trauma survivors. Virtual support, which HOPE offers, is great and is much needed to bridge the gap between the time a survivor reaches out to the time they can get into a center; however having a physical place to go to work one on one with a professional is always highly recommended.
Thank you for taking the time to read and consider my vision. I truly believe there is a great need in our society for organizations like HOPE . I am passionate and determined to help those who need it, as I once did.