San Diego, CA. (August 10, 2018) – HOPE worldwide ™ is pleased to announce it has been awarded $460,000 from the Hurricane Harvey Community Recovery Grant from the American Red Cross™. These funds will support recovery efforts in the Houston and Beaumont / Port Arthur, Texas areas through the HOPE worldwide SPARK Academy program (Special Program for Arts Resiliency for Kids).
The SPARK Academy is a program focused on art, theater and sports therapy that was created in 2013 by HOPE worldwide in response to Hurricane Sandy’s catastrophic effect on families in New Jersey and New York.
The highly effective program serves pre-K through 6th grade children and families who have been impacted by disasters. All too often, children suffer long term emotional effects of devastating disasters, with little or no support to help them recover. The SPARK Academy helps children by providing an avenue to understand and process their emotions after a disaster using art therapy. Post-disaster behavioral and emotional changes are often seen 6-24 months after a disaster; and the 12-18-month post-disaster time frame is often the most difficult time for recovery. HOPE worldwide is honored to bring this program to the communities affected by the hurricane, working together with partners to help those in need.
“This support will enable us to continue meaningful recovery efforts alongside those devastated by Hurricane Harvey” says Robert Carrillo, CEO. “HOPE worldwide is proud to serve the children of these impacted areas through our SPARK Academy and we look to do so with compassion, integrity and excellence.”
HOPE worldwide is an international charity that changes lives through the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy. This partnership among HOPE worldwide , The Greater Houston Church, the HOPE worldwide Houston Chapter and the American Red Cross begins September 1, 2018 and will provide services through February of 2020.
HOPE worldwide’s base of operations is located in San Diego California and Robert Carrillo is a San Diego native who has been serving the organization as CEO since 2015.
HOPE worldwide is calling on mental health professionals who are trained in trauma counseling to travel to Guatemala in August to serve survivors of the Volcan de Fuego eruption. The HOPE worldwide Guatemala team along with HOPE worldwide ’s Global Disaster Response team have identified the need to assist survivors in recovering from this terrible tragedy.
You will be volunteering as part of the HOPE worldwide Community Service Brigade in August 23-27, 2018. To apply, visit www.hopeww.org/csb
You will be required to attend a 1-hour web based training in mid-August. The CSB needs 10-15 Mental Health Professionals. This will be a non-traditional counseling setting as you will have a single session and will provide tools for recovery. More than anything you will provide a safe haven for survivors to talk!
Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.
For more information, please visit www.hopeww.org/csb
You can also contact:
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A note from the Mental Health Brigade Team Leader Cynthia Neal, NP
My name is Cynthia Neal and I have had the privilege of serving as a psychiatric nurse practitioner on three different medical brigades to Guatemala. I spent about 20 to 30 minutes with each person that was identified as needing mental health services. At first I felt like what I was doing was so minimal and would question if I were doing any good at all. But time after time, every person I was able to meet with would tell me how grateful they were for the time we spent together, to be able to share their story with me, and for the compassion they could tell I felt for them. They shared with me how blessed they felt to have connected in the way that we did, and to have learned the exercises that I gave to them to help with their anxieties and sadness. I can’t tell you how deeply satisfying it is to use my gifts and training to serve this amazing community. I look forward to working with you in August and am absolutely convinced that if you serve in this capacity you will walk away from the experience as a changed individual. Feel free to contact me with questions at email@example.com.
Thank you so much for all your support!
HOPE worldwide Guatemala has been serving their neighbors and spreading God’s Love to an area tragically affected by the June 3, 2018 Volcano of Fire Eruption. HOPEww Guatemala arrived on scene the very next day with lifesaving medicines, food, clothing and supplies to aid survivors of this tragedy.
In just a few days HOPEww Guatemala staff and volunteers have provided 250 bags of clothing, 25 bags of clothes, 350 prescriptions, 2,750 Hygiene Items and 2,930 non-perishable food items. Starting on June 18, HOPE worldwide Guatemala’s medical staff and volunteers will bring a mobile clinic to Escuintla to survivors and evacuees who have not been seen by any medical personnel since the eruption.Boutique Hudson leisure Hudson Cords leisure leisure Cords Boutique Jeans Boutique Boutique Jeans Cords leisure Hudson Jeans Hudson C44qx0wOt
In addition to the great work that HOPE worldwide Guatemala has been doing since the beginning of the tragedy, the HOPE worldwide Global Disaster Response team arrived on Friday June 15. The team brought $10,000 worth of life saving medicines including burn treatments and respiratory infection medicines.
The HOPEww Global Disaster Team flew to Guatemala to meet with the local staff, toured relief sites, provided technical support and assisted in developing a short and long range response and relief plan. HOPE worldwide will be providing additional financial and technical support for the Guatemala team. Our International Church of Christ partners in Escuintla and Guatemala City have joined with HOPE Casual winter Dress H Boutique amp;M worldwide Guatemala to provide 65 volunteers in the immediate response and will continue to provide volunteer assistance in the coming weeks and months.
What can you do?
Since the area has been almost completely destroyed and homes will likely not be rebuilt in the same area, there is not an immediate plan for additional HOPE worldwide volunteers to travel to Guatemala. However there are two ways you can serve.
2. Donate to the Global Disaster Fund at www.hopeww.org/disasterPants Boutique Dress Limited leisure The XwxYBqYR0
Thank you for your generous support and prayers.
HOPEww Disaster Response Team