When we were going through our own painful parenting journey we didn’t know where to turn for help. Since our daughter was dealing with alcohol and drug abuse we decided to attend Al-Anon meetings. We found them valuable and helpful, although most were there for a troubled spouse.
We longed to be part of a group just for parents that covered a broad range of issues, while also allowing for our Christian perspective. We wanted to include two elements that brought our greatest comfort: Scripture and prayer.
We decided that when we felt more stable, we would start a support group, incorporating the best of what we’d experienced, adding in the missing elements that were important to us. This is where Hope for Hurting Parents support groups began.
A core belief is that we were not created to live life in isolation, but in community. Life with all its joys and sorrows is to be experienced with others. Mutual encouragement and shared trials helps to lighten our load and increase our strength for the journey. This is where the power of support groups can help when the pain is too deep to be alone.
YOU AS A FACILITATOR
We’ve taken the emphasis off leading and placed it on facilitating. Your role is not as a teacher or instructor, rather, you’re simply a facilitator sharing content, asking a few open-ended questions, then guiding discussion. You aren’t expected to know everything or have your act together. We’re all fellow strugglers on the same heartbreaking path. Authenticity and a willingness to be vulnerable with your trials, is your best asset.
We recognize that what we do and how we do it – the frequency our group meets and where – may not fit every situation. Feel free to structure your group as you see best. Our goal is more support groups all over the country. There are so many in need, with so few resources.
It’s not our intention to create content driven groups. Rather, the groups will be safe, confidential, loving communities for hurting parents to find the encouragement, resources, acceptance, comfort, and hope they need.
The goal is to give parents the opportunity to share honestly about their feelings with others who understand, won’t think less of them or give pat answers.
THE HOPE FOR HURTING PARENTS FACILITATOR MANUAL
A few of the 22 topics are: grief and loss, worry and anxiety, enabling, fear, communication and anger. You may use them in any order you choose. There’s enough material for a whole year if you met twice a month, once in November and December due to the holidays. You can determine how often you want to meet.
The entire manual is in PDF format. You can request a free sample that includes everything you need to get started plus one session on Grief and Loss. To request your FREE sample of our Facilitator Manual click the button and fill out the information. When you request your sample we will also give you directions if you decide to start a group and want our material.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HOPE FOR HURTING PARENTS SUPPORT GROUPS
“I really needed this tonight. Being with others who understand and don’t judge me is so freeing. My heart feels so much lighter. I really need the topic of detachment, too. I have a lot to work on, but now I feel I can do it.”
“I really appreciated the topic being printed and handed out. I had something tangible I could hang on to and look at again and again during times of crisis, offering scripture and hope. Most of all the group supported me with their prayers, which helped me to regain my focus on God’s strength instead of my own. I now realize my son’s situation is not hopeless.”
“We cannot thank you enough for your ministry. Over the past year, as we worked through the various stages of facing our son’s choices, you have been there alongside us. Your ministry and group have been a real safe haven for us to catch our breaths.”
“The content is very rich and filled with wisdom. We have all felt that the material is very insightful and useful for us in our journey. There are many times we have shared how ‘right on’ the material is in helping us navigate this uncharted territory.”
The topics are so relevant in your manual. I think every parent experiencing these types of situations can relate to the topics at some point in their journey with their adult child. Leading a Hope for Hurting Parents group is very meaningful to me. God keeps leading me to others who are hurting. God used my situation to give me more compassion and encourage others in similar situations.”
One woman in my group commented, ‘Everyone needs a group like Hope for Hurting Parents.’ She is right. I have talked to women in other states and other parts of Florida who have never heard it and are interested in having one. There is a need for groups like these to love, support, pray, and encourage one another through our struggles.”
CHURCH AND MINISTRY LEADERS
“A Hope for Hurting Parents group provides immeasurable support, guidance, hope, and care to those who attend. I have watched and witnessed the profound affect a Hope for Hurting Parents group provides to the hurting parents of our church community.
Berry Johnston – Pastor C.A.R.E. Ministries Discovery Church, Orlando, FL
“Tom and Dena Yohe have lived through the ups and downs, and the hurts and joys of life with a prodigal. All they have learned is now helping so many others through their wonderful ministry Hope for Hurting Parents. They not only have wise encouragement, but also powerful prayers.”
Judy Douglass – Writer, Encourager, Founder of Prayer for Prodigals, Cru
“The beauty of what happens in a Hope for Hurting Parents support group has been so inspiring to us at Village View Church. The group is a safe place for participants to take their hurt, let it out, then leave with the hope they need to make it through another day with the strength of Jesus Christ guiding every step.”
Deb Williams – Former Staff of Recovery and Support Ministries, Village View Community Church, Summerfield, FL
“I would like to recommend Tom and Dena Yohe’s ministry, Hope for Hurting Parents. In the words of one of the parents attending the group, “I love these two people. They have helped me so much to understand my role as a parent. I felt like I was really helped. It really is important that I attend the sessions'”
Pastor Marty Shea – Senior Pastor, Village View Community Church, Summerfield, FL