how do I


You can bring healing resources to your community by starting a Finding Hope Support Group. We have put together a list of things you need to do in order to start a group. Some things might take longer than others. Don’t get discouraged. The support, education, and healing you will find for yourself—and other survivors—is worth the effort.


Find another survivor who is willing to participate with you as a co-group leader. All groups require a minimum of 2 group leaders and 1 participant. Here are some tips for finding a second group leader.


Find a location. We recommend a local community center, library meeting room, business that would be willing to donate space, or hospital or clinic that may have teaching classrooms you can use. Try to avoid homes. Make sure your location feels safe for group participants.


Register your group: once you have another group leader, a location, and a day and time, you can register your group.


We would also suggest the following:

  • Determine in advance the way you will communicate with group members: We recommend creating a new email address that you only use for your support group or using a third-party app such as Band, Slack or a Facebook closed group.
  • If you want to recruit publicly, you can use the community flyer to post information about your group.
  • Don’t get discouraged. These support groups often start small and build over time.