“It was humbling to see the love, support and hope sent from
around the country and know that we are not alone in the journey
of healing. As I continue to say, the symbolism of these
Stars of HOPE surrounding that awful place is so powerful.”
– Jessica B. San Bernardino
Stars of HOPE® empowers people to transform communities impacted by disasters through colorful art and messages of hope and healing. Stars of HOPE have transformed 135 communities in 22 countries impacted by tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes as well as acts of violence such as mass shootings, war, and industrial accidents.
Since 2007 we have empowered 65,000 volunteers, including school children, families, seniors, first responders, veterans, active military, partner organizations, and entire communities to paint inspirational words, messages, and designs on 1-foot wooden Stars. These Stars of HOPE are displayed in public places in communities worldwide in the immediate and long term aftermath of tragedy serving as beacons of hope and compassion for all to see.
After a disaster, relief organizations come in and help with food, clothing and shelter. We come with HOPE. Stars of HOPE is accelerating the healing process and strengthening the long-term mental health and resiliency of individuals and entire communities impacted by disaster.
“After witnessing the immediate and incredible impact of Stars of HOPE in San Bernardino recently to help survivors and victims’ family members heal, this is tangible proof that supporting the community’s emotional health and well-being after a crisis is just as important as the physical rebuilding and recovery process.” —Suzanne Bernier, Author of Disaster Heroes and President, SB Crisis Consulting
FOOD + CLOTHING + SHELTER + HOPE
The Art of HOPE
The Stars of HOPE program utilizes the latest scientific findings in positive psychology and heroism science to bring healing, growth, and resiliency to a world thirsty for loving kindness. The guiding principle behind Stars of HOPE is producing heroic transformation in people through their participation in compassion based community healing. There is no organization more effective in converting despair into love, loss into recovery, and tragedy into triumph. Through connective volunteerism and social transformation, the Stars of HOPE showcases the power of love and service in cultivating the best of humanity.
Professor Scott T. Allison
Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond