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Our Approach

We use art and the power of creativity
to transform tragedy into hope

Filling a unique gap in disaster relief services

We are on a mission to help communities heal

In the wake of a tragedy, art can play an important role in helping communities heal and rebuild. Art can provide opportunities for reflection and commemoration, help build new communities, reconnect old communities, and reduce feelings of isolation. It can also help people develop new personal and creative skills, strengthen people’s connection to the place, and create a shared sense of hope and optimism.

Tragedies can leave people feeling traumatized and isolated. In the aftermath, art can be a powerful way to help people connect with their community. It can provide a space for people to share their experiences and emotions and to come together to remember those who have been taken. Art can also be a way for people to express themselves and process what they have been through.

Creative expression can be incredibly healing, both for individuals and for communities. When we create something – whether it’s a song, a painting, or just a simple list of our thoughts – we are taking control of our experience and giving it some form. This can be incredibly empowering, especially in times of difficulty. The process of creating art can also help us to understand ourselves better and to come to terms with our experiences.

Our Community resilience art projects can be another powerful way for communities to come together after a tragedy. They provide a shared space where people can come together to express themselves, share their stories, and support one another. They also help build bonds between different groups in the community and promote healing and understanding.

Art can play an important role in disaster recovery, providing opportunities for reflection, commemoration, connection, and creativity. It can help communities heal and rebuild after tragedy. 

Retaining hope is critical in individual and community-wide recovery. Each community resilience project is adapted to fit community and individual needs. Every participant will receive emotional care while creating art to help the next survivor in need. Stars of HOPE’s “pay it forward” model promotes self-efficacy and, ultimately, a renewed sense of hope for the future.

What We Do

We provide art to help in the recovery process of emotional wellbeing and mental health support. Our evidence-based art program continues to work in communities years later, sometimes starting days after tragedy strikes.

How It Works

Utilizing one-foot wooden stars and paint, we create a safe space for survivors (and those by empathy) to process their grief through creativity, alongside volunteers who have gone through similar events. 

Our impact

Healing art is an excellent way to process emotions after a traumatic event. Art can help participants safely explore the experience while feeling supported and heard by others who have gone through similar experiences themselves.

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Who we serve

Stars of HOPE provides a path to healing designed by survivors for survivors and guided by art therapists and mental health profesionals. We provide research-based coping techniques and compassionate social support to those in the days, weeks, and years following a life-altering tragedy. 

Stars of HOPE’s qualified art therapists and certified emotional care responders guide survivors’ resiliency by holding a safe space for peers to express themselves while empowering one another to recover together by creating a “Star of Hope.” Each and every response is customized to fit the unique needs of each community we serve. 

Natural Disasters

Art has long been used as a form of therapy, especially in the wake of a disaster. Through art, people who have experienced a disaster can make sense of their experience, express grief and loss, and become active participants in their healing process. By seeing themselves as survivors rather than victims, they can begin to rebuild their lives and create a new sense of hope for the future. Therapeutic art programs offer a safe space for people to explore their emotions and connect with others who have had similar experiences. Amid great tragedy, art can be a transformative force that helps us remember our humanity and find our way back to joy. 

Mass Violence

Resilience is the ability to adapt in the face of adversity. It is an essential quality for individuals, families, and communities who have experienced trauma. The art of resilience is using creative self-expression to promote healing and build strength. Our therapeutic art resilience projects are designed to support individuals, families, and communities who have experienced trauma. These projects provide ongoing opportunities for people to connect and promote collective healing. We can create a space for hope, healing, and connection through the power of art.

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As we all know, mass tragedies can leave survivors struggling to cope with their pain and confusion in the aftermath. In these challenging times, it is crucial that those who are seeking help have access to the support and resources they need to begin the healing process. Unfortunately, many communities are faced with limited resources, making it even more of a challenge for survivors to find critical emotional health services.

At Stars of HOPE, our goal is to provide free services for survivors of all backgrounds working through their grief and trauma. We believe that everyone should have access to this essential support and care when they need it most, regardless of their ability to pay. Our team is committed to providing the tools and resources that survivors need to build resilience and find hope again. With your donation today, we can continue offering these services for those who need them most, helping them rebuild their lives after experiencing this devastating tragedy. Thank you for your support!

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