Community and Survivor Support

Stars of HOPE is a unique therapeutic arts program empowering people to transform communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters by creating and displaying colorful art and messages of hope and healing.  Stars of HOPE are displayed in public places in the immediate and long-term aftermath of a tragedy, serving as beacons of hope and compassion.

Stars of HOPE have lifted the spirits of communities impacted by acts of violence including the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the terror attacks in San Bernardino, California; Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Parkland, Florida. Stars of HOPE have also served as a way for survivors to pay hope and kindness forward to other survivors and to thank first responders.

Stars of Hope has impacted me in so many ways. They have provided the feeling of comfort when the first box appeared, the feeling of relief when watching the affected read them and then, in return, make them and the feeling of inspiration when watching others find peace and healing. They are a true healing mechanism that has brought people together. They have given people a way to pay it forward and the world needs more of that. – Barbra Poma, PULSE Nightclub Owner and Founder of ONEPulse Foundation

Hope Provides the Light


In 2018, 11 people were killed by a gunman at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. In the days after the shooting, Stars of HOPE responded by hanging handpainted stars with words of hope and healing at the synagogue bringing comfort and strength to the grieving community.


In 2015, a terror attack in San Bernardino took the lives of 14 people and injured several more. After the attack, Stars of HOPE deployed bringing words of hope, comfort, and strength from people all over the world. Since then, the San Bernardino community has used Stars of HOPE to create hope for other communities struck by tragedy.


In 2016, 49 innocent lives were taken by a gunman at a nightclub in Orlando. After the attack, Stars of HOPE began to pop up in Orlando to bring hope and healing to the grieving community. Since then, survivors of the attack have created Stars of HOPE for survivors of attacks in San Bernardino, Las Vegas, and Manchester.