Disaster Response

Stars of HOPE is a unique disaster response and 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.

After a disaster, relief organizations come in and help with food, clothing, and shelter. We come with HOPE. Stars of HOPE helps to accelerate the healing process and strengthen the long-term mental health and resiliency of individuals and entire communities impacted by a disaster.

“Seeing the stars brought a sense of calmness in the storm. They stood out among all the destruction. They showed the precious goodness in humanity.” – Francesca, Long Island Volunteer Center

Hope After Every Storm

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

In recent years, devasting wildfires have burned several communities in Northern and Southern California. After the fires were contained, colorful Stars of HOPE began appearing among the charred landscape. As residents returned to their homes, they were greeted by words of compassion and encouragement from others in the form of Stars of HOPE.

HURRICANE SANDY

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed many communities along the New Jersey shore. Thousands of people were left without homes, businesses were destroyed, and spirits crushed. Stars of HOPE were deployed to bring back hope to those who had lost everything. Many years later, stars are still hanging and still giving hope.

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

In 2015, a devastating earthquake in Nepal took the lives of nearly 9,000 people and destroyed homes, business and hope. Stars of HOPE volunteers deployed to Nepal to paint stars and give hope to children who had survived the earthquake in Kathmandu. Volunteers also helped to build classrooms at the Deepmala School.

JOPLIN TORNADO

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, volunteers  traveled to Joplin, Missouri, a town destroyed by an EF-5 multiple vortex tornado, to paint and display 3,187 Stars of HOPE — one for each of the approximate 3,000 persons killed in the 9/11 terror attacks and one for each of the 187 persons killed during the tornado that ravaged Joplin in 2011.