Our Mission

Stars of HOPE® empowers children of all ages to transform individuals and communities in need of hope through the power of art and messages of healing.

What We Do

Disaster Response

Disaster Response

When disaster strikes, we deploy Stars of HOPE to lift the spirits of survivors and serve as beacons of compassion throughout impacted communities.

Community Engagement

Community Engagment

After a disaster or tragic event, we bring Stars of HOPE paint projects to local communities to promote hope and healing through art.

Survivor Support

Survivor Support

Stars of HOPE provides a platform for peer-to-peer support for individuals and communities recovering from tragedy through a “pay-it-forward” dynamic.

Our Story

In 2007, Stars of HOPE® started with two families – the Parness family in New York who wanted to pay-it-forward for the love New York City received from people all around the world following 9/11. And the Vincent family from Groesbeck, Texas who wanted to pay-it-forward for the support they received when New York Says Thank You volunteers rebuilt their home following a deadly tornado. Today, with the help of over 90,000 volunteers, Stars of HOPE have transformed 220 communities in 26 countries impacted by disaster and tragedy with messages of hope, healing and resilience.

Suzanne Bernier Author of Disaster Heroes and President, SB Crisis Consulting“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

“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, California

“Stars of HOPE 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 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, Stars of HOPE showcases the power of love and service in cultivating the best of humanity.” – Scott T. Allison, Professor of Psychology