Hope for Healing.Org began in 1996. At first, this simple website was an outlet for a survivor's healing. Our founder struggled to find help and support after being raped. At the time there wasn't a local rape crisis center to which she could turn.
Later that year a rape crisis center opened. Our founder initially went for support. About a year later she began helping by stuffing envelopes and making copies in the office. Other activities soon followed.
Her husband's job transfer carried her away from the crisis center. Once again, she found herself without local support. That's when she began to turn to the internet in earnest
As time passed she began to realize that survivors need more than just crisis support. The long time recovery process sometimes includes relearning much about life in addition to sometimes developing new skills. Survivors sometimes need to redevelop confidence or just learn how to enjoy life again.
With the encouragement of a friend she developed this website to help tackle these and other challenges. The rest, as they say, is history.
A name change redubbed the site" the Rape Recovery Help and Information Page." Many awards soon followed. In 2001, there was one last name change. Hope for Healing.Org came into existence as a domain name and as a 501c3 tax-exempt organization.
The site now encompasses over 100 pages. It is the largest, most comprehensive website on the internet. Adjunct sites include online groups, a forum with chat room, newsletter and the Hope Blog.
Newer additions include the Voices of Hope internet radio show. This popular show debuted in February 2009 to raving audiences. A new magazine will launch in the fall of 2010. These are just a few of the great plans that we have in store.
Currently our sites include:
Find our group and fan pages by searching Facebook. Follow our founder on Twitter @gaylecrabtree.
We continue to set the bar when it comes to online support. The core of supporting survivors of sexual or domestic violence comes from our volunteers. Kudos to each and every one of our volunteers. You are the ones who make it possible to support survivors of rape or domestic violence!
Would you like to join us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the application to get started. Extra hands are always welcome. Make a decision to get involved today.