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The Power of Hope

by Sheila Newton, Ph.D., LMFT

We always hear feedback from our members and graduates of our programs about how positively Hope Connection has affected their lives. I offer, at this time, my own personal perspective of how Hope Connection has affected mine from a facilitator’s … Continue reading

Thank You, HOPE Connection

by Don Phillipson

In a time of spousal loss, we can seek solace from friends and family, but we also need to find a healing circle of people with whom we can speak openly without having the words catch in our throats. We need to share … Continue reading

My Journey of Hope

by Lynne Goldklang

At HOPE Connection, we have a tradition that we encourage every group member to participate in. It is the simple act of saying goodbye to other group members and the group therapist when a member moves from one group to … Continue reading

The Fourth Act

by Don Phillipson

Don Phillipson is a writer who lives in Thousand Oaks. He was a HOPE Group member until October, 2018.  I sit in a darkened theater, beautiful blue velvet curtains, having just descended, guard the stage. The curtain has just come … Continue reading

End of the Road

by Dalia Jones

Five feet tall, forty years old, a steel witness to a life no more.   I open the four drawers and pull out the files. Some slim and clean, others heavy, showing their age. They store happy memories of travel … Continue reading