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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.
Stars of HOPE® is transforming the traditional disaster relief dynamic of food-clothing-shelter by introducing a critical 4th element – HOPE –into the immediate and long term recovery process. Our impact reaches broad and deep in strengthening the resilience of communities in need, impacting at-risk youth, and bolstering the mental health of children, families, and entire communities in the wake of tragedy nationwide, and globally.
Fighting the War on Terror with an Army of HOPE
The recent active shooter attacks in La Loche, Saskatchewan, San Bernardino, California, and Paris, France are brutal reminders that no community is immune to tragedy. Unfortunately but realistically, domestic terrorism and active shooter incidents are just some of the new and emerging threats communities and organizations now face and must be prepared for.
After last month’s terror attack in San Bernardino, California, I found out that one of the disaster heroes featured in my book, Jeff Parness, founder of the Stars of HOPE® Project, was looking to deploy a team of volunteers to bring hope and healing to the community. I knew immediately it was something I had to be a part of, and I made my way to San Bernardino the following.......