Trees of Hope is a non-profit committed to protecting future generations from sexual abuse through education and outreach in addition to helping survivors heal past wounds in order to restore their lives. Our work is guided by the vision of a world free from sexual abuse, where people can grow up happy, healthy and safe.
If you have been sexually assaulted or abused and need immediate help, contact the Nancy J. Cotterman Center on their 24-hour helpline at 954-761-RAPE (7273) or visit them online. Trees of Hope is not able to provide immediate attention to victims of abuse.
Our vision is to become the go-to organization for all sexual abuse prevention and healing resources. We will do this by creating educational resources to effectively train and equip adults on how to protect children from ever becoming a victim of sexual abuse and creating programs that help people heal from the wounds of sexual abuse. When Trees of Hope began, we started in a living room with five women. Through the years, we have radically grown from one single program for women to several programs that serve men, teen girls, and teen boys. Creating these various programs has enabled us to reach anyone anywhere in the world with the messages of protection and healing.
On "Not Just A Hashtag" Podcast, the team discusses the epidemic of sexual abuse, its realities and the unfiltered ways in which it has changed our lives. We share our personal stories and how our lives have been restored. This podcast is for anyone who wants to educate themselves on the statistics of sexual abuse, signs to look out for and how to prevent it from happening. We hope each time you listen you are affirmed that you are more than just a hashtag!
We created a free educational workshop where anyone who desires to protect the vulnerable can come and discover the truth about sexual abuse and how to better protect the ones they love. With the majority of sexual abuse perpetrated by someone the child knows, it is crucial for adults to be educated on the statistics, the most common signs and behaviors from offenders, and how to teach children to protect themselves. Through our free educational workshops, anyone can come and learn ways to protect the ones they love.
We desire to make education as accessible as healing, which is why we created the Rise magazine to be used in conjunction with the prevention workshops. Utilizing and expanding upon the content in our Prevent workshops, this magazine will teach you practical ways to talk to your child about sexual abuse, to address what’s appropriate sexual behavior and what is inappropriate, and how to speak up if abuse has already taken place. This magazine has become a favorite resource since it can be referenced anywhere and anytime.
adult healing GROUPS
We have two different programs for men and women: Shelter and Renew. Shelter is for women who are ready to facilitate life changes and experience freedom from past sexual abuse trauma. Renew is our sexual abuse healing program geared towards men. Both groups are survivor-led consisting of 10-12 people who meet at different churches around South Florida and Orlando every three months. Groups run January - March, May -July, and September - November. When groups are in session, there is a waiting list for the next round of groups.
TEEN healing GROUPS
We have two support groups for teen boys and teen girls: Thorn for girls and Nobleman for boys. Both curricula are designed towards this group’s tender hearts, minds, and spirits and provide biblical principles and other valuable tools. Both groups are survivor-led consisting of 10-12 people who meet at different churches around South Florida and Orlando every three months. Groups run January - March, May -July, and September - November. When groups are in session, there is a waiting list for the next round of groups.
We have an in-house licensed mental health counselor that specializes in trauma work. She utilizes a very specific psychotherapy technique called EMDR. EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and treats anxiety, PTSD, and more. Our counselor approaches everything from an explicitly Christian perspective and is a highly recommended supplement to the support groups that we provide!