Q. What is the Center for Hope and Healing?
A. The Center for Hope and Healing (CHH) is three things:
- First, it's a vision and idea of a place where both parishioners and the greater community can go for support.
- Second, it's a project that a group of committed volunteers are working on to see the CHH vision translate to reality.
- Third, it’s a physical location. CHH will initially offer services on St. Paul’s church grounds and will eventually move services to the church’s Epiphany House. The Epiphany House is a home located adjacent to church property. St. Paul’s church is working with the Town of Cary to transform the Epiphany House into the Center for Hope and Healing.
Q. What services/programs does CHH offer?
A. Individual counseling, spiritual direction and educational sessions have been offered since 2010. Some of the educational sessions include:
- Aging with Dignity: This session focuses on developing a Living Will document. A Living Will gives an aging individual the ability and reassurance of having a voice for important decisions towards the end of life.
- Dealing with Losses: This session involves working through the grief of loss.
- MOMs (Ministry of Mothers Sharing): This is a 7 week course that focuses on the challenges of motherhood and spiritual and personal growth of moms.
- Understanding Mental Illness: This session will cover questions such as what it is, how to get help, and choosing the right therapist.
Q. What is the timeline for the CHH?
A. We are working on this project in a phased approach:
- Phase one began in 2011 by researching funding, practitioners, the Epiphany house, possible services and zoning issues. Our plan is to continue current groups already offered by the parish, add new groups, and have several practitioners on site. A CHH launch party was held on September 29, 2010.
- Phase two consists of adding more practitioners as well as adding groups and wellness and life skills programs in the Epiphany House by September 2012.
- Phase three includes the long term vision of continued growth and will be on-going.
Q. How will it be funded?
A. Members of our team have researched and identified possible grants and revenue sources to support the development of this project. There is a core team continuing to research possible funding sources, application procedures, process duration, what is covered, and how to proceed. Grants/funding are being (and will continue to be) sought out during growth phases with the ultimate goal of the CHH being a self-sustaining entity by way of reduced rent for practitioners and fees (in some cases).
Q. What is the Epiphany House?
A. The Epiphany House was purchased by St. Paul's in April, 2004, and CHH currently rents it from St. Paul's. From St. Paul's parking lot, the rear of the property can be seen (the red house) if standing between the pond in the corner of the lot and the playground. It is our plan to offer programs here.
Q. How can I become involved in The Center for Hope and Healing?
A. There are many opportunities to volunteer with this new nonprofit startup.
- Needs include Programming (development and organization), Event hosting, Instructor support and communication, Grant research and writing/fundraising, Marketing and publicity, Web-based advertising/social media, Business structure and direction for nonprofits, Board recruitment and development, generally working with a grassroots nonprofit organization, Auditing services, House upkeep: interior and yard, and many other opportunities.
- Contact either Sally Harbold,
or Melissa Huemmer,
. Phone number for both is 919-800-8530.