A Message From New Hope's Executive Director

At New Hope Grief Support Community we are acutely aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on the families we serve.  Grief is already an isolating experience and combined with physical distancing can make you feel even more alone.  At New Hope, we have always believed that we suffer in isolation and begin to find healing in the community together—and that has not changed!  

 In grief work, we help people move towards defining their new-normal. With our current situation, many of us have to define a new-normal for our own lives and families. We are having conversations with the families we serve to see how we can best support them through their grief journey. At this time more than ever, it is incredibly important for our families to have the continued support of their New Hope community, including our staff and volunteers.  This is why we are continuing our programs and services, although though they may look a bit different, we are committed to our mission.

Here's how we are continuing to support our most vulnerable community right now:

  • Many of our families now live on a single income because their spouse/partner is deceased, now with lay-offs and furloughs getting food and other necessities proves more difficult.  We are in direct regular communication with our families to identify their needs and how we can best support them right now.  This includes in-depth conversations to see who may be looking for financial support through our Temporary Family Support program.
  • We are applying for emergency funds through local foundations to provide food and other necessary resources for our bereaved families during this difficult time.
  • We are collaborating with partner organizations and nonprofits to provide resources and activities to our families to help them stay connected.  We have put together a resource page on our website for our clients and community.
  • We are adapting  our programs for this new environment so that we can all continue to feel the support of the larger New Hope community.  Using Zoom, we have continued our grief support groups.  If you or someone you know is interested in joining one of our online support groups please use this link: Online Support Groups.
  • We just finished our 2019 Family Camp video and posted it on Facebook yesterday, here is the link: Watch the IMPACT--New Hope Family Camp 2019!
  • Enjoy this throwback video of the OCAHU 15th Annual Celebration of Women in Business Luncheon & Fashion Show.
Our mission is to help grieving people find hope and healing through support and connection, and we will continue to do just that.  Our team has been working hard to find ways to keep our community connected and we have been successful. I want to personally say thank you to Women In Business and all of the OCAHU members who have committed to supporting New Hope. We remain hopeful and know that we will be stronger together! 

Wishing each of you continued strength, prayers for peace, and health!

David K. Leonard, Executive Director

New Hope Grief Support Community 

Office: 562-429-0075 ext. 3

Direct: 310-920-0067 





18th Annual Celebration of Women in Business Charity Luncheon and Fashion Show

Thank you Sponsors and Guests for an amazing 17th Annual Celebration of Women in Business Event on June 7, 2019.  Because of your participation and generous donations we raised $50,000 for New Hope Grief Support Community! 

Join Us at our 18th Annual Celebration of Women in Business Charity Luncheon and Fashion Show

August 14, 2020 | Balboa Bay Resort | Doors Open @ 9:30 AM


Pink Diamond Sponsor

WIB 2019 Photo's

Thank You to our 2020 Event Sponsors

Pics from Past WIB's


2020 Corporate Sponsors 





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