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Hope Center's
Survivor Graduate Advisory Committee
Take Heart Residential

Our Survivor Graduate Advisory Committee (SGAC) was created to promote an equitable, diverse, and meaningful space that incorporates survivor graduates' input and expertise of lived experience on Hope Center programs, communications, policies, strategies, ideas, and more. Members of the committee will always have discretion over whether or not to reveal their own identities.

We, the members of Hope Center's SGAC, wish to steward this page to reach, encourage, and support other survivors who are still in need of the life-changing hope of Christ. All content promoted on this page was created and reviewed by our committee members. We pray it is a blessing to whoever reads it.

An open letter to our

SURVIVOR SISTERS

Hi, Sister,

First and foremost, we want you to know how incredible you are and how much we love and care about you.

We know too well that the impact of trauma can feel unbearable at times. It is likely that at some point you may feel rage, depression, numbness, agony, heartbreak, or grief over what has happened to you. While these emotions are unbelievably painful, they are also signs of progress. Whenever you feel these emotions, you are processing your survivorship. The only way out is through. You’ve got this.

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This site is dedicated to the voluntary sharing of thoughts and insights from the personal life experiences of the SGAC members only and to those who have voluntarily submitted their stories as guest writers.

 

All information shared on this website, written by SGAC members, Hope Center Indy, or any guest writer content, is intended only for inspirational, educational, and informational purposes. This page is neither a supplement nor supersedes the relationship and direction of medical or mental health providers. We do not offer advice or treatment for any mental or physical condition on this page. We encourage you to seek the help of professional mental health therapists, counselors, coaches, or medical professionals when dealing with any mental health or physical health disorder, condition, or challenge.

The Hope Center partners with many community service providers and can get you help, even if you're not ready to stay in a residential program. You can call 463-236-5064 or email takeheart@hopecenterindy.org if you need assistance.

Love,

Members of the Hope Center SGAC

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Spiritual TOOLBOX

God invites us to be vulnerable and welcomes us to bring our feelings to Him. If our hearts are broken, He wants to be near us (Psalm 34:18, 147:3). If we are tired and weary of life, He invites us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:6-7).

God is not asking us not to be human. He’s not asking us to stuff and hide the hurt and the pain we feel. He’s not asking us to suffer in silence with a broken heart. He’s not asking us to pretend we’re not afraid. He’s not asking us never to feel angry. He’s not asking us always to feel upbeat and happy.

He’s asking us to come to Him with all these emotions, lay them at His feet, and trust Him with the many things we do not understand that trigger these feelings in our lives. He’s inviting us to a more intimate relationship with Him.

Although our stories are unique, we all know what a broken heart feels like. If you can relate to any of the following feelings, we've put together a few words of what helped us work through those moments when we felt like giving up. Finally, know that there is hope; there is always Hope. You got this, friend; we're rooting for you!

” I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been. ”

 ― Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne

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Thinking about reaching out?
It's okay, we had many questions too.

Here, we answer some of the most common questions we had before coming to the Hope Center. We hope these are helpful to you as you consider your options for care and the best place to begin your healing journey, whenever you're ready.

 

If you need to speak with a residential director for other questions or doubts, you can call 463-236-5064 or email takeheart@hopecenterindy.org.

  1. Does faith-based mean I have to be religious?

“Jesus turned, and seeing her said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well”
Matthew 9:22
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