Welcome to A Little Hope

“Our mission is to help provide bereavement support services and grief counseling for children, teens and young adults who have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling, or a loved one, regardless of the circumstances of the death”.

A Little HOPE, Inc. is a ground breaking not for profit, publicly supported charitable foundation founded in early 2002, as a personal response to the World Trade Center tragedy by Whitney and Evan Michaels. As they attended numerous memorial services, they witnessed many bereaved children now having to face a new reality – life without their mother or father – and wanted to find a way to offer them hope for the future. Richard H. Schimel, President and a founding board member recalls, "We were trying to think of what we could do and my thought was, how do you help the children because they're really the ones left behind".

Prior to the existence of A Little Hope, Inc. there was not a single national organization dedicated to raising money to advance the growth of children's grief support and the expansion of bereavement centers, school outreach programs and camps for grieving children and teens in the United States. For the past thirteen years, A Little Hope has been committed to filling that void.

Over the past 5 years, we are delighted to see more corporate foundations and not for profit foundations stepping forward to help advance the awareness and growth of grief support services for children, teens and young adults.

With the strong collaborations that A Little Hope has established across the country, we are proud to be a creator of innovative programs and initiatives in childhood bereavement.


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