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It All Starts With Our Mission
it all starts with
our mission

New Hope Center for Grief Support is a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to bringing  hope, healing, and new beginnings  to adults and children grieving the death of a loved one.  

Our vision as  a  bereavement resource center for Southeast Michigan is to see  those who’ve come through our program  create  a safe, understanding community for others in grief  and help  change the way our culture responds to grief and loss. We do this through two methods: 

  1. Direct grief support services
  2. Community Outreach, Training, and Practical Resources

New Hope Center for Grief Support is committed to serving all members of the community with  love, courage, and humility.  Our program is open to everyone, regardless of beliefs. Our primary purpose is to help people process their grief in a safe environment while staff and volunteers reflect these values through our actions and service. 

Our Program is built on Five Pillars: 

  1. Age and loss specific Peer  Support 
  2. Grief  Education  built to help understand the uniqueness of each person’s grief journey 
  3. Connection  to others who’ve experienced loss, including social outings and events 
  4. Empowerment  of volunteer leaders to guide others along the grief journey 
  5. Service opportunities that bring meaning and purpose after loss 

How We Help

History

New Hope Center for Grief Support was founded in 2000 by Cathy Clough, a woman who had experienced the pain of grief and the challenges of being a young widow raising three kids. As she healed, she found new beginnings in life by supporting countless others of all ages and losses through their own grief journey. Guided by her Christian faith, she modeled the core values of New Hope. She led with love, acted with courage, and served with humility. Since then, New Hope Center has served thousands of grieving individuals and families throughout Southeast Michigan. 

Our Team

Jennifer Frush

Executive Director

Jennifer was brought on staff as outreach and event coordinator in the summer of 2018. Her passion and energy helped increase New Hope’s reach and impact, leading to her taking on the position of Interim Executive Director in January of 2020. She is a member of the Northville community and has two children who attend Northville Public Schools. She truly takes pride in the community she serves! Jennifer first connected to New Hope several years ago when her father passed away and her mother joined the program. She attributes the program to bringing hope, healing, and a new beginning to her family and is grateful to now help others.

Valerie Brda

Program Coordinator

Valerie joined the New Hope staff in May of 2018 as the Office Administrator. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in writing. Valerie’s connection with New Hope started at a young age when, after losing her father, her family reached out for support and was one of the first families to go through New Hope’s program. Because of her experience, she grew up wanting to help others through grief and had even considered New Hope her “dream job” as a high school student! Prior to New Hope, Valerie worked with children who have autism and continues to volunteer at her church helping adults with special needs. 

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Courtney Gillim

Grief Coordinator

Courtney joined our team in October 2021. She is an Eastern Michigan University alum with a knack for event planning and a passion for helping others. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, reading and going camping with her family. She and her husband Matt have 3 children – Noah, Ella and Jonah. Their family came to New Hope after losing their middle child, Ella Jane, at only 15 months. They have honored Ella through various volunteer opportunities at Mott Children’s Hospital, where she was a VIP patient. Courtney is excited to carry on in Ella’s memory through the work at New Hope. 

Susan Arnould

Volunteer & Events Coordinator

Susan joined the team in February 2022 as the Volunteer and Events Coordinator. She has an educational background in counseling and early childhood education, which has provided her with great experiences of working and helping others. Susan’s connection to New Hope began when she moved to the Northville area and wanted to get involved in helping in the community. Susan has experienced personal losses in her own life. She has also walked alongside others through their journeys with her husband, who served as a pastor and chaplain. Susan believes that the services and programming that New Hope provides are so beneficial, and the team of volunteers that want to serve and give back is so inspiring. She is excited to be part of the New Hope team and help bring these services to the community. In her free time, Susan enjoys traveling, biking, running, camping, and spending time spoiling her nieces and nephews.

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Board of Directors

Ed Doody, Chairman

Donna Melonio, Secretary

Tom Krause

Kevin Bullock

Debbie Damesworth

Maryellen Lewandowski, Treasurer

Alan Walthall

Beth Santer

Kristen Ryeson

Kathy Swierlik

Tricia Burger

Advisory Committee

Beth Voyles

Steve Rowley

Bob Kalec

Founding Directors

Cathy Clough, Founder & Executive Director Emeritus 

John & Betty Baird, Founding Board Chairman

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