About us

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

As a Christian organization, 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 the characteristics of Christ through our actions and service.  Key scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:4 

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 


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. Since then, New Hope Center has served thousands of grieving individuals and families throughout Southeast Michigan. 

Our Team

Rick Guttersohn, LLMSW

Executive Director

Rick started with New Hope Center for Grief Support in the summer of 2014, serving as Fund Development Director and Program Director before accepting the Executive Director position in May of 2017. Rick received his MSW from Wayne State University with a concentration in
nonprofit leadership. He received his BSW from Spring Arbor University and completed a two-year ministry internship at Lifechurch Canton leading small groups and serving people in recovery. Prior to that, Rick worked for ten years in sales and retail management before changing career paths and dedicating his life to serving hurting people.

Jennifer Frush

Assistant 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 Assistant Director in April of 2019. She is a member of the Northville community, serving in the Northville School District, assisting with various local charity program efforts, and teaching Zumba fitness classes throughout the week. 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 Administrator

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. 

Board of Directors

Steve Rowley, Chairman

Tom Krause, Secretary

Jim Pilat, Treasurer

Kevin Bullock

Debbie Damesworth

Bob Kalec

Maryellen Lewandowski

Ashley Sword

Alan Walthall

Advisory Committee

Chip DeClue 

Ed Doody 

Rich Kern 

Barry McKenna 

Beth Voyles

Founding Directors

Cathy Clough, Founder & Executive Director Emeritus 

John Baird, Founding Board Chairman

Annual Reports

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