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

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 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. 

Amy Marmaduke

Peer Support Specialist

Amy joined the New Hope team in the summer of 2019 as a volunteer and ministry intern before accepting a full time staff position as Peer Support Specialist. She is passionate about supporting people of all ages and life experiences. She is a part of our local community and raised four children in the Northville Public Schools.  She is very active in her church community and enjoys volunteering with the youth programs.  Amy first came to know New Hope in 2012 by attending the From Grief to New Hope eight week workshop after the death of her husband.  She attributes this program to giving her the strength to move forward in healing and hope and is now very excited for this new beginning as a staff member!

Colleen Agrotis

Office Administrator

Colleen came to New Hope in the spring of 2018 as an office volunteer and joined the staff in late November 2019 as Office Administrator. She experienced the loss of her mother among others, and also wanted to get involved in the community as she has done while living in many cities across the U.S. Colleen has utilized her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling degree to coordinate services for several populations of people in need, both in counseling and management roles. She felt ‘at home’ with New Hope and wanted to share in the passion of this team to support those in grief. Originally from Ohio (but moved to our area from New York), Colleen resides with her husband in Canton, and has four young adult daughters.

Emily Ryan

Project Coordinator

Emily came to New Hope in the Spring of 2020 as Project Coordinator. She originally joined the staff in the Fall of 2019 as an intern. When she was a teenager, she experienced the loss of two of her close friends. Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. She has participated with New Hope in facilitating workshops and seminars, coordinating the holiday event, grant writing, and as our unofficial tech guru. In her spare time, Emily loves reading and doing yoga. Originally from Chicago, Emily resides with her two dogs in Royal Oak and looks forward to taking on new hats in her new role within our office.

Board of Directors

Steve Rowley, Chairman

Tom Krause, Secretary

Kevin Bullock

Debbie Damesworth

Bob Kalec

Maryellen Lewandowski

Alan Walthall

Beth Santer

Kristen Ryeson

Kathy Swierlik

Ed Doody

Advisory Committee

Chip DeClue 

Beth Voyles

Founding Directors

Cathy Clough, Founder & Executive Director Emeritus 

John Baird, Founding Board Chairman

Annual Reports

Join Our Team

To learn more about any opportunities to join our team or get involved, email jennifer@newhopecenter.net

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