PLATINUM2024

Helping Parents Heal, Inc

Sharing the Journey from Bereaved to Shining Light Parent

aka Helping Parents Heal   |   CAVE CREEK, AZ   |  www.helpingparentsheal.org

Mission

Helping Parents Heal is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting bereaved parents to become Shining Light Parents by providing support and resources to aid in the healing process. We go a step beyond other groups by allowing the open discussion of spiritual experiences and evidence for the afterlife, in a non-dogmatic way. Affiliate groups welcome everyone regardless of religious (or non-religious) background and allow for open dialog.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are grateful to have hosted our Second Helping Parents Heal Conference in Phoenix, Arizona from August 18-21, 2022. Almost 900 parents and siblings of children who have passed attended, and we had 44 distinguished presenters from the grief and afterlife communities. Thanks to the generous donations that we received for the conference, we were not only able to make it more affordable, including all of the activities and meals in one low price, but we were able to offer 110 scholarships to the four-day event. In August, 2024, we plan to host our Third Helping Parents Heal Conference in Phoenix, AZ from August 22-25. We will welcome 1000 parents and 50 distinguished presenters from the Grief and Afterlife communities. We hope to have twice as many scholarships for parents at that time. We truly appreciate your donations to Helping Parents Heal, Inc, which allow us to reach and help more parents and families to heal.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Elizabeth Boisson

Vice-President

Irene Vouvalides

Main address

40955 N SPUR CROSS RD

CAVE CREEK, AZ 85331 USA

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EIN

46-4475197

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Helping Parents Heal is a nonprofit organization that helps parents and families heal from the passing of one or more children. We go a step beyond other organizations by allowing the open discussion of spiritual experiences and evidence for the afterlife, in a non-dogmatic way. We have many tools available through our Helping Parents Heal website, Facebook site, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube Channel to help parents and families with resources that are free of charge, including Affiliate groups that are either in a specific area of the US or the world, with monthly in person meetings, or remote, special-interest groups that meet by Zoom at least once a month. We have a group of 34 Caring Listeners who are willing to talk in person, by phone, or by Zoom. These 34 volunteer parents, led by Dr. Mark Pitstick and Lynn Hollahan, speak the ten following languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Romanian, Hindi, Russian and Norwegian.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Helping Parents Heal Bi-Annual Conferences

We have held two Helping Parents Heal Conferences and have contracted for a Third in 2024. Our First Helping Parents Heal Conference was held in Scottsdale, AZ at the Embassy Suites in April 19-22, 2018, and 500 parents attended. We gave 60 scholarships to the conference. Our second conference, which was held in Phoenix, AZ at the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass from August 18-21, 2022, welcomed 900 parents and 44 presenters for 4 days. The registration included all of the presenters and all meals were included. We were grateful that we were able to keep the registration price down because our presenters donated their time and services free of charge. We were also able to give out over 110 scholarships to the event. Our Third Helping Parents Heal Conference will be held from August 22-25, 2024, at the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ. We plan to welcome 1000 parents and donate even more scholarships through fundraising efforts.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

Our 34 Caring Listeners are willing to talk in person, by phone, or by Zoom. They each are bereaved parents who have moved forward and want to help others. The Caring Listeners are led by Dr. Mark Pitstick and Lynn Hollahan. We have Spanish-Speaking, French-speaking, Italian-Speaking, Cantonese-Speaking, Romanian-Speaking, Hindi-Speaking, Russian-Speaking, Mandarin-Speaking, and Norwegian-Speaking, Caring Listeners as well.
Our Caring Listeners understand and have been on this path of healing, navigating the way with the help of others. They offer this help to other parents as well, with a shoulder to lean on, a voice of comfort, and resources.
They cannot counsel parents, but they can guide them in a direction that feels safe. Caring Listeners are all available to do whatever we can to provide tools and peace. This service is free of charge.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families

Helping Parents Heal currently has 175 Affiliate Groups located in the US, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Norway, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. The groups are led by parents who have also had children pass. They held in-person meetings until the pandemic, and now continue to hold meetings at least once a month by Zoom. We also have many special-interest Affiliate Groups, including Helping Fathers Heal and Helping Siblings Heal.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families

The Helping Parents Heal Main Group holds Zoom meetings 2 times a week, MT and Th from 8 - 9 pm EST. These meetings are open to all parents, all over the world, and they are recorded and uploaded to YouTube for those who are not able to attend. We invite experts from the Grief and Afterlife communities to present during these meetings, and the YouTube videos are available on our website. We currently have over 520 healing YouTube presentations available to parents, siblings and family members of children who have passed. We also have Affiliate Group meetings throughout the week and all over the world, both in person and by Zoom.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families

Where we work

Awards

Most Nurturing Bereaved Parents Support Group - USA 2023

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'Helping Parents Heal - The Book' voted Best Christian Books on Grief 2022

https://www.choosingtherapy.com/

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Parents, LGBTQ people, Ethnic and racial groups, Religious groups

Related Program

Helping Parents Heal Bi-Annual Conferences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

~In 2018 we had 500 parents participate in our 1st Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. 60 parents had scholarships. ~In 2022 we had 900 parents /110 scholarships. ~In 2024: 1000 parents/120 scholarships.

Number of volunteer management professionals trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Religious groups, LGBTQ people, Families, Parents

Related Program

Helping Parents Heal Affiliate Groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We trained three Affiliate Directors in 2023 to train and onboard national and international Affiliate Leaders. They are located in Canada, New York and Virginia.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The role and purpose of the Board Member is to offer friendship, understanding, and hope to families that have experienced the passing of a child and to operate as a liaison for Helping Parents Heal, Inc.

One of the unique aspects of HPH relates to the open discussion of spiritual experiences and afterlife evidence. This discussion can be tremendously healing because it addresses the need for hope that bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings often experience.

There is no religious affiliation, and Helping Parents Heal, Inc. charges no individual membership fees or dues. All family members who have experienced the passing of a child are welcome. Founded in Arizona in 2009, Helping Parents Heal, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit incorporation in 2012. Under that provision, the organization's more than 175 local Affiliate Groups throughout the US, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Norway, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand also operate. We currently have over 30,000 parents and siblings who belong to Helping Parents Heal, Inc.

We offer support through resources that are available free of charge, including our Affiliate Meetings, both by Zoom and in person, our 34 volunteer Caring Listeners, who speak ten different languages, our Main Group Zoom meetings with experts from the Grief and Afterlife Communities, which are posted to YouTube (we currently have over 520 videos available), our individual Facebook Groups for each Affiliate Group, our list of recommended reading as well as recommended Providers, and our bi-annual Helping Parents Heal Conference, to which 900 parents attended in 2022. We provided 110 scholarships to this event and plan to donate even more at our 2024 Third Helping Parents Heal Conference. Helping Parents Heal has also published a book to help parents move forward and heal. It is available on Amazon, entitled 'Life to Afterlife: Helping Parents Heal - the Book.' We give it away for free through Amazon Kindle every three months.

Our most important goal as we move forward is to raise awareness for our group through advertising and marketing to allow more parents and families to know about the free resources and peer support available through Helping Parents Heal. Our organization is currently 100% volunteer-based, and we would like to research grants to provide funding for administrative roles, advertising and marketing, and diversity outreach.

Helping Parents Heal offers a wide variety of ongoing Zoom meetings to allow parents and families to move forward and heal. This is done through an underlying belief that our loved ones in spirit are happy, healthy and whole, and that they want us to be so as well. We hold Affiliate meetings, group meditations, guided meditations, Reiki sessions, Music Therapy, Gentle Yoga, Yoga Nidra, one-on-one discussions with the Caring Listeners, and many other modalities to help parents their own preferred way of healing. We also have a strong Zoom presence for the main group, and hold at least 2 meetings a week. These meetings are recorded uploaded to Youtube so that people throughout the world can watch and benefit. We currently have over 520 YouTube videos with experts from the Grief and Afterlife communities. All of our resources are free of charge.

We also hold a Helping Parents Heal Conference once every two years. The first conference was held at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale in April 2018, and had room for 500 parents and 40 speakers. It sold out immediately. We gave away 50 scholarships at that conference.

The second Helping Parents Heal conference was held at the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix in August 2022 and had room for 900 parents and 44 speakers. It sold out immediately. We gave away 110 scholarships.

Our third Helping Parents Heal conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix in August 2024 and we will have room for 1000 parents and 50 speakers. We expect it to sell out immediately.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Helping Parents Heal, Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Ireland

Helping Parents Heal

Term: 2018 -

Mark Ireland

Helping Parents Heal

Elizabeth Boisson

Helping Parents Heal

Irene Vouvalides

Helping Parents Heal

Doryce Norwood

Helping Parents Heal

Ernie Jackson

Helping Parents Heal

Jeff Hollahan

Helping Parents Heal

Brian Smith

Helping Parents Heal

Carol Allen

Helping Parents Heal

Laurie Savoie

Helping Parents Heal

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/3/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.