About Lisa Story
Lisa Story is the founder and Executive Director of Hope Grows. The first year after her father died, Lisa expressed a need to heal her mind, body, and soul. As unpredictable as nature, Lisa felt as if she was going in many different directions and expressed the need to keep evolving with her life.
As a child, Lisa cannot remember a time where she was not in nature exploring and as an adult she became an avid flower gardener. After her father died, she began, along with the help of her family, planting her first vegetable garden. At that time she noticed changes with the physical, psychological, and spiritual stress associated with the loss.
After researching the needs of Pittsburgh, Lisa realized a lack of support for caregivers to take a ‘short break’ away from the daily stress of caring for someone. The idea of providing an overnight wellness style Bed and Breakfast with healing and restorative gardens for caregivers was growing in her mind. Understanding that taking care of someone can cause stress that eventually spirals out of control, caregivers can gain much needed strength through utilizing the services and resources at Hope Grows.
Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Thanatologist with experience working in hospice and grief. Lisa holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University, a Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Waynesburg University, and a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy from the Horticultural Therapy Institute from Denver, Colorado. She has written programs using gardens and nature as a way to understand grief and understanding the elements of self-care while caring for others.