Project Stitch

What Is It?

Project Stitch is a new Hope Grows program that engages volunteers to sew neck wraps, hand warmers, and face masks for family caregivers and their care receivers.

Through these hand-sewn gifts, caregivers are provided with simple ways to find soothing, comfort, and protection.

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How Does It Work?

Volunteers sign up by emailing info@hopegrows.net or by calling 412.369.4673.

Hope Grows arranges for a kit containing all materials and directions needed to create the items to be picked up and returned at Hope Grows. (curb-side during COVID-19).

Volunteers follow the directions, cut the fabric, sew the items, and return them to Hope Grows where items are re-sanitized and distributed to family caregivers. Hope Grows has some kits already cut, ready to sew. In this case, possible mailing of kits can occur, depending on the amount of kits wanted.

(See COVID-19 disclaimer below.)

COVID-19 Disclaimer

Fabrics have been thoroughly cleaned before and after assembly. Our washing agents and practices are designed to kill viruses such as the common cold and flu. Based on current guidance, we have no reason to believe that our processes are ineffective against COVID-19. According to the CDC, flu viruses are killed by heat above 167°. Every item is then enclosed in plastic for protection and cleanliness.

Project Stitch

Why Now?

During these challenging times, family caregivers may find it harder than usual to provide care and comfort to their care recipients and to practice much-needed self-care.

Also, during crisis times, there are many people who want to help, but aren’t sure how.

Project Stitch fills both needs as it engages the care and talents of volunteers to create caregiver gifts that also serve as sources of soothing, comfort, and precaution.

To volunteer or receive more information, email info@hopegrows.net or call 412-369-4673.

Programs and Services

Learn about how our Cultivating Model is carried out in our programs and services.

Programs from Hope Grows are specifically designed to provide options and solutions for the caregiver. Our staff is certified to provide counseling in-person, telephonic, and/or group settings. Our therapeutic gardens serves as a place of respite for caregivers during counseling sessions or a therapeutic break.

Whether you find yourself in a caregiver role for the first time, have spent years being a caregiver, or have lost the person you were caring for, we understand the unique challenges that you face. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you remain in the best mental, emotional, and physical shape to continue to provide the best care possible for your care receiver. Let us be your support system as you continue in this caregiver role or when adjusting to Life after Caregiving becomes necessary.

THINK caregiver

Our virtual support program connects caregivers to personalized training and community support across a vast network throughout the country.

Connect with Hope Grows in their mission to provide caregivers and supporters short moments of encouragement, respite and purpose with simple self-care suggestions. Our knowledgeable staff provides emotional coaching, resources and referrals as needed by the caregiver.

Want more information?

Please fill out form or Call Hope Grows at 412-369-4673 or email info@hopegrows.net.

Counseling & Support

Hope Grows provides mental health counseling, support groups, and psychoeducation to individuals and families who serve as a caregiver personally and professionally.  This support provides a network to encourage caregivers to process the mind, body, and spiritual stress associated with the role of caregiver and enhances skills to care for their care recipients.

Individual and Family Counseling is provided by a Master’s-level or higher trained professional counselor.

The counselor meets the caregiver at their desired location for a small travel fee.

Hope Grows does not currently accept insurance but provides a sliding scale fee schedule.

Contact us for more information or to set an appointment, or complete this form and we will respond with our recommendations.

Hope Grows conducts a variety of support groups infused with our therapeutic blend of mindfulness and horticultural therapy.

Life After Caregiving

(Bereavement/Caregiver Identity Loss Peer Support Group)
Life After Caregiving is a monthly peer support group for caregivers who have lost their loved one and are struggling with identity loss.  Services provided by a master’s level counselor or trained volunteer. Contact info@hopegrows.net to find out how Hope Grows can incorporate this program at your location.

Currently, Hope Grows hosts a Life after Caregiving group at the Hope House in Moon Township, PA every 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:30 pm. The group is an ongoing monthly support program.  For more information regarding this support group, contact Hope Grows at info@hopegrows.net or 412-369-4673.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week.  Two experienced Class Leaders conduct the series (many are experienced caregivers themselves, who have successfully applied the techniques they teach).  Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

Family Caregiver Series – Joy of Living

The series is to encourage and empower caregivers by using empowering, calming, and naturally healing mind and body practices to bring awareness and personal growth to the caregiver’s journey of ‘joyful caring.’ By integrating the Hope Grows Therapeutic Respite™ model of support that integrates ecopsychology, a proven scientific approach exploring a humans’ psychological interdependence with the rest of nature and the implications for identity, health, and well-being, caregivers can find a safe way to apply ecological and psychological principles to integrate a piece of earth for peace of mind™.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week.  Two experienced Class Leaders conduct the series.

Interested in hosting the series, give Hope Grows a call.

Therapeutic Respite

Take a Break in the Dirt
Take a Break in the Dirt is a seasonal, volunteer-run, adaptive gardening program that engages children with disabilities, ages 5-18, in gardening and nature…

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Short Break Programs
Short Break Programs consist of horticultural therapy activities and programs where Hope Grows brings their ‘classroom’ to your facility, while you, the professional caregiver…

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Therapeutic Respite

  • Essential Oils Classes
  • Nature Walks
  • Labyrinth Walks

Education & Training

Hope Grows provides professional education and training to enhance the knowledge of the professional health care community about the needs of the family caregiver. Facilities and professionals may contact us at info@hopegrows.net for more information on topics and continuing education credits.

Continuing Education

Grief and Bereavement

Stress Management

Future of Hope Grows – Hope House & Hope Center

The Hope House is a place for both current and past caregivers to engage in an overnight wellness respite style Bed and Breakfast. The building will accommodate the caregiver by providing a place of refuge and restorative care for the mind, body, and spirit.  Whether the caregiver needs rest or rejuvenation, the Hope House will exemplify our focus areas of services: counseling/support, therapeutic respite, and education/training and serve as a monument to the Hope Grows model of caregiver support and wellness.

The Hope House is surrounded by six healing and restorative gardens with plans to develop the remaining 2 acres with a labyrinth, pond, chapel area, and a forest garden to name a few. The caregiver, if interested, will be able to engage actively in the daily activities or passively through nature appreciation. Learning how to use the gardens therapeutically is a goal during the visit.

The Hope House plans to open its door as soon as zoning approval and funding are secured and renovations are complete.

If you are inspired to help with this projected goal, become a supporter of hope.

For questions or comments, contact support@hopegrows.net or call 412-369-HOPE (4673).

Caregiver Resources

Below you will find resources for caregivers. These sites provide information for caregivers in all situations. Please visit these sites for more information.

The National Alliance for Caregiving   http://www.caregiving.org

Caring.com    http://www.caring.com

Helping you Care    http://www.helpingyoucare.com

Senior Living Advisors   http://www.seniorlivingadvisorsltd.com

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