The most important creations are born out of necessity and sheer inspiration.

This is the story of Ray of Hope.

In the spring of 2019, two women in the Jewish community met and discovered that they shared a mutual need. Despite their experiences of personal healing, and despite supportive connections with family and friends, they each lived with their individual secret. With nobody else to share and identify with, loneliness and isolation were a burden that did not get any lighter with the passage of time.

Thus, the realization dawned that perhaps at times even more meaningful than professional help, survivors and their families need community. And their efforts proved to be groundbreaking.

What began with just one small support group, and within a short amount of time, Ray of Hope developed into an organization entirely and exclusively devoted to the care of male and female survivors of sexual abuse and their families, with membership spanning across the US and abroad.

Our bottom line: Even one person or family struggling with the isolation and loneliness caused by sexual abuse is too many.

Thus, the realization dawned that perhaps at times even more meaningful than professional help, survivors and their families need community. And their efforts proved to be groundbreaking.

What began with just one small support group, and within a short amount of time, Ray of Hope developed into an organization entirely and exclusively devoted to the care of male and female survivors of sexual abuse and their families, with membership spanning across the US and abroad.

Our bottom line: Even one person or family struggling with the isolation and loneliness caused by sexual abuse is too many.

Extending lifelines

Above all else, opportunities for peer-based connection and support are most fundamental to the sexual abuse survivor’s healing process.
The loneliness, feeling “different than”, and sense of isolation, creates a pain that feels like cruel punishment for abusive experiences that were never one’s fault in the first place.

No survivor and survivor’s family should ever have to experience this “solitary confinement”.

Enter Ray of Hope.

One person at a time, and one family at a time, connections are developed. And where there was once painful solitude, there is now a caring community.

David Kohn, LCSW, CASAC
CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER

Inspired from Within

Our community in action

Community is not necessarily the neighborhood where one lives. True community is where one is safe to be themselves, where mutual identification, understanding, care and support are the norm. Survivors and their families have been through enough; as Jews we hold dear values such as family, lovingkindness, and generosity. Ray of Hope is the very best expression of these values.

Our extensive collaboration

Proud Member of OU’s Impact Accelerator

Inspired from within

Frequently asked questions

How does one join the Ray of Hope community?
Simply contact us. If your life has been personally impacted by sexual abuse, we want to be of support to you. Our Care Management program offers resources and general support, and it is the doorway into all that Ray of Hope can provide.
After I contact Ray of Hope, what happens next?
Once you reach out, one of our care managers will be in touch with you. You will be sent an intake form with basic information, and after that has been submitted, you will receive a link to meet with our Director of Intake virtually. These intro meetings are usually about 30 minutes in length, and are an opportunity to hear more about Ray of Hope and to allow our Director of Intake to get to know you a bit to see how our organization can best support you.
What is a Ray of Hope support group?
Our groups are a unique blend: professionally facilitated by therapists who are expert in trauma, combined with a warm, caring and supportive community. Held every other week, each 90 minute group takes place in a discreet and comfortable setting (or online for remote groups), and remains limited to a maximum of 8-10 members per group. Each four month interval provides members the choice to renew their group commitment, and provides the opportunity for new member additions.
Are there requirements to join a ROH peer support group?
The primary requirement for joining a group is that you, or a spouse have a history of sexual abuse. We also ask that all our group members are currently seeking their own therapeutic support- we ask for consent to speak to a therapist prior to a member joining a group. The reason for this is because our groups are not clinical, and therefore, it is important to have a space to properly process your own individual journey with sexual abuse.
What if I don’t want to join a ROH peer support group?
No problem! We are here for you in the way that feels more supportive for you! If a peer support group isn’t what you are looking for, we can still be here for you as a community, with free access to our trauma informed yoga classes, connections to referral and financial aid organizations, our newsletters and new initiatives coming soon such as a mentorship program and a help line.
Is there a fee to access Ray of Hope services?
There is no fee to become a member of Ray of Hope. Any Jewish person who reaches out and has a history of sexual abuse will be scheduled for an intro call and will be a member of our organization. There is a fee for our bi-monthly peer support groups, which are heavily subsidized and facilitated by a trauma informed licensed mental health professional.
Is everything confidential?
Yes. Your personal information is protected, and members sign a confidentiality agreement prior to joining a ROH peer support group. We work diligently to ensure that ROH is a safe and protected space in every way.
What is trauma informed yoga?
Trauma informed yoga is not necessarily typical exercise yoga. There is a focus on breath, mindfulness and somatic attunement. We partnered with Exhale to Inhale, a non-profit organization that offers trauma informed yoga free of charge to all ROH members. There is access to both live and prerecorded classes. Our care manager will send the information to register.

We’re here to help.

There’s power and
healing in community.