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Hope for the Hurting

by Anjali Smith based on Future Story module "Hope is Huge" by DeAnna Gallagher

Hope allows us to envision a better future and take actionable steps towards that vision. It is our perceived ability to accomplish our goals and create the future we dream of. Therefore, in order to rediscover hope, we must change our thinking.

One of our key goals in surrounding the homeless and hurting in our community is to help instill in them deep, sustainable hope and change the cycles of negative thinking. Each member in our team is continually seeking ways to instill this hope into the homeless and needy.

In research performed on the impact of hope, Positive Psychology has found that hope is key in shaping an individual’s overall well-being and influencing actions and outcomes. Positive Psychologist C. R. Snyder explains in his book “The Psychology of Hope” that

1. Hope promotes a sense of purpose and motivation.

Hope helps us to set and work towards meaningful goals, even in the face of challenges or setbacks. Hope allows us to envision a better future and take actionable steps towards that vision.

2. Hope cultivates resilience, enabling us to bounce back from adversity.

Hope instills a belief that obstacles can be overcome and positive change is possible.

Hopeful individuals tend to maintain an optimistic outlook, which supports their overall well-being and reinforces healthy coping strategies.

3. Hope serves as a healthy coping mechanism during difficult times.

Hope provides emotional support and encourages problem-solving and proactive behaviors. Hope fuels initiative.

Hopeful individuals are more likely to seek social support, explore alternative solutions, and maintain a positive mindset when faced with challenges as opposed to turning to harmful coping methods and numbing.

Hope itself is key to surrounding ourselves with and staying connected to healthy community.

4. Hope improves mental health, including lowering levels of depression, anxiety, and psychological distress.

5. Hope enhances physical health.

According to research, hopeful individuals may engage in healthier behaviors such as practicing self-care, seeking medical attention when needed, and better adhering to treatment plans.

6. Hope fosters a positive mindset, a sense of agency, and an ability to find meaning and fulfillment in life. Hope facilitates joy.

This hope that reinvigorates and brings life isn’t passive wishing or casual daydreaming. It’s actionable hope - hope that sets realistic goals, develops strategies, and takes action towards desired outcomes. It is resolute hope that holds to the promise of good ahead despite the challenges faced. Hope inspired and sustained by the Holy Spirit is the hope which will not disappoint.

Instilling hope is a key part of our Future Story classes. To learn more about Future Story, inquire about attending a class, or attend an upcoming Future Story Facilitator training, please contact us here!

We are always looking for people in our community with a heart to walk alongside the hurting and at-risk and equip them with the skills and tools to walk in the life they hope for. If you would like to get involved in Shasta Thrive, please let us know! We would love to have you join our team. We have volunteer needs in a variety of capacities.

  • Future Story Facilitators

  • Mentors for the homeless

  • Mentors for those coming out of rehab and in transitional housing

  • Event and Administrative Volunteers

Not quite sure where you fit? If you have a heart to get involved, we would love to connect with you! We believe every person has unique skills and giftings necessary for the transformation of a community.


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