"You can't possibly know what it's like to finally be free from this burden at this time in my life."
The Hope In Healing Scholarship Fund provides therapy for those who cannot afford our sliding-fee-scale.
All scholarship funds received by clients come from donations that have been directed to the Hope In Healing Fund.
- 100% of donations to the Hope In Healing Fund go directly to clients who qualify for this need-based therapy scholarship.
- Our ability to provide clients with scholarships is determined by the amount of donations directed to the fund.
- $30,000-40,000 of scholarship funds are needed to support survivors who qualify each year.
- 114 men and women who were sexually abused as children have found their path to healing with scholarships for therapy at Shepherd's Counseling Services.
- Named the Hope In Healing: Mary Bayard Honorary Scholarship Fund in honor of Mary Bayard, Shepherd's Counseling Services' Clinical Supervisor from 1992-2009.
- Created 2009
Scholarships reflect our commitment to and donors' understanding of the value of long-term therapy to engage a meaningful process to heal after being sexually abused in childhood.
Hope In Healing scholarships make it possible for low-income survivors to receive specialized and individualized therapy to best meet their needs in healing.
To contribute to the fund, Donate here and indicate that your gift be directed to the Hope In Healing Fund.
Alden saw a poster for Turn the Light On and made his way to the park where people had gathered. He felt uncomfortable with his backpack and disheveled clothes, and the topic, so he stood toward the back of the crowd. When speakers took the stage and shared their stories about being sexually abused as children and their journey to find help and healing, Alden's world began to spin. It had been over 70 years since his childhood, but he remembered his own abuse clearly. He had told no one and believed he would take his secret shame to his grave.
When Alden noticed the word "affordable" next to Shepherd's phone number, he decided to call. He learned that he qualified for our Hope in Healing scholarship. Each week he took the bus to Shepherd's, lugging his big backpack holding most of his worldly goods up the stairs to meet his therapist. Months passed before Alden felt enough trust and safety to reveal the long held story of his abuse by his parish priest and his parents' unwillingness to believe or protect him.
"I believed that the abuse was my fault all these years. I don't think I have many years left to live." With tears streaming down, Alden told his therapist, "You can't possibly know what it's like to finally be free from this burden at this time in my life."
Please help us to continue to provide therapy to people like Alden: make a gift today. Thank you!
The Hope In Healing Fund Story
In honor of Mary Bayard and the hundreds of lives who found help through her warmth, caring and dedication to their healing, we created the Hope In Healing Fund: Mary Bayard Honorary Scholarship in the spring of 2009.
As Shepherd's Clinical Supervisor from 1993 to 2009, Mary Bayard's was the first voice survivors heard in response to their request for help.
Mary's reassuring and welcoming presence has eased the very difficult first steps to begin healing for hundreds of men and women. They often expressed to her in their first visit that they felt hope for the first time.
Mary often commented that needing to turn survivors away when they couldn't afford services was the most difficult part of her job. Without a dedicated fund, serving our lowest fee clients easily compromised our ability to serve other clients.
In honor of Mary's dedication to each and every survivor of childhood sexual abuse and to Shepherd's mission of providing affordable services for all, we created the Hope in Healing Fund.
The Hope in Healing Fund is a pool of funding restricted to the sole purpose of paying the therapy fees that clients who qualify for a scholarship cannot afford. We are able to support scholarship clients based on donations in the fund.
Donate to the Hope In Healing Fund today!