Hope Loves Company recognizes that it is so important, now more than ever, to offer support to children and families affected by ALS. Therefore, we've created programs and resources that can be accessed virtually in the hopes that we can offer you and your family opportunities for fun and relaxation, as well as a safe space to express yourself.
HLC ePals is a digital pen pal program which connects children, teens, and young adults who have or had a loved one with ALS, caregivers and loved ones of ALS, and people living with ALS. ePals will be connected with similarly-aged and like-minded participants and each week, they will receive fun and educational prompts to discuss with their new friend!
Virtual Group Share
A virtual group share, also known as a healing circle, is a peer support group facilitated by grief counselors or mental health professionals. Group shares will be age-appropriate and will take place once a month for two age groups: Hikers, children between 10-12 years old, and Guides, teenagers and young adults 13+. Our goal is to provide a safe space for children, teens, and young adults affected by ALS to express their feelings and experiences and to facilitate fun and meaningful conversation between peers. There will also be Virtual Parent Socials every other month for adults living with ALS, caring for a loved one with ALS, or who have lost a loved one to ALS.
Fall Session Schedule:
Hikers Schedule (10-12 years old)
Hikers Group Shares take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 PM EST.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 @ 7 PM EST
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 7 PM EST
Wednesday, November 11 2020 @ 7 PM EST
Guides Schedule (13-21 years old)
Guides Group Shares take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM EST
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 @ 7 PM EST
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 7 PM EST
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 @ 7PM EST
Virtual Programs, Resources, and Activities
We understand that many children, teens, young adults and families are at home right now and we'd like to provide activities focusing on health and wellness, art, music, and fun! Check our website and social media for videos, livestreams, and virtual meetings. Some activities include scavenger hunts, sing-a-longs, yoga, story time, and more! Please check back for more virtual programming events.
Meet & Greets
Our Meet & Greets will take place over Zoom twice a month for approximately an hour each session. Please join us to meet other families affected by ALS, to share resources, and just to chat, relax, and laugh together!
Meet & Greet Calendar: Summer Session 2020
Friday, 9/25/20 @ 7 PM EST
Friday, 10/16/20 @ 7 PM EST
On Friday, October 16, we have a special guest joining our Parent Meet and Greet: author, Jamie Blair! Jamie's current project, And Love Speaks, a children’s book explaining ALS, is in its early stages of becoming the next picture book that addresses this difficult but necessary topic. Illustrated by the talented Mark Niño Balita, And Love Speaks is on schedule to be released Winter 2020.
Friday, 11/13/20 @ 7 PM EST