The Hope Floats Mission

Hope Floats is a bereavement and educational center for adults, children, teens, and their families who are grieving, dealing with illness or facing other life challenges. We offer free support services that bring hope and healing to those in need.

 

Watch our Hope Floats video created by Jacob Barr

Hope Floats’ free support services continue to grow in response to the pressing needs of our community. We offer peer-led support groups for adults and families in a safe environment where participants share and process their grief with others. Our goal is to help children, adults, and families cope with their grief in healthy ways.

Hope Floats currently provides fifteen groups for a variety of losses, led by trained peer facilitators who often have shared experiences with group members. These include groups for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide, overdose or addiction, partner-spouse loss, sibling loss for young adults, and men who have lost a child.

In addition, Hope Floats also offers Mike's Club, a growing support group for children, teens, and their families, including parenting adults. Entire families may gather in this setting alongside others coping with either the loss of a child or parent. Mike’s Club provides separate groups for sibling loss and one for the death of a parent/caregiver. The children process their grief through activities, arts and crafts, and games with the help of trained support staff, therapists and social workers.

We also offer a Mike's Club program to children who have a parent/caregiver who is dealing with cancer or a life limiting illness.

Our day-long support retreats enable people with similar losses or those who are dealing with an illness to gather together. These retreats include yoga, meditation, group discussion and mini-body treatments.

We are grateful to continue this outreach into Hope Floats’ eleventh year.

Hope Floats is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. All of our funding comes from grants, fundraisers and private donations.mFor a list our our support groups, retreats and guest speaker events click here for a list of support services.

About Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center

Hope Floats Logo - Girl on SwingHope Floats film created by Andrew Lowery and Justin Maloney, January 2015

In 2008 Ken and Denise Brack created Hope Floats in memory of their son Michael, who passed in 2002. Having learned how such a loss is devastating and isolating, they wanted to offer support and resources to others going through a similar crisis. Today the center offers a variety of free support groups, support retreats and complementary wellness classes, body treatments and workshops.

 

Grant Partners

We are grateful for the support from the following organizations:

Hope Floats 7th Annual Memory Walk - A walk to remember our loved ones

Save the Date...April 25, 2020!

Click here to view the many donations made in loving memory of people who are loved missed every day.

memorial donations

Private donations have been made in memory of the following people who are loved and missed every day.

Donations Made In Loving Memory of...

Michael Thomas Brack ~ Joan H. Brack ~ Jonathan Rizzo ~ Pat Tessieir ~ Michael Lally ~ Acacia Rizzo ~ Lisa Rizzo ~ Tracey & Brett ~ David Manning Jr. & David Manning III ~ Katie Quellette ~ Catherine Walsh Marston & Mary Moore ~ Jonathan Pettey ~ David Murphy ~ Michael Harrington ~ Dot Lamb ~ Brain T. Dagle ~ Dorothy Marie Creutz ~ Kevin Graden ~ Christopher P. Tyrell ~  Susan Harlfinger ~ Nicole Vickery Brooks ~ Ed Gillespie ~ Dr. William Derrickson  ~ Paul Weis ~  Robert A. Bergstrom ~ Irene Armstrong & Ruth Gens ~ Helen Rivlin ~ Matt LaGreca ~ Philip "PJ" Jones ~ Larry King ~ Tyler Ahern Brown ~ Norman Shepard ~ Marcie Winokur ~ Shauna Barker ~ Fred Jenkins ~ Joanie Brack ~ Patricia O'McAlpin ~ Milton Steinberg ~ Brendan Grant ~ Emmanuel Riego Dedios ~  Mary V. Morrissey ~ James & Helen Neylon ~  Ethan Connelly ~ Marjorie Chagon Shea ~ Michael Brack & Joanie Haskell Brack ~ Tom Garrigan ~ Robert A. Bergstrom ~ Heidi Ferguson ~ Christopher Wood ~ Patrick Adams ~ Krystal Hogan ~ Dennis McElhinney Jr. ~ Carol Graham ~ Chelsea Nickerson, Brother Bill, Meme & Pepe ~  Jamie K. Neal ~  Douglas Harvey Sr. ~ Brianna Rooney ~  Andy Craig ~ Melanie Powell ~ Grace Brien ~ Susan Harlfinger ~ Jeffrey Berger ~ Bob Shaffer ~ Ginny Karbott ~ Heidi E. Ferguson ~ Dorothy Marie Creutz ~ Jerry & Glenn Lehman ~ Paul Giaccaglia ~ David Tully O'Callaghan ~ Gerry DeBiasi, Sr. ~ Keith Thornley ~ Norman C. Shepherd ~ Brian Dagle ~ Robert A. Bergstrom ~ Margaret Laciak ~  Steven Jackman ~ Carol L. Graham ~ Jillian E. Phillips ~ Robert T. Keane ~ James Wright ~ Vinny Traficante ~  Michael Barrett ~ Chris Dodge ~ Sam Beattie ~ Tony Stevenson & Leah Lorenzetti ~ Jonathan Sheedy ~ Leonard O'Hara and Colleen O'Hara Collins ~  Stephen F. Nava  ~ Lauren Aikens ~ Caroline Bevilacqua O’Connor ~ Andrew Miller  ~ Mic Flick ~  Rebecca Pintabone & Jimmy Tribble ~ Ian ~ Doug Wood ~ Paul Rudeen Jr. ~ John C. Corr & Ben Daniels ~ Jesse Napolitano ~ Faith Braddock ~ Ainsley Grace & Garrett Sullivan ~ K Matthew Benting ~ J. Douglas Wright ~ Jackson William Girouard ~ Patricia Tessier (Patty Pearl) ~ Mike Brack ~Tony Colarusso ~ Eric James Malone ~ David Jude Murphy ~ Matthew G . Sullivan IV ~ Lauren E. Aikens ~ Richard Oler ~  Robert Keane ~ Grace ~ Scott D. Simard ~Colleen McCarthy ~Peggy & Carl Erikksson ~  Doug Wood ~ Dennis J. McElhinney Jr. ~ Robert Alberino ~ Will Golden ~ Alexandria Norman ~ Mike, Joannie and Chris ~ John Corr ~ Shauna Marie Stella ~ Kate McCarthy ~ Rebecca  Pintabone and Jimmy Tribble ~ Emma Ryan ~ Mary Silvia ~ Nancy, Roger, Brian and Kevin Graden ~ Barry P. Brady ~ Christopher Allan ~ Mike, Joanie and Christopher ~ John Phillip ~ Jared Quirk ~ Will Golden ~ Brendan Kane Keohan II ~ Donald Wolff ~ Ruth Gens & Cathrine Walsh ~ Tina Nickerson ~ David Forgit ~ Ian Anderson ~ John Corr ~ Brendan Woods ~ Scott Simard ~ Jillian E. Phillips ~ Robert J. Keane ~ Philip Albert Forsman ~ S. Christopher Allan ~ Barry Patrick Brady ~ Arthur "Skip" Mitton ~ Michael J. Golden ~ Ivan Greenfield ~ Gerace Brien ~ Sara Tucker ~ Katelyn E. Ribbee ~ Andrew Warhaftig ~ Caden and Colby Hourahan ~ Ralph and Eileen Miller ~ Molly Ryan ~ Shaelyn Marie Allen ~ Jinny McCullough ~ Joyce A. Kimball ~ Andy DiPasqua ~ William Barker ~Robert A. Bergstrom ~ Roy A. St. Pierre ~ Michael Andrew Moraes ~Suzanne Smith ~ Matthew Kenney ~ Michael R. Catania

Donations Made In Honor of...

All the Hope Floats Angels ~  Mike Brack ~Kate Otto Macuch ~ Mike and Regina Quirk ~ Doug Wright ~ Bob Brack ~ Cora ~ Janice Mello ~ Denise and Ken Brack ~ Jackson Girouard  ~ Claire Manganello

 

If you would like to share your story about your experience at Hope Float visit Great Non-Profits.

The American Red Cross Hero Award

Presented to Denise Brack, April 13, 2016

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Some of our Hope Floats Team

Linda Sheldon, Denise & Ken Brack

Linda Sheldon, Denise & Ken Brack