Journey To Hope Support Groups


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Our mission statement is:

We are an ecumenical ministry that promotes health, positive relationships, and support for life’s transitions through a program of support groups, coaching groups, seminars, and workshops, all of which support individuals growing into their best selves, the person God meant them to be.

A resource & gift to the community: 

Most of our programs are provided without charge to the participants. Those that do have charges do so because of the cost of the program materials and resources. You may register by phone (513) 931-5777 or by clicking through the links below to Eventbrite for online registration.

All Greater Cincinnati community members are welcome! We are located at the corner of Woodview and Compton Road, one block east off of Winton Road, north of the Ronald Reagan (Cross County) Highway. Click here for Google Map and Directions

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Your financial gifts to Journey to Hope provide Hope to hundreds in our community. The research shows that when someone has an increased sense of Hope they are more productive, engaged, happier, more optimistic, and their absenteeism at work even goes down! Your donation directly changes lives by instilling Hope in those we serve.

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We need your contribution today to change lives tomorrow.

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Support & Coaching Groups available at Journey to Hope include:

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Support & Coaching Groups


Art of Discovery and Self-Care

Six week group begins Winter 2018

Do you consider yourself vulnerable? Being open about our many stressors in life is vital when it comes to self-care. When we bottle things up, they tend to weigh us down until eventually bubbling over in ways that can cause damage to ourselves and others. Once we have the ability to express our anxiety, sadness, anger, and fear, however, we can start finding ways to deal with our emotions. Throughout this 6-week series, we’ll explore what it means to be vulnerable, and we’ll try new activities (everything from photography, boxing, and volunteering, to name a few) that will prompt us to get out of our comfort zones, perhaps discovering a new hobby or coping mechanism along the way. The goal: to become confident in the ways in which we go about life. Call (513) 931-5777 or email  for more information about this group. Register @ Eventbrite

Branding and Marketing YOU in Your Job Search

Four week workshop begins Monday, June 5, 1:30 – 3 PM 

A four week, hands-on, interactive workshop provides an opportunity to craft your messages, tap into the wisdom of the group, and practice your messages to develop a well-crafted marketing campaign. You’ll leave with concrete tools to use immediately in your networking activities.  Pre-registration required. Call (513) 931-5777 or email  for more information about this group. Register @ Eventbrite


Six week group begins Wednesday, May 17, 7-8:30 PM 

When we lose a loved one to death we feel pain in our hearts, our minds and our bodies.  This group will explore ways to release the pain of loss through relaxation breathing techniques, easy movement and stretches, guided meditation and journaling. For adults 18 years and older who have lost a loved one to death. Mats, bolsters, straps, blocks, blankets and journals provided [dress comfortably!]. Cost is $50.00. Facilitated by: Teresa Dutko,  MA, FT, Bereavement Educator, Debby Palmisano, MSW, LISW-S, CT, Bereavement Coordinator. Call 931-5777 or email   to register or for additional information.  Pre-registration required. Register @ Eventbrite

Caregivers’ Group

Meets monthly on the 1st Sunday, 3:30 – 5 PM (except July)
If the 1st Sunday falls on a holiday weekend the group meets on the 2nd Sunday.

Caregivers devote as little as 5 minutes a week or as much as 24 hours a day to providing or supervising the care for a loved one who is disabled, frail, or elderly. It can be both physically and emotionally demanding! Meetings start with a brief presentation on a topic of interest, followed by a support session with others who share your experience to discuss topics like maintaining balance as a caregiver, solving caregiving problems, the guilt/stress of caregiving, and learning to care for yourself. Call 931-5777 or email  for information about this group.  Register @ Eventbrite 

Considering Engagement

Couples who are considering engagement are invited to participate in this program that starts with the Prepare-Enrich online assessment. Couples will explore their strengths and their growing edges around the twelve most common areas for conflict that the assessment examines. Once they’ve completed the assessment they will meet, either in person or by phone/Skype, with a trained facilitator for interpretation of the results and coaching for growth. Couples pay for the cost of materials, which are $45.00. Call 931-5777 or email for more information.

Crohn’s Colitis Support Group

Meets monthly on 3rd Monday, 7-8:30 PM (except January, June, July and December)

For patients with Crohn’s, Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and their families. Materials are provided by Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America. This is an open group that you may join at any time. Leader: Beth Timperman.  Call 931-5777 or email   for additional information.    Register@Eventbrite 

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

Nine week group begins Fall 2017

FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future. It is your Total Money Makeover Program. It takes the knowledge from God and turns it into real action in our lives through a step-by-step process taught by best-selling author and financial counselor Dave Ramsey. This is a life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God’s plan for your life. The course includes practical lessons on eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more! You will learn: 1.) Step-by-Step Cash Flow Planning, 2.) Debt Snowball Plan Technique to Eliminating Debt, and 3.) How to Invest Wisely. This group is for the novice, for the financially distressed – AND the financially secure alike.  Leaders: Ted Barrett.   Cost: $93 + shipping. Call 931-5777 or email   for additional information.

Diabetic Support Group

Meets on 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1:30 – 3 PM 

The group provides an opportunity to meet with health professionals to keep up with the newest developments in the management of diabetes. The experience of group members contributes to the learning process. This group is designed around your concerns. Leader: Kathie Steinhard.  Call 931-5777 or email   for additional information. Register@Eventbrite    

Everyday Spirituality

Four week group begins Summer 2017

Seeing and experiencing the sacred in our lives is the goal of this class; we will use DVD segments from the Spiritual Literacy Project to inspire our observations and discussions. This innovative series is organized around a new “Spiritual Alphabet” of spiritual qualities of mind and heart for practicing spirituality in everyday life. Each week we will study a different letter of the alphabet with group leader and center director, Diane Kinsella. Pre-registration is mandatory. Call 931-5777 or email  to register or for additional information.

Grace Trail

Six week group begins Tuesday, July 18, 7-8:30 PM 

We all know that change is the only constant – and that it is never easy. All of the groups & programs at Journey to Hope are about transitions/changes, whether it is a career change, a new health diagnosis, forgiveness issues,or a death. Some of us are better equipped to handle the change, others take substantially longer, and some never recover. This group is about resiliency – finding a way to cope and then thrive – and is based on Anne Barry Jolles’ book, Grace Trail: Find Your Footing and Move Toward the Life You Were Meant to Live. If you’re ready to bounce back from what’s been holding you down or weighing on you heavily, this group is for you! Pre-registration is mandatory. Call 931-5777 or email   to register or for additional information. Register @ Eventbrite

Grief Coaching Group

Five week group #1 begins Tuesday, February 21, 7-8:30 PM 
Five week group #2 begins Tuesday, May 30, 7-8:30 PM 

This new approach to grief work is focused on guiding participants through the process of mourning their loss and getting started on the road to recovery. Coach leaders will help participants to recognize their own ability to heal, confront the challenges, and take action at a time when these attributes are not readily apparent to a struggling survivor. Pre-registration is mandatory. Call 931-5777 or email   to register or for additional information.  Register for Group #1 @ Eventbrite OR Register for Group #2 @ Eventbrite

Grief through the Long Good-bye

Five week group begins Fall 2017

Prolonged illness can offer blessings as well as challenges for the patient, caregivers, and family members. There are myriad losses and concurrent griefs experienced by everyone involved. Caregiving through this journey can be so all-consuming that the gradual grief work does not happen, leaving the survivors to deal with a more complicated set of emotions to manage after the death. While the grief of survivors of traumatic loss is very readily acknowledged, the death of those who have experienced a more prolonged loss can be minimized by others. In this supportive group we will peel back some of the layers of grief,  begin necessary conversations, and do some grief work that will allow caregivers to walk confidently and hopefully with their loved ones. Register @ Eventbrite

Coping with Grief through the Holidays

Single Session in November 2017

Celebrating the holidays following a loss can present unique challenges. Learn how to honor this grief and support your well being during the holiday season. This single session will cover coping strategies developed through lived experience. Pre-registration required. Call 931-5777 or email Diane Kinsella at  for more information.

Guided Meditation on Forgiveness

Five week group begins Spring 2018

Letting go of old hurts is healing and helps you to strengthen yourself for the journey of life. This forgiveness class can assist you with a gentle process of guided meditation, based on the book Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey, by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Each person can read the book while taking the class, to achieve healing at your own pace. Helpful hand-outs accompany each session. Diane Kinsella leads this transformative group. Pre-registration is mandatory. Call 931-5777 or email   to register or for additional information. Register @ Eventbrite

Holistic Health & Wellness

Five week group begins Fall 2017

Join us to explore this portfolio of practices that help you manage your physical, mental, and spiritual fitness. This fall we’ve invited various practitioners to present information about their healing modality. Please come prepared to soak up new knowledge for your own self-care. Each session will be interactive and dynamic. Mild movement can be expected. Our speakers include practicioners in Healing Touch, Body Talk, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Pal Dan Gum, and other practices. Pre-registration is mandatory. Call 931-5777 or email  to register or for additional information.

Job Search Coaching Group

Six week group begins Thursday, April 20, 7-9 PM, limited to 10 members

Whether you’ve been in a transition for a while or are new to the search, this program combines some “Basic Training,” along with coaching & accountability. The design is to accelerate the speed with which you land your next job. Topics we’ll cover, based on the needs of the group, are: Resumes, LinkedIn, Branding/Marketing, Networking & Recruiters, Interviewing and Communicating Your Message. Led by: Patsy Cress and Nina Talley. Cost: $50.00. Pre-registration mandatory. Call 931-5777 or email Diane Kinsella at   for more information. The only requirement is that you are motivated to make progress in your search! Register @ Eventbrite

Job Search Group

Eleven week series begins on Monday February 6, 1:30 – 3 PM

This seminar series is for those coping with downsizing, or looking to return to the job market. Each week will feature a different speaker, each with a different area of expertise, about conducting a contemporary, successful job search. While there is a sequence to the program, you may join at any time. Participants are also provided with a StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment and individual coaching with Gallup Certified Strengths Performance Coach Diane Kinsella.  Call 931-5777 or email   for additional information. Join this group for any and all sessions that will support you in your transition!  Download the list of speakers   Register @ Eventbrite

LinkedIn SEO

Four week group begins Tuesday, March 7, 7-9 PM

Four week group begins Monday, May 1, 1:30 – 3:30 PM 

LinkedIn is a great professional networking tool. But do you really know or understand how to maximize your LinkedIn profile? Join this learning lab to understand how to improve your chances of being “found” through the search algorithms within LinkedIn Corporate Recruiter, the tool that recruiters and corporations use to find talent—without ever having to post a job listing. Don’t miss opportunities because you were not “findable!” This is hands-on & interactive with “fieldwork” between sessions. Must bring your laptop to work live! This is for people who have a complete LinkedIn profile and are comfortable navigating around this useful tool. Cost: $50; Partial scholarships available for those in transition. Call 931-5777 or email   for scholarship or additional information. Pre-registration required. Register @ Eventbrite for March session OR Register @ Eventbrite for May session

Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction

Thirteen week group begins Wednesday, August 23, 7-9 PM and is limited to 8 participants

Whether it’s moving on from a dead end job, discovering an entirely new creative outlet, or answering the age old question, “What am I meant to do with my life or What I want to do when I grow up,” this group offers a practical program that can help you identify a new life direction—and take steps toward achieving it.

If you are feeling “stuck” in any area of your life, this group is for you! Through this coaching process you will reflect on your life, identify your transferrable skills, identify driving motivators, interrupted dreams & golden threads throughout your life, discover new “packages” for your skills, identify an “ultimate” direction and a strategy for getting there. At the end of our 90 days together you will be headed to a new life direction!

Led by Coach Diane Kinsella, an authorized facilitator of the Now What program. Journey to Hope’s sponsorship of the program reduces the cost to $175.00 [before January 18th], which includes: book, workbook, 28 hours of group coaching, private groups & e-mail access to Coach Diane. After January 18th, the cost is $195.00. Optional private coaching available.  Pre-registration mandatory. Call 931-5777 or email Diane Kinsella at   for more information. Register@Eventbrite 

Preparing for Marriage

Engaged couples complete an online assessment at the Prepare-Enrich website. They are then assigned a mentor couple to walk with them through the workbook and the exciting and emotional time of preparing for marriage. This is for those who are marrying for the first time as well as for those who have been married before. You do not need to be getting married at Northminster to participate. Call 931-5777 or email   for additional information.


QiGong & Tai Chi Flow

Six week series begins Tuesday, July 18, 7-8 PM

Join us this on the Journey to Hope lawn as we study and practice the ancient Chinese holistic system of Qigong (its literal translation is the “cultivation of life force or energy”), which is aimed at integrating posture, breathing, meditation, and movement to enhance spirituality. The beginning weeks will focus on Qigong, so you can then apply your new knowledge into the practice of Tai Chi Flow. No experience is needed. Craig Auburger, who has fifty-five years of experience in martial arts, leads this class. Call 931-5777 or email to register or for additional information. Register @ Eventbrite. 

Strengths Based Career Management @ Covenant First

Four week group begins Wednesday, August 16, 1:15 – 2:45 PM 

Join us for our inaugural “Road Show,” where we take our programming out into the community! This is a program for people who are in a “wrong fit” job or in the job search mode. Your participation in this group will: 1.) Affirm who you are and provide strong language to describe what you uniquely bring to the world and the job market, 2.) Provide directed reflection on your life and work experiences, which will help you to have a better sense of what makes a position a “good fit” for you, and 3.) Expose you to a range of potential careers, based on your strengths, for consideration as you work to “right fit” your career. Participants are provided with the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment to help them on the journey. Anyone who has already taken SF2.0 should use the original results. Leader: Diane Kinsella. Pre-registration is mandatory. Call 931-5777 or email  to register or for additional information. Register @ Eventbrite

VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Program starts in late January 2017 on Wednesdays, 12- 4 PM and continues until  the Wednesday before April 15th 
Computerized programs allow helpers to file your taxes online and get quicker refunds. No reservations needed, first come, first served. If you would like to take advantage of this service you will need to bring: a Photo I.D., Social Security cards, Medicare cards, or other evidence of SS number for all taxpayers and dependents, W-2s, 1099s, records of home mortgage interest and real estate tax paid, and any paperwork relating to Economic Stimulus Payments you may have received. Also clients should bring a copy of last year’s return. Call the church at 931-0243 if you have questions about what you need to bring.


8 week sessions begins Fall 2017

Yoga instructor, Spiritual Director, and Lutheran Diaconal Minister Becky Mastalerz will lead these gentle yoga classes.  There is no pre-registration required, just come! Yoga mat or towel recommended. Class will meet in Founder’s Hall across the parking lot at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Cost: $10 per weekly class, a reduced rate provided through Journey to Hope’s sponsorship. Call 931-5777 or email  to register or for additional information.


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