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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Support & Coaching Groups available at Journey to Hope include:
- Art of Discovery and Self-Care
- Branding and Marketing YOU in Your Job Search
- Caregivers’ Group
- Considering Engagement
- Crohn’s Colitis Support Group
- Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
- Diabetic Support Group
- Everyday Spirituality
- Grace Trail
- Grief Coaching Group
- Grief through the Long Good-bye
- Coping with Grief through the Holidays
- Guided Meditation on Forgiveness
- Healing Touch – Level I – New in 2016
- Healthy U: Chronic Disease Self-Management
- Holistic Health & Wellness
- Job Search Coaching Group
- Job Search Group
- LinkedIn SEO
- Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction
- Preparing for Marriage
- QiGong & Tai Chi Chuan
- Strengths Based Career Management
- VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Community Seminars available at Journey to Hope include:
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Support & Coaching Groups
Six week group begins Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 AM – Noon
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
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 Tuesday, February 14, 10 AM – Noon
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.
Four introductory sessions: Come to one, or come to all! 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 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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Five week group begins Summer 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
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.
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
Next class is Saturday, June 17 and Saturday,June 24, 2017, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
16 Nursing and LMT CEUs available; this is also a personal wellness tool!
This class is for the person who wants to enhance wellness in themselves and the lives of people they care about by using the gift of energetic touch. Learning Healing Touch will enable you to offer comfort and relief when nothing else seems to help. You will possess a life-changing gift that you can give over and over again, once you have mastered simple, easy-to-learn steps and techniques that support health and facilitate the healing process. Cost: Early Bird: $340.00, Regular: $365.00, both include instruction and materials. Call 931-5777 or email for additional information. Pre-registration required. Register @ Eventbrite
Six week group begins Thursday, March 2, 1-3:30 PM ; Register @ Eventbrite
Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Are you struggling with a health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, fibromyalgia, or arthritis?
The Healthy-U Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is proven to improve quality of life — and save money by reducing health care expenses. It’s free to adults of any age with any on-going health condition and/or their caregivers. At Healthy-U, people just like you meet in small groups to find ways to solve problems related to common health conditions.
Developed at Stanford University, Healthy U workshops are for adults with any ongoing health condition – and caregivers. The workshops are designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. Small-group, interactive workshops are six weeks long, meet once a week for 2 ½ hours, and are facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves.
Healthy U participants receive a workbook and discuss topics including:
- How to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
- Ways to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance
- Managing medications
- How to communicate more effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
- Healthy eating
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Thirteen week series begins Thursday, May 4, 8-9 AM
Join us this spring 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 Chuan. 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.
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
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 Monday, January 23, 7:15 – 8:30 PM
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.
Single Session on Wednesday, February 22, 1-2 PM OR Thursday, March 9, 7-8 PM
If you’re like most people, you want to stay active, healthy, and in your own home for as long as possible. Aging in place is important, and if you’re between the ages of 50 and 80, Confident Living helps you do just that. It’s a program designed to provide retirees an alternative to community living. As a member, you’ll learn how to stay healthy as you age, and how to plan for potential health issues you may face later in life. Learn more about Confident Living and the benefits it offers at one of our two seminars. Register @ Eventbrite for February 22nd OR Register @ Eventbrite for March 9th