Our mission at Riverside is to share the love and hope we have with those in our community.  We have seen first hand that there is a desperate need in our community for positive support and resources for the various challenges that life brings.  One of these challenges is finding hope and healing after pregnancy or infant loss.

What is a HOPE BOX?

Hope Boxes are for ANY individual or family that has lost a baby through any type of infant loss.  1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage and in Canada every 6 in 1000 pregnancies end in stillbirth.  Many times this kind loss is very isolating, confusing, deeply personal for the mother in particular and comes with a lack of resources to help with the “grieving process”.  Unfortunately, in the North, medical follow-up and counseling are not often offered and there is a lack of monitoring for postpartum depression, which can occur even with early miscarriage.  With a lack of support many families, and women in particular struggle with feeling ashamed and alone.  As a family we have experienced this loss first hand and have five precious children waiting for us in Heaven.  Acknowledging the life of a child, as short as it may have been, is tremendously helpful in the healing process and finding Hope!

Hope Boxes are beautifully filled decorative boxes with items of Hope – a lovely easy to read version of the Bible which includes a list of verses that have been pre-highlighted, book on infant loss that walks through the grieving process, journal, pen, notecards, candle, footprint pin, lotion/soap, brochure on miscarriage/infant loss, resource list (includes resources for dad’s and how to talk about the loss of a sibling), local resources, websites and online groups, blanket and handprint/footprint cards, etc…We want the women who receive the box to feel loved, cared for and encouraged.  We include information about www.hopemommies.org (where we got the Hope Box idea).

We have connected with various local agencies (Kirkland Lake & Englehart Family Health Team, local Funeral Home, Temiskaming & Kirkland District Hospital, Timmins & District Hospital, all Centre De Sante sites and various clinics) in order to have the boxes distributed to those who need them.  We appreciate all of the tremendous support from these community connections.

“I am not sure how to express my heartfelt appreciation in receiving a Hope Box from you. These past few months since the loss of our baby have been emotionally difficult. Upon receiving our Hope Box from you, my husband and I were overcome with sincere gratitude. Many emotions followed as we read and looked through everything. This box now sits on my bedside table and it has brought me a sense of peace. Our little angel will always be a part of us, our family and now I feel you are too. What you are doing is a true blessing to all of us Mommy’s and Daddy’s who are going through this heartbreaking and emotionally difficult time in our lives. Thank you from my heart. “

History

Hope Boxes began out of a desire to bring support and encouragement to families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss. Pastor Pete and Jenita Naylor have five babies waiting for them in Heaven. Their experience of loss led them to look for a practical way to help a family in their church who had experienced the loss of a baby. When exploring ideas for practical support they found Hope Mommies™ out of Texas, USA. They create Hope Boxes and were very helpful in us creating our own. One box was made for this local family and this led a small group of women at Riverside to suggest making more Hope Boxes.

In September 2013 Hope Boxes began with prayer and a goal of 10 boxes. Within a month the group had funds to create 20 boxes and Hope Boxes was born.  The Hope Box team in Northern Ontario now has three dedicated members, wide range community and church support, and as of Fall 2016, boxes in three hospitals, two funeral homes, and seven clinics. They give on average one hundred boxes out a year.  We are willing to ship boxes outside of the area should a request be made, and are happy to connect you to one of our team locations across the country, as well.

NOTE: We also have boxes for child loss and perinatal hospice (when your baby is given a terminal diagnosis during pregnancy).

Hope Boxes team

 

Jennifer Naylor

Jenita Naylor

Veronique Charron


Garden of Hope

The Hope Box team has been looking for a way to continue to support local families and the idea of a Garden of Hope was developed.  The Garden of Hope will be a place of reflection, celebration and relaxation.  A beautiful location to remember and find peace.  The garden will take shape on the Riverside Community Church property and is open to the public.  The garden is a long term goal that will grow each year.  If you would like to give specifically towards the garden please feel free to contact us for our “wish list”.  Donations may be made in memory of a family.

If a family at any time would like to place a memorial stone to celebrate the life of a child we have a basket of stones available at no cost, and the family may have their own time in the Garden if they wish.

Grief Resources

If you or someone you know would appreciate the encouragement and support of a Hope Box please feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to ship one to them.  Please fill out the info. to the right.

For a list of helpful links, open the text area below.

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Hope Box Locations

Riverside Community Churh

Cornerstone Wesleyan Church

Centennial Road Standard Church

Greenwood Baptist Church

Yarmouth Wesleyan Church

Whitewater Wesleyan Community Church

Roblin Wesleyan Church

Bancroft Pregnancy Care Centre

New Hope Christian Wesleyan Church

Dundalk Wesleyan Church

Kingston Standard Church

Anchor of Hope Preganacy Centre

Oxford Brant

Oxford Brant

Cornerstone

Canada/Northern Ontario

Riverside Community Church

30 Grenfell Ave, Swastika ON

705-642-3205

hopeboxcanada@gmail.com

Ottawa/n.Gower/ Kemptville

Cornerstone wesleyan Church

556 Prince of Whales Dr, North Gower ON

cwchopebox@gmail.com

/www.facebook.com/hopeboxesOttawa

 

Brockville

Centennial Road
Church

3545 County Rd 27, Lyn ON
faye@centennialroad.com

North bay area

gReenwood baptist church

234 Albert Ave, North Bay ON
raypeake@ontera.net

Nova scotia

yarmouth wesleyan church

70 Haley Rd, Yarmouth NS
902 742-7323

www.facebook.com/anchorforhope

cobden

WHitewater wesleyan community church

42 Cedar Haven Rd, Cobden ON
(613) 646-2020

https://www.facebook.com/WWCC-Hope-Boxes-487752581406981/

Roblin

roblin wesleyan
Church

Box 84 3100 County Rd 41, Roblin ON
(613) 888-3566

Bancroft

Bancroft pregnancy care centre

35 Shelbourne St N, Bancroft ON
(613) 332-2866

https://www.facebook.com/BancroftPregnancyCareCentre/

Shawville

New hope christian wesleyan church

Box 402 Shawville QC
e.frances.craig763@gmail.com

Dundalk

Dundalk wesleyan church

752202 Ida St. Dundalk ON
(519) 923-2473

kingston

kingston Standard Church

1185 Sunnyside Rd. Kingston ON
(613) 542-1323

www.kschurch.ca
https://www.facebook.com/pregnancylosscare/

madoc

Anchor of hope pregnancy centre

135 Elgin St PO Box 431, Madoc ON
(613) 473-0606

https://www.facebook.com/Anchor-of-Hope-PFC-Centre-564112570283155/

OXFORD/BRANT

Rachel Van den Heuvel 1-519-532-5978
Elisha Kroeker 1 519-320-1991
oxfordbranthopebox@gmail.com

ORillia

Orillia Orillia Pregnancy Resource Centre 79 Colborne St E, Orillia, ON http://www.prcorillia.ca

Sturgeon Falls

Sturgeon Falls Pentecostal Church 

Beverly Courchesne, Coordinator

http://www.sfpchurch.ca

Haliburton

Pregnancy Care & Family Support Centre

705-457-4673

www.haliburtonpregnancycentre.ca

We often hold a Celebration of Hope Service on October 15th as part of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  This service is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a child including extended family.  The hope is that this event will be a time to acknowledge and celebrate the life of the child who is waiting in Heaven, and an opportunity for families to share the loss they feel so deeply with others who can relate.

Help Support the Hope Box Program

Each box costs $50 to complete.  Would you, your church, your small group, women’s group, even your family consider sponsoring a box and giving HOPE to a family in need?  If you’d like to give a box in honour of someone please specify on your donation.  All donations go through Riverside Community Church, designated Hope Boxes, and are tax deductible.
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