Updates and Announcements


New Support Group Launch

March 16, 2018

Our top priority in 2018 is to launch new ongoing support groups so that those who attend our workshops and seminars have a safe place to continue their journey. Over the last year, we've seen an incredible increase in the amount of people needing ongoing support after the death of a spouse. 

We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 15th at 7pm, we will be launching Starting Again of Novi

The group will be led by Janet Chenault who reached out to us ten months ago with a passion to serve grieving widows and widowers after her experiencing her own loss 10 years ago. She has quickly become a key member of our new hope community, facilitating at workshops, coordinating seminars and trainings, and helping us develop a relationship with a new ministry partner, Brightmoor Church in Novi.

Similar to the Starting Again group that meets at Ward Church in Northville, this peer support group will meet twice a month on Tuesday evenings at Brightmoor Church and is a great place for those in early grief, navigating life transitions, or moving forward and experiencing new beginnings.

Janet has built a great team of compassionate leaders and facilitators. Dale Fields and the Starting Again of Northville team has been very supportive in helping launch this group. 

If you would like to participate in this group or are interested in volunteering, please contact griefhelp@newhopecenter.net. 

Moving Forward With Hope

August 25, 2017

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We have some exciting news to share with you! 
After six years in our current office on Griswold St., New Hope Center for Grief Support has moved to a new location! Our new office space is in the heart of downtown Northville in the Old Church Square.
145 N. Center St. Suite E
Northville, MI 48167

 This space gives us greater capacity to fulfill our mission to bring hope, healing and new beginnings to adults and children grieving the death of a loved one. In addition to providing direct services, this space will help us provide community-based services that empower others in the community to assist in the care of those in grief. 

This new space includes access to a seminar room for up to 25-30 people and a group space for smaller support groups and individual support. We will always partner with churches, funeral homes and other community organizations for workshops, seminars, and support groups. However, this new space allows us to serve more people year-round and provide additional seminars, trainings, drop-in services and much more. 

Having our office in downtown Northville allows for greater visibility and access to our program from those who are walking downtown or visiting one of the many local businesses. 

Our vision for this new location is to serve as a bereavement resource center in the community for both direct and community-based services. This new location allows us to more effectively engage members of the community in our mission, collaborate with additional organizations, and invite individuals to come to us for support, education, grief resources, and referrals for other services. 


New Hope Center for Grief Support Announces New Executive Director

December 14, 2016

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New Hope Center for Grief Support announced the appointment of Rick Guttersohn as executive director. This will take effect on May 8, 2017 upon his completion of his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

“Rick’s experience working for New Hope in former roles as fund development director and program director, as well as acquiring his MSW, gives him a unique perspective and suitability for leading and implementing the organization’s  vision for the future,” said Nick Hopwood, New Hope board chairman. “His passion for grief support is a gift to the community.”

Guttersohn will succeed Chip DeClue, who has served as New Hope’s interim executive director over the past several months. DeClue will continue to serve in his position in a limited capacity to provide oversight through the transition while Guttersohn will continue in his role as program director. The entire New Hope community is eternally grateful for DeClue’s leadership during this transition; his presence has been a true blessing.

“I am excited to step into this new role with New Hope,” said Guttersohn. “It gives me great joy to help hurting people and empower volunteers to utilize their gifts and life experiences to serve others. It’s truly a privilege.”

When Cathy Clough and John and Betty Baird founded New Hope 16 years ago, their vision was to create a warm and welcoming Christian-based bereavement outreach center. Today, New Hope continues to serve as a beacon of light to surrounding communities, visible to all who are hurting after the loss of a loved one. The organization believes Guttersohn will play an integral role in leading us in this effort. 

Sincerely, New Hope Board of Directors 

Sylvia Arakelian
Nick Hopwood, Chairman
Tom Krause
Steve Rowley
Lynn Valade  
Beth Voyles  
Alan Walthall  
Brett Wilson