“Finding Hope” is an event and series of resources aimed at building awareness and support around things that we often don’t talk about, but are exceptionally important: suicide, addiction, domestic violence, abuse, and mental illness. We are all interconnected; we might be facing one of these areas personally, we might be supporting a loved one who is impacted. These topics are so important and so impactful that we are challenged to gather together in community in striving to prevent their devastating impact and responding with compassion when impact is unavoidable. Together, we can expand the compassionate response and help prevent the devastating impact.
In April of 2016 in Bryn Athyn, PA, the first Finding Hope event took place, and followed with a follow up event the following year in April of 2017. Both conferences featured a keynote by Dr. Dan Gottlieb. Dr. Gottlieb is a practicing psychologist and therapist with more than 40 years of experience. Best known as the host of “Voices in the Family,” a weekly radio program heard on WHYY-FM, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate. He is also the author of six books, including his latest, “The Wisdom We’re Born With.”
Panelists from this second event included 3 panelists with incredible stories:
Carol Rostucher is the founder of Angels in Motion. Angels in Motion started with Carol’s efforts to rescue her child from the disease of addiction. While searching the streets of Kensington, for her son, Carol saw that many other children and loved ones were suffering and lost as well. Carol began to open her heart to the streets and spread her love where it was needed the most. Her efforts included treating each person as an individual and offering her genuine compassion and understanding, and providing “blessing bags” which contain food, snacks, clothing, hygiene products and resource information to obtain help when they are ready.
Cathy Siciliano is the former Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She has made guest appearances on WHYY, Fox 29 Good Day Philadelphia, and Clear Channel Radio where she speaks out for Prevention and Awareness surrounding suicide and mental illness. She shares her story, discuss the complication of suicide grief, and speak to the mission of AFSP.
Angela Radcliffe is a domestic violence “thriver”, writer, speaker, business leader and innovator in global healthcare communications with a special focus on clinical research awareness and participation. She loves being a wife and mamma to 3 children (19, 16, 5), the performing arts, gourmet entertaining, and travel. She is active in community service activities for homelessness, mental healthcare, addiction and poverty. Through her story, Angela hopes to inspire domestic violence sufferers and those who love them to envision a new future filled with all the love, hope and nurture they deserve.
To listen to these speakers from the 2017 event, you can listen on the website or download below:
Finding Hope Keynote by Dan Gottlieb (Part 1)
Finding Hope Keynote by Dan Gottlieb (Part 2)
Finding Hope Keynote by Dan Gottlieb (Part 3)
Finding Hope Keynote by Dan Gottlieb (Part 4)
Finding Hope Panelists (Part 1: Carol Rostucher and Cathy Siciliano)
Finding Hope Panelists (Part 2: Angela Radcliffe)