Our Mission is to empower people to
grow through loss and adversity and achieve their
Our team is well aware that in order
to achieve Our Mission we need to have a Dream, a Vision,
a Philosophy, a Passion, a Plan of Connection and a
A cultural shift will happen and people will wake up every day and
ask themselves “What can I do today to HOLD THE DOOR for someone
else today and tomorrow?” Reaching out, healing through helping
others, and growing through loss will be as commonplace as apple
pie and lemonade. Hold The Door For Others will be a household phrase,
and a way of life.
To create communities around the globe that possesses the heart, compassion,
and strength we felt immediately following September 11th. We are
determined to inspire everyday heroes and teach people that staying
connected and helping others will help them heal and grow through
We are dedicated to our core belief that people GROW THROUGH LOSS.
Our research (visit resources page) on growth following crisis, trauma,
and loss has reinforced our beliefs. We value the power of healing
through human connections and helping others. We stand by our mission
and know that people do not have to just cope or survive following
loss, than can thrive despite loss.
The OTHERS(S) model
is based on research in the social sciences and personal
experiences. Our team has learned some of the key resources
that help people live with loss, crisis, trauma, and
grow from their experience. We focus on connecting,
caring, and challenging before, during, and after a
loss by teaching the key messages and skills associated
with the model. The OTHERS(S) model
is strength-based and focuses on practical skills,
empowerment, education, relationships, and growth.
The OTHERS(S) Model
The resources in the OTHERS(S) model
are Optimism/Hope, True-meaning, Humor, Emotional Intelligence,
Resilience, Spirituality, Self-confidence, and OTHERS(S).
Each of these resources is likely to act as a buffer
to trauma and lead to growth following loss. Additional
in-depth information on each resource, key message,
and skills can be found in the interactive CD-ROM and
workbook Gaining From Loss: Our Journey Continues..
People will typically take one of three
paths following a loss. They may have a decrease in
their functioning (dive), return to normal levels of
functioning (survive), or experience an increase in
functioning (thrive). The emphasis of our work, whether
it is with an individual or an organization, is on
thriving or growing through loss. However, our team
uses a three prong approach to getting acquainted with
loss: (a) proactive (preparing for loss before the
event happens), (b) active (living with loss as the
event happens), and (c) reactive (growing through loss
after the event happens).
To empower people to learn the necessary life skills to: