Brad Hoefs is a pastor, teacher, international speaker, hope coach, author and mental health advocate. He is passionate about coaching, inspiring, and encouraging others with hope no matter what circumstance they might be facing in their lives. He is best known as the founder and president of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, an international network of peer-to-peer Christian mental health support groups.
Ministry Initiatives for Fresh Hope
Fresh Hope for Teens
We are presently in the pilot phase of creating Fresh Hope groups for teens who have a mental health challenge. Just like the adult groups of Fresh Hope, these groups for teens. A younger adult facilitator will lead each of the groups or facilitators who are “young at heart.” At the same time that the teens meet in their group, there will be a facilitator led group for Parents of Teens. Once we complete the pilot of Fresh Hope for Teens and Fresh Hope for Parents of Teens, the materials will be available for churches and ministries who would like to start groups at their churches. Plus, there will most likely be online group meetings. If you’re interested in knowing more about this ministry initiative, please be sure and sign up for the newsletter. For more information go to: www.FreshHope4Teens.com
Fresh Hope for Living Free
Some research indicates that up possibly as many as 70% of those incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons have a mental health diagnosis. The percentage includes those who had additions. Since August of 2016 Pastor Brad has been running a pilot Fresh Hope group for inmates in the Life Learning Center of the Douglas County Jail in Omaha, NE. At the end of May (2017) we started the first Fresh Hope for Living Free group. It meets on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at Christ Community Church in Omaha, NE.
We hope to release this material for those who have jail and prison ministries by the fall of 2017. If you’re interested in knowing more about this ministry initiative, please be sure and sign up for the newsletter. For more information go to: www.FreshHope4LivingFree.com
Fresh Hope for Co-Occurring Diagnoses
Since 2014 Fresh Hope has been working with a local homeless shelter with men, who became homeless. Most of the members of this group have both an addiction and a mental health diagnosis. In 2016 we started working with the ladies at the shelter. In the process of doing this pilot program (as with the work in the jail) the need of having Christ-centered mental health recovery groups for those who have co-occurring diagnoses is a huge need. We are in the initial stages of formalizing these materials. We hope to release these materials also in the fall of 2017. If you’re interested in knowing more about this ministry initiative, please be sure and sign up for the newsletter.