How We Help Children & Families:
The Hope & Healing Place stands as a beacon of light to children making their way through perhaps the darkest season of their lifetime. Waves of grief come crashing down all around them and unless they are taught to navigate these treacherous waters they are in jeopardy of drowning emotionally. HHP staff and volunteers do not hesitate to dive into the brooding water to bring the children safely to the other side of this flood of pain. The Hope & Healing Place was founded on the belief that every child, teen and adult deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment. We believe that grief is a natural and normal reaction to the loss of a loved one. Though the duration and intensity of grief is unique for each individual, we believe each person has the natural ability to heal oneself. HHP is a safe environment where grieving children, families and individuals come to begin their healing journey. Mourning precedes healing and it has been found that connecting with others who are also grieving lessens the pain and normalizes their experience. HHP programs offer children in mourning the opportunity to meet other children who are experiencing the same emotional challenges for a time of acceptance, understanding and fun as they are guided down a healing path by trained volunteers at no cost to individuals and families. Grief support groups have been found to be one of the most effective intervention strategies for child grief, as the shared experiences of a group setting offers normalization of grief experiences (Siddaway et al., 2015). It is typical for bereaved children to isolate themselves and socially withdrawal because they feel alone in their grief and feel that others do not understand them. The bereavement group experience offers destigmatization of the death of a parent or loved one.
History of the The Hope and Healing Place:
Beth Kean and Tricia Trimble’s dream to open a center for grieving children and families became a reality in 2003 with a generous founding grant given by Tricia’s parents, Melvin and Jo Beighle of Skellytown, Texas. Financial support to sustain HHP services come from Panhandle families, companies, civic groups, foundations, family trusts, memorial gifts, and special events. The HHP is a 501c3, non-profit agency, governed by a local Board of Directors. Our programs were developed using the theories of Dr. Terry Hargrave, an internationally known professor and author. Our Generations program offers a structured approach in which age appropriate groups are provided for children and “loss” specific groups for the adults. This approach allows both the children and parents to share common goals and objectives. It is the hope of HHP that after each Generations Night, the families leave with opportunities to begin a dialogue about their experiences at HHP.
Executive Director: Emily Ellis
Emily brings over 20 years of non-profit and marketing experience to The Hope & Healing Place. She joined the staff in 2013 as the Community Relations Director and was promoted to Executive Director in 2017.
Emily formerly worked as the Development Director for The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center and the Community Relations Director for Texas Panhandle Centers. She has been is a member of AFP, Executive Director's Leadership Circle, Amarillo Women's Network Board of Directors, Canyon Chamber of Commerce Women's Group, Development Director's Leadership Circle, Palo Duro Cowboy Church Leadership Team, Crisis Intervention volunteer for Family Support Services, CASA advocate, United Way Loaned Executive, United Way Speaker's Bureau and Leadership Amarillo/Canyon graduate. She holds a degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Texas State.
Clinical Supervisor: Becky Lozano
Becky has been with The Hope & Healing Place since it opened its doors in 2003. She was part of the first volunteer training and was a facilitator for the adults' and children's groups with the Generations Family program. She was also one of the first volunteer facilitators for the adult program, Journey, when it began in 2007.
Becky worked as a special education teacher for nine years in both Oklahoma and Texas and served Amarillo ISD for thirteen years as a school counselor. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, and after retiring from the school district, came on staff at The Hope & Healing in 2014 as Program Coordinator. She helped to start a new program, Journey Outreach, which meets at Faith City Ministries. Becky and her husband, David, live in Amarillo, have four children and eight grandchildren, and enjoy trips to spend time with them.
Program Director: Candice Kirkpatrick
Candice came through the program with her family in 2006 after the loss of her infant son Ethan. She returned as a dedicated HeartPrints volunteer. In 2017 Candice decided to change career paths and we jumped on the opportunity to have her join our team. She started out as our Community Relations Director where she excelled and broke fundraising records. When Becky decided to retire as Program Director, Candice was promoted to that post. We knew her heart and passion for the mission was a perfect fit.
Candice and her husband Jim, and children live in Amarillo where they are active members of Accelerate Church.
Development Director: Laurie Howard
Laurie first came to HHP as a half marathon runner in May of 2013. After the sudden death of her father on a family vacation she and her family came through the Generations Program. She is always willing to share her and her family's grief journey and how HHP impacted her life. She has chaired The Big Cheese and had been a part of the HHP family ever since. Laurie had chaired numerous local children's non profit boards. She has a degree in multi- disciplinary studies from Texas Tech University and holds a State of Texas teaching license of Pre-K through 8th grade. Laurie enjoys running, travel and spending time with her husband Dustin and three children, Brennan, Carly and Chloe.
Head of Security and Scritches: Winston
Winston is an Old English Sheepdog, born in Aztec, NM. He joined the HHP Team in December of 2017, at the tender age of 8 weeks. In June of 2018 he began training for his pet therapy credentials with Lisa White of White House Pet Supplies. He spends his days roaming the halls of HHP. He's not afraid to request attention from his co-workers and occasionally fancies himself as staff security. He enjoys naps, long walks and playing tug of war. For additional self care he suggests visiting www.oldenglishsheepdog.com.
Director of Workforce Attraction and Retention
Amarillo Economic Development Corporation
Administrative Assistant III
Bank Officer - Training
Happy State Bank
AVP & Trust Officer
Amarillo National Bank
Axigent Technologies Group
Chief Technology Officer
City of Amarillo
Burdett, Morgan & Williamson
Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
Tricia, along with Beth Kean, founded The Hope & Healing Place in 2003 as a non-profit children's grief, loss and trauma center. As a Certified Trauma Specialist, her experience and understanding of the devastating impact trauma and grief can have on the personality/behavior of children, when not addressed, give her unique insight in this field.
Tricia retired from the school district after 34 years and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice since 1995. Tricia initiated the development of the Amarillo Independent School District's Crisis Response Team and is currently an active member of several National & International Critical Incident Response Teams. She co-authored an article in the Journal of the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children with Dr. William Steele, director and founder of the institute.
Beth is co-founder of The Hope & Healing Place along with Tricia Trimble. In coordination with Dr. Terry Hargrave, she developed and wrote a grief curriculum for HHP. Beth has also co-authored an in-patient Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program with Dr. Dan McGhee.
Beth is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Board Certified Registered Art therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor. Beth has spent over 40 years working with children, families and adults in public school counseling, private practice and in-patient hospital settings.
Roy is a visionary whose foresight helped the center grow into the entity it is today. He came to HHP as an experienced leader in growing and sustaining non-profits to include effective boards, quality services, and to work in partnership with corporate and community leaders for strategic visioning and optimum marketing.
Roy served as board president from 2003 - 2005 and from 2005 to 2014 he served as Executive Director. His background as a minister and a social worker match HHP's mission to serve children and families.