Adopt a "Bag of Hope"

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Adopt a "Bag of Hope" and help a family of a complex child that is in the hospital.

When a child is taken to the hospital, a parent is only focusing on getting their child help and forget to think of themselves. "Bags of Hope" are full of the 'unforgotten' items for the parent that cannot leave the hospital for days.

You can help by making a donation under the donate tab and/or praying for these families that will be touched.

 [ See listing of items you may donate. ]

sm Planting Hope LogoFounded in 2010, Planting Hope was a vision to reach the hearts of mothers with children with special needs. What started as a group of seven mothers in a small, meek living room has stretched and reached many families who have difficult circumstances surrounding their children. We are faith-based and driven by the irresistible love of Jesus. We support each other fully. We pray, laugh, cry, share, and love. We are a family. We are also very invested in reaching other mothers that need support and encouragement.

My personal story began in 2007, when my first-born son, Bronson, suffered a traumatic brain injury at birth. My entire world changed, harshly shaken the moment my son was born lifeless and rushed to the NICU. After the initial shock of Bronson’s diagnosis, I was blindly thrown into the world of being a mom to a very medically complex child. I felt scared, alone, and confused. The emotions that consumed me were authentic and life altering. Through the storm and dark years, my relationship with God stayed intact and strong. But, it didn’t stay the same. There were times that I couldn’t see Him or hear Him loudly, but I could sometimes hear Him whisper and I knew that He was still moving. I learned the hard way that sometimes He says yes, but sometimes He says no. I had to learn to be OK with the no’s. I didn’t get big miracles like some people do, but I did get small ones. And, that was enough.

Planting Hope Ministries:

Planting Hope is a monthly faith-based support group for mothers of children with special needs regardless of diagnosis. Together, we laugh, we cry, we share the struggles, joys, and victories of special needs motherhood, and ultimately, we find strength in Christ for our unexpected journeys.

What to expect when you attend:

  • A warm, inviting atmosphere - Camaraderie and friendship
  • An opportunity to share if you'd like - Small-group discussion
  • Application of God's Word to our lives - Prayer with and for one another
  • Connection to the group beyond the meeting through our Facebook group

Yulee/Fernandina Area

The Journey Church, 95707 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Meets: The last Thursday of every month
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Childcare provided
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Phone: (904) 572-6938 Call or text

Fruit Cove Area

Fruit Cove Baptist Church, 501 SR 13, St. Johns, FL 32259
Meets: the first Tuesday of the month September – May
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 202 the ROC
Phone: (904) 287-0996

Westside Area

Trinity Baptist Church, 800 Hammond Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221
Meets: In the church Connections Plaza in the Next Steps Room
Meetings: from 10 am to noon on the below dates: October 3 - November 7 - December 5 - January 9 - February 6 - March 6 - April 3 - May 1
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Phone: (904)-891-7175 Call or text

Over time, God developed me. He taught me. He loved on me. He mourned with me. He rejoiced with me. He was patient with me. He slowly moved me to a place where I could see different facets of His character. Facets I may have never been able to see without the hard pressing challenges I faced as a mom to a special needs child. I believe He uses hardship in general to move us to those places. Would I change this life for Bronson if I could? Yes, I would love for him to walk and talk and run and play. Would I change it for myself? Probably not. I see things differently than I did before. I see God and His beautiful work with fresh eyes and an unguarded heart. I see people differently too. I see their pain more fully, and I am passion driven towards them. I see the tiny miracles, the ones that some people can easily miss. I have learned to sit still and look for them longer and with more intensity.

Planting Hope started in 2010 because God started speaking LOUDLY into my heart. He was persistent and unmoving. Resisting it would mean resisting the Holy Spirit and resisting a God that gave everything for me. I couldn’t resist. God saw this genuine need in our community. Our large community, that reaches from Fernandina all the way to Middleburg and every area in between. He understood something that I couldn’t fully see at that point; He understood the hurt and dark places that mothers across Jacksonville were stuck in. Mothers that had circumstances surrounding their children that most people can’t even wrap their mind around. He was intimately involved in their pain without their knowledge of it yet. He wanted to pursue them. He wanted them to have the hope and the love and the purpose that only He can offer. He wanted them to know that they are not alone in that place. He is kind and He is love. He wanted them to know that He sees them, and He will make beauty out of ashes. He wanted them to know that it’s OK to grieve. The world tries to put bandages on grief, but only God can heal a broken heart. And it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process and that’s OK. God saw the need these mothers had and He was calling me to action. He called me to reach them and tell them about His love. He wanted them to know that He wanted to sit with them in the middle of their darkest days. He wanted to go there with them and hold them.

Over the years, I have learned that when a child receives a diagnosis, parents actually go through the grieving process. They grieve the loss of a dream for their child. They grieve what should have been. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance flood their emotions. But, we just don’t go through these stages and then we are done with them. We are taking care of our child every day, so we bounce around to the different stages of grief all the time. Constantly bouncing. Planting Hope was founded so that mothers can meet and discuss our hurt and our grief. Our joy and our triumphs (because that actually happens too). It is my calling to show mothers the love of Christ through possibly one of the toughest challenges of their life. To sit with them in that place and to show them God’s kindness and love. To embrace purpose in the midst of suffering and hardship. To know that God is still there, even if it’s a faint whisper. He is moving.

Tricia Roth
Mom to Bronson
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Liberty University Alumni
Former Infant and Toddler Developmental Specialist
Founder of Brave Like Bronson, Inc.

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Testimonies to Planting Hope

Theresa Hereford, Mom to Samuel

Few people willingly enter the world of special needs parenting. Most of us have lived our lives naively ignorant that it even exists. Until one day we find ourselves flailing and gasping for breath having been catapulted into this strange, new land. Few other life experiences have such a far reaching impact on the lives of a family than to be thrust into the special needs community. Though the circumstances may vary, there are common characteristics of those who are living in this reality.

 

Misty Haywood, Mom to Emma

It was destiny that I met Tricia.....I met her through her Mom, Yvette at church.....I believed in God, but wasn’t overly religious....I was struggling or grasping at anything for my child to healed of Autism. Tricia was a pure example of faith, God and religion. Tricia went on to create our group for Special Needs Parents; this group has been together for seven years......while some have come and gone in our group we are forever intertwined.

 

Christina Wood, Mom to Caleb and Caden 

Founder of the Caden Project

I’ve really enjoyed our special needs small group. It is so refreshing to be around other moms that “get it” and understand our lives. Even though we may not know each other very well at first, there seems to be an instant connection. We can talk, vent, share without judgment or without blank stares of not understanding what we are talking about. It’s kind of like having a support group to help each other through the challenges of having a special needs child. We lean on each other and support each other in whatever we are going through. Every special needs mom needs that and our group provides just that.