Our Mission

Educate our communities with the resources available to help bring awareness and prevention of suicide and to support those that have been affected by suicide in any way by showing them that hope happens.

 

Our Story

Janet and Clarena, the founders of Hope Happens, met at a survivor day event for those who had lost a loved one to suicide. Janet, lost her 14 year old son, Christopher, in 2014 and Clarena, lost her mother, Maria, in 2007. They quickly recognized the need for a support group in their area. In December 2014, after receiving the proper certifications, the SOS Greater Fort Hood group began meeting and slowly grew into a powerful movement.  Responding to the community’s request for more information, Janet and Clarena began developed the "Let’s Talk About Suicide" workshops and began presenting them to their community free of charge.

After over a year of work in the community, Janet and Clarena decided to start working towards becoming their own entity and formed "Hope Happens". Hope Happens was officially established April 2016. Realizing the work ahead, Janet and Clarena asked Jennifer Warnick from Waco, TX to join Hope Happens and become a vital part of not only our day to day operations but our amazing movement and mission. Jennifer comes to us as a survivor and chair of the "Waco Out of the Darkness walk". Jennifer began her journey to end the stigma of mental illness and suicide after losing her mother in 2011.

 

 

Janet Sutton and Clarena Tobon, Co-founders of Hope Happens

Janet Sutton and Clarena Tobon, Co-founders of Hope Happens


“If I can save one family from experiencing what we went through, I know I’m doing the right thing,”
— -Janet Sutton, Co-founder & President of Hope Happens

What We've Achieved

  • Suicide Prevention Day Proclamations from the Mayor of Killeen, TX and the State of Texas
  • First formed survivors of suicide loss support group in the Greater Fort Hood area
  • Suicide prevention and awareness hour long forum on KPLE TV
  • Raised over 70K for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Greater Fort Hood Out of the Darkness Community walks
  • Provided out reach services to families affected by suicide loss
  • Organized free community workshops to inform the public of the impact of suicide and the available resources in their community
  • Donated & dedicated a tree of hope for all those affected by suicide at the Harker Heights Community Park