Gnirke and Barrett-Anderson said that they hope some of the counseling groups will continue meeting even without Project Hope. Gnirke said that much of Project Hope’s focus was on counseling that just felt like neighbors having a conversation. He said those groups become social connections, and members often continue to support each other outside of the group. He said that Project Hope volunteers tell him that they see stronger community bonds now than before Sandy.
“I hope that’s one of the legacies of Project Hope, that we helped those communities come to the decision that, despite the obstacle, they’re going to persevere and they’re going to find a way to make their communities stronger.”