Our Hope Place (www.OurHopePlace.com), our website for friends to help friends cope, hope and heal after miscarriage has been entered in the "Fast 50" which is Fast Company magazine's annual readers' challenge, a worldwide search for ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Fast Company's goal is to remind the strong convictions are determined to make a difference.
In 25 words or less, please tell us how this Fast 50 Nominee is bringing innovation to its industry, disrupting standard practices, or helping to address the planet's problems.
Sharon Stenger and Laura Racanelli have created www.OurHopePlace.com to provide confidence and resources for friends to help their friends cope, hope and heal after miscarriage.
Please describe how this nominee is using business as a force of positive change. What technology, idea, or strategy is the nominee using -- and what problem, whether one of business like increasing market reach or one of the world such as poverty, does it address?
www.OurHopePlace.com: friends and a special bracelet help demystify miscarriage. There are over 1MM miscarriages in the US each year. Yet most people don't know how to help. This leaves women and their families suffering in silence. Long time friends and sorority sisters Sharon Stenger and Laura Racanelli have created Our Hope Place as a way to provide confidence and resources for friends to help their friends cope, hope and heal. On the website you will find: - Journal entries that show what a woman might be feeling after a miscarriage - 6 tips on how to help - Bracelet story (and the opportunity to send one) - Specially selected gifts (all with specific meaning/insight) Miscarriage is a loss like no other. There are no memories, no photos, only the loss of a dream, of potential, of hope. Miscarriage is a loss that needs to be grieved for. Please visit www.OurHopePlace.com to help women and their families.
What are the results, both financial and social? How has the nominee's business performed, and what impact has it had on the problem it addresses? (suggested length: 100 words)
Our Hope Place launched in November of 2006. We measure our success in ways we help women and their families. Some statistics include: - The first person to receive a bracelet had a baby in Sept 2007. - A woman who received a bracelet from her parents, purchased a bracelet for her friend stating, "I hope this bracelet helps you as much as it did me". - One woman who received a bracelet and is now focusing on adoption told us, "while I don't wear my bracelet everyday, I wear it on my worst days, it really helps". - One blogger who writes about "the diary of a miscarriage" lists Our Hope Place as a helpful resource - Site visitors spend on average 5-15 minutes reading, learning how miscarriage suffers might feel and how to help We look forward to helping more women and their families.
Perhaps you will help us spread the word. Thank you!