Who We Are
Humor for Hope was started in 2013 with some laughs and a dream to make the world a better place. We are a registered 501 (c)(3) that seeks to impact and change the world of adolescent illness. We use improvisation/comedy as a form of therapy for populations with acute, chronic or terminal illnesses. We also lead compassion care workshops for mental health and medical professionals, families, and child life specialists. Currently we are working with Comer Children’s Hospital doing both customized therapy for patients on isolation as well as group based therapy. We have worked with Lurie Children’s Hospital, RiverEdge Psychiatric Hospital, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and Healing Hurt People Chicago. Last summer we traveled to Malawi with Dr. Natasha Anandaraja from Mt. Sinai Hospital to educate and give healthcare provision to women and children with HIV and AIDS.
What We Are Doing
This summer we were invited to work with the Karam Foundation. They are a non-profit that seeks to build a better future for Syria. One of the ways is through the Karam House in Reyhanli, Hatay, Turkey. The Karam House is a community innovation workspace where Syrian refugee youth turn their passions and ideas into realities. We will be leading a week long therapeutic improvisational workshop for these teens who have been living in the Hatay province since being displaced due to the Syrian civil war.