I’m Laura Howe

Social Worker, Founder of Hope Made strong


Biblically-Based learning to help your leaders care for others

Online Learning

Courses that equip and strengthen ministry leaders to care and support others.

In-person training

Laura brings a fresh voice and practical strategies to create conversations leading to hope, strength, and resilience in staff and volunteer leaders.


Flipping your lid

Flipping your lid

“Flipping your lid” is a simplified explanation that I often refer to when describing what happens in the brain when people experience stress.  Once you learn this concept you will begin to see if everywhere. The frustrated customer, angry neighbour, the exhausted parent.  Your response to this human experience will be forever changed, and you build self awareness resists that urge to flip your own lid. 

Using scales to support

Using scales to support

If the person you’re supporting is having difficulty describing their feelings, or the meeting is lacking focus or if it’s a struggle to keep people on track, use a number or color scale as it provides common ground and language to build upon.

What is Compassion Fatigue?

What is Compassion Fatigue?

  It’s no surprise that research studies are finding that a ministry leader’s well-being is negatively impacted by the work of serving and caring for others.   This is not a fault of the leader or even of ministry itself.  Compassion fatigue is not a result of...

4 Steps to quit smoking

4 Steps to quit smoking

Most people I know want to quit smoking. That means that an estimated 34 million adults in America have either thought of quitting or tried and failed. But most people don’t realize that nicotine is just as hard, or even harder, to quit than heroin.  So it’s no...

About Hope Made Strong

It’s okay to not be okay, but it’s not okay to stay that way.

As Christ-followers we are uniquely designed and called to fulfill an incredible purpose.

Hope Made Strong equips leaders with mental health resources to build resilience and provide hope and strength for themselves and the church.

Life can be messy and we can find ourselves struggling with our mental health, but this doesn’t change God’s love or purpose for us.

By combining scripturally-based strategies that align with proven results in the mental health industry, your leadership will receive relevant tools and actionable resources here.


The concepts Laura explained were well articulated and practical.  The group project was time well spent, and gave us all practical ways to apply the word of God.”

Thomas Zimmerman

Pastor, Life Church International, Woodstock

“It was great to see relevant examples from the Bible of key people who fell easily (or were on the path to fall) into the trap of a cycle that would lead to burnout and anxiety.”

C. Engberts

Workshop Participant

“Great pace!  The sessions flew by.  Laura has created interactive sessions that incorporated not just teaching, but practical activities, group discussions, and music.”

Workshop Participant