Hope Connections fills an unmet need in DC, Maryland, and Virginia by providing, in a homelike setting (and also virtually), free programs of support, education, and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones. Hospital support groups focus on those under clinical care whose needs vary as much as their diagnoses do. Support is also there for those just out of treatment who suffer from the long-term downstream effects of the disease or the treatment. As survival rates improve, more people also need long-term emotional support and groups for individuals with cancer and their caregivers are available for as long as the participant needs them. Educational workshops, stress reduction programs, mind-body activities like yoga, pink pilates, and meditation, and social gatherings – all are a real lifeline. As one participant put it, “HC is the glue that holds my life together.”

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: All

Notes: The Wellness Community is located in Bethesda, MD, and serves people with cancer and their loved ones throughout the Greater Washington region. It's goal is to eventually have off-site programs/satellite facilities in all four quadrants of DC and in Prince George's County, MD.

Awards & Recognition



  • Bethesda Center Offers Support for Those Affected By Cancer
    Tue Sep 2 2008  
    In December 2006, Sandra Marrott was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Soon after she moved from her home in New Jersey to Chevy Chase, alone and battling the cancer and the chemotherapy she was undergoing to treat it." I felt I had to find other people to help me through it," she said.

    While attending an ovarian cancer conference, she found The Wellness Community, a cancer support center located in Bethesda.

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