Dear parent,

We know how shocking and confusing it can be to discover that your child has same-sex attraction or discloses that they are gay. The staff at Desert Hope Ministries has more than 30 years of combined experience in working with faith-based parents who desire to understand more about homosexuality and their child’s lived experience of same-sex attraction. We work from a compassionate stance, validating the parent’s feelings and beliefs while also encouraging the parent to continue extending love and grace to their child.

The Desert Hope team is dedicated to honoring, educating, and supporting parents while traveling this road. Because caring for parents is one of our primary missions, we provide a variety of different opportunities and approaches to help parents receive the guidance and support they need. Below you will find links to individual coaching, teleconference support groups, weekend retreats, and much more.

Pastoral Coaching

Desert Hope Ministries offers pastoral coaching to parents of gay and lesbian children via office visit, Telephone or SKYPE. Coaching appointments are for the purpose of developing a parents relational skills and abilities, and of strengthening the parent/child bond. It can also help deal with issues and challenges before they become major problems. Coaching sessions are 50 minutes.

For more information about Pastoral Coaching or to schedule an appointment – please contact Paige at

A Sacred Journey: Healing a Mother’s Heart Retreat

Description: A three-day group experience for mothers of lesbian daughters. This is NOT a mother-daughter retreat, but a small group experience for mothers.

Location: Lectures, group experiences, and meals for the retreat are held in Denver/Westminster, Colorado.


Retreat Application

Teleconference Support Groups

Desert Hope Ministries offers teleconference support groups for mothers of lesbian daughters. These groups provide peer support for mothers to continue to strengthen their love bond with their daughter.

For questions or to save a spot in an upcoming group – please contact Paige at

Desert Hope Store

Additionally, Janelle recommends the following resources for parents:

  • “The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction: A Comprehensive Counseling Resource” by Janelle Hallman (book).

  • A Mother’s and Father’s Journey: Growing in Love (CD). Jim and Terry share their journey of hope and deep compassion in the midst of facing a loved one’s homosexuality.

  • Supporting Parents of Gay Identified Children (CD). Janelle Hallman guides parents to navigate the sometimes difficult task of facing and accepting the reality that their child has same-sex attractions.

  • “Love is an Orientation” by Andrew Marin (book). This book is changing the conversation about sexuality and spirituality, and building bridges from the GLBT community to the Christian community and, more importantly, to the good news of Jesus Christ.

  • “Gay Children, Straight Parents: A Plan for Family Healing” by Richard Cohen (book). This book provides practical ideas on communicating and relating to a gay-identified child.

Professional Counseling


"Our life changed forever the day my husband & I discovered that our 25-year-old daughter was in a same-sex relationship. I lived in daily shock, anguish & isolation from my Christian friends (most of whom knew nothing of our heartbreak). As a precious gift, God provided the “A Sacred Journey: Healing a Mother’s Heart” retreat. Spending time with the other moms provided a real sense of belonging & companionship on the journey. God has prepared Janelle’s heart for this special ministry by filling it with his love for our children & for us parents. Every session was deeply meaningful & educational, & I returned home with a deeper love for our daughter & a renewed hope for our future."

/  A mom from Louisiana  /