Committed to making safe, life-giving conversations available and accessible to everyone.
Respero is a 501c3 non profit organization based in Santa Cruz, CA. The name Respero is based on the ancient Latin word “spero”, which means hope. We have been offering hope in the SF Bay Area since 2010 through our counseling, training and teaching. We believe that focused counseling conversations in one-on-one and small group settings are indispensable for healing, wisdom, and relational wholeness.
Our counseling is available at no cost because we are committed to making these safe and life-giving conversations available and accessible to everyone, regardless of social, economic, or religious status.
We also know that some people are especially gifted to be relational counselors and guides. We offer training, supervision and a pathway for people to identify and use their gifts of compassion and wisdom. To read more about our counselor training click here.
Our culture is becoming more and more a place of disconnection and discord. As we enter our second decade we remain committed to guiding people toward peace and expanding our impact through new online courses, cohorts, and communities.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Respero is the realization of the vision of Joe Bishop. He has been counseling people for over 35 years. He has a deep-seated conviction that the world’s greatest need is for communities where people can truly connect, heal, and experience the love and grace of Jesus.
Joe and his wife Kathy have been married for over four decades, and enjoy their adult children and one grandson. They were both born and raised in Ohio, and have lived in Santa Cruz since 1993. Joe received his academic training at Capital University, Grace Theological Seminary, Santa Clara University, and Trinity Theological Seminary. He is an avid reader, hiker, and sports fan, who hopes his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, don’t go another century before they win another World Series. It isn’t looking good, but hope lives on.