​Little Steps of Hope  is dedicated to helping families living with the loss of a loved one to suicide. ​Little Steps of Hope's Founder and President, Rhonda Marglon, and her grandson Blake Bennett, were inspired to start a nonprofit organization to help children and families in their community because of the struggles they faced following the death of Rhonda’s daughter, and Blake’s mother, by suicide in 2008. (501c3 nonprofit status in process)

Blake Bennett is passionate about raising awareness to prevent suicide and starting a Little Steps of Hope Camp, a FREE, weekend long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers ages 6 – 17, who have experienced a suicide death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. If you'd like to volunteer to help at camp, be an advisor or board member, or be a part of the camp planning committee, please let Blake know.  [email protected]

Little Steps Of Hope

Many people think about suicide at some point in their life, and these thoughts about suicide can reflect the intense pain and sense of desperation that depression can bring. Having these thoughts does not mean you should act on them. A great number of people who attempt or come close to suicide look back with immense gratitude that they did not succeed in taking their own life as their lives and feelings about their lives improved with help.
"My name is Rhonda Marglon-Ramsey and my daughter Melissa completed suicide when she was 26 years old. My grandson Blake was 5 years old when his mother died. Blake and I take ​Little Steps of Hope each and every day and we now work together as suicide prevention advocates in our community.

During our dark times, we take small steps. There's no hurry. We might think that there is, but it's just a thought. We have the power to return our attention to living life with hope, day after day, and proceed step by step. Taking ​Little Steps of Hope helps us to be fully present in living our lives. Soon we are making quantum leaps. We want you to walk and take "Little Steps Of Hope" beside us! Read  Our Story"

If you have a suicide emergency, call 911. Do not put your own life at risk. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, there is help available. No matter what problems you are dealing with, and you are feeling suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and you'll be connected to a  crisis center in your area for emotional support, any time, 24/7.


When it comes to suicide prevention, every day matters. A person dies by suicide about every 12.8 minutes in the United States. Every day, approximately 112 Americans take their own life, and every year in Shasta County, about 40 people die by suicide.  For every one of those deaths, there are hundreds of local people – family members, spouses, loved ones, colleagues and friends – who are left to suffer an unnatural grief and to pick up the pieces. I am one of them. I am one of Shasta County’s suicide loss survivors. 

You don't have to be a mental health professional - offering a friendly ear can save a life. Preventing suicide is within everyone's reach. Be alert for talk of hopelessness. Trust your instincts, and always take talk of suicide seriously - it's an invitation to talk. Learn more about suicide prevention here.