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Community Grief Center

As our programs are free, donations support children, youth, & adults as they walk through their unique journey of grieving the death of a loved one - to offer them hope and healing for their future and to provide education to the community and professionals through seminars and online resources.

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Camp BraveHeart

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

A summer camp for children and teens who are grieving the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or close friend. Art therapy, animal therapy, physical activities, peer support group participation and other resilience/coping skills development are incorporated.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Positive client feedback (from parent surveys) every year. Youth enrollment in other programs. Follow up with participants' parents/caregivers 2-3 months following camp.

Suicide Grief Support

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

8-week group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Client surveys give us positive feedback and program is always full. A couple of clients have told us we actually saved their lives as they were contemplating suicide after losing their loved one.

Senior Outreach

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

As we recognize that not all senior citizens are able to participate in our grief support programs on-site and are experiencing losses of spouses, friends and often adult children, we conduct grief support groups at various assisted living facilities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Growing demand as word gets out that we're doing this.

MOMS Support Group

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Females
Parents

Description

Coming alongside mothers suffering the loss of a child with support, compassion and encouragement. Closed 8-week groups starting as often as needed with trained volunteer facilitators who are also mothers who have lost children. We typically have 4 groups a year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Positive feedback from participant evaluations.
We always have a waiting list for upcoming groups.
Most groups continue to meet monthly on their own after the 8-weeks.

Helping Understand Grief with Support (HUGS)

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Females
Males
Parents
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Closed group sessions offering grief support for mothers/parents who have lost babies.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Participant surveys - all asked us to extend the length of the program. Growing interest in referrals from OBGyn practioners.

Blended Support Group

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Females
Males
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

8-week closed group session for adults who have experienced varying losses (parents, siblings, friends)

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Evidence of Program's Success

Many groups continue to meet on their own once the 8-week session is over.
Many participants become volunteers and/or donors.

Community Outreach & Education

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Teachers

Description

Grief education for employers, civic groups, educators, social workers, and senior living facility residents

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Evidence of Program's Success

Positive feedback from audience plus requests for presentations for other groups from those attendees

Healing Stitches

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

Provides a safe place for giving and receiving grief support while creating articles of comfort that can be given to others in the community. The therapeutic values of knitting include relief from depression, anxiety and the discomforting effects of isolation.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Growth of group since it's inception.

TREK

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families

Description

This 8-week closed group program for kids who are grieving the death of a parent/caregiver or sibling. Separated into elementary, middle and high school tracks plus a track for caregivers.
We start each week with a meal for the families then split into the groups where everyone is given tools for coping with their loss, plus a safe place to share and build bonds with others who are grieving.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Average participant evaluation at the end of the program is 4.8 out of 5.
Positive feedback from caregivers and kids.
New bonds for kids who make friends with others with similar journeys.
Many teens ask to come back and help with future groups.

Understanding Grief Classes

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population

Description

Six topics offered monthly on a rotating basis:
- Misconceptions about grief
- Develop your unique care plan
- Dealing with grief emotions: Shock, Confusion, Fear & Guilt
- You are not going crazy
- Committing to the road
- Preparing for the holidays

Free and open to the public.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Eval forms collected by attendees and willingness of most to return the week following class to one of our support groups.

We are showing steady or increased attendance for our classes.

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