Through the generosity of our donors, we were able to provide grants to the following organizations who are dedicated to serving grieving children, teens, young adults and their families:
Annie’s Hope Bereavement Center for Kids, located in Glendale, Missouri, serves bereaved children and teens in the St. Louis area. Funding will be used for their K-12 School Support and Education Program which meets in community schools for 8 weekly sessions.
Mane Support of Maryville, Tennessee was awarded support for their 2010 Bereavement Camp for grades K-12 where grieving children and teens will be participating in therapeutic activities with horses.
New Hope Center for Grief Support of Northville, Michigan received funding to help improve training for volunteers and purchase supplies for their Kidz and Teens bereavement support group.
LaPaloma Family Services of Tucson, Arizona was awarded a grant to purchase needed books and supplies for their weekly youth bereavement support group serving at risk and foster children.
Staten Island Teen Bereavement Program, offering individual counseling and weekly support group services, was created to meet the needs of teenagers from Staten Island, New York who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Turkey Ford Foundation, located in rural Wyandotte, Oklahoma, received funding toward teaching materials on the grieving process to educate teachers and staff after the murder/suicide of the parents of four children who attend their school.
Lory’s Place is a center for grieving children located in St. Joseph’s, Michigan, and offers assistance to grieving children, teens and their families. A grant was given to assist with operating expenses.
Hospice of South Georgia, located in Valdosta, Georgia assists children and teens of loved ones who were part of the hospice program, but also welcomes bereaved children from their surrounding communities. Funding was provided to assist with the expenses for Camp Lean On Me.
Ted E. Bear Hollow serves the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas of Nebraska. This center for grieving children welcomes children, teens and their families. A grant was provided to assist in operating expenses of this center.
Hope Bereavement Services is a program at Southwest Washington Medical Center, located in Vancouver, Washington. This program serves children, teens and the adults in their lives following a loved one’s death. Funding was provided to assist with expenses for the Stepping Stones’ Family Retreat.
The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families, Northfield, New Jersey provides support groups for children ages 3 to 18 who have experienced the death of a family member. The children are grouped by ages: 3-6 years old, 7-10 years, 11-14 years and 15-18 years, and the parents/guardians are provided a support group running simultaneously. This organization serves the southern New Jersey area and is the only center of its kind in New Jersey. Funding was provided for program supplies for the children’s groups.
Stepping Stones for Hope in Phoenix, Arizona provides programs to 400 youth and families each year and speaks to an additional 2,000 community members on issues related to grief and bereavement. 80 Volunteers donate over 10,000 hours of service each year.
They offer several camp experiences each year for children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp Paz for Kids weekend program, Camp Paz for grown-ups, Camp Paz at School and Day at Camp Paz have been very successful in helping the children of the Phoenix area. A grant was given toward the expenses of offering these camps.
The KapStone House, A Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Their Families, Joplin, Missouri is located at the southwest corner of this state and serves families from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
They offer support groups for children who have lost a parent, sibling or other family member to death, or those facing imminent death. Additionally, they offer adult groups for those who have experienced the loss of a spouse, child, or infant, or from suicide or multiple loss. Funding was provided to assist in program expenses for the children’s groups.
The Amelia Center, Birmingham, Alabama offers support services to children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Their staff and volunteers have graciously taken on the enormous responsibility of hosting the 11th Annual Symposium on Children’s Grief from June 21-23, 2007.
This three-day conference welcomes bereavement counselors, chaplains and pastoral counselors, mental health counselors, volunteers and others from across the United States and abroad to learn how best to assist grieving children and families. Numerous workshops are offered to train counselors and volunteers who then return to their communities to teach members of their local organizations. A grant was given toward the development of this conference.