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TCR intern Kimberly Hula, TCR staff member Colleen Shannon, Rachel Rodrigues of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and Reverend Wayne Daley of the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club at our opening event on Children’s Grief Awareness Day

The Children’s Room is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club in Roxbury Massachusetts and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute (LDBPI) that began in October of 2016. Made possible through a Be There grant from the New York Life Foundation, the partnership is part of a comprehensive approach to helping the Club community cope with loss, death, grief, and bereavement while also assisting Club members to build resiliency skills.

TCR has been working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston since 2012. We began by providing trainings at 5 Boston area Boys and Girls Clubs, including the Yawkey Club, on supporting children and adolescents to help them understand and cope with death, dying, and loss. The Children’s Room began offering grief support services in Boston area Boys and Girls Clubs in the fall of 2013.

This new partnership will span three years and will focus on four distinct areas: youth, staff, family, and community support.

As part of this partnership, TCR will be working in collaboration with the Yawkey Club and the LDBPI to offer professional development trainings to staff members at the club, raise awareness about valuable information and services regarding grief and bereavement available in the community, and ensure that those facing the loss of a loved one have access to necessary services.

The partnership will also provide ongoing support to families, including providing parents and caregivers with programming that supports bereaved children and adolescents. These services include targeted outreach events and a family workshop series on topics relevant to social emotional wellness and family needs for bereaved children.