JEFFS PLACE CHILDRENS BEREAVEMENT CENTER INC

Rating: 4.97 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 34 Deloss Street, 2nd Floor Framingham MA 01702 USA

Mission: Jeff’s Place provides year-round peer bereavement support groups and services to children, teens and adults coping with a significant death-loss.
Target demographics: children and their families who are coping with the death of someone close.
Direct beneficiaries per year: dozens of families in ongoing support groups, plus many more through crisis response events and educational forums.
Geographic areas served: The Massachusetts Metrowest area
Programs: bimonthly open-ended peer support groups for children ages 3-19 and their caregivers. All groups are facilitated by professionally trained volunteers and supervised by a masters prepared clinician who completes intake evaluations on each family. For more information, please visit www.jeffsplacemetrowest.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I are so fortunate to have found Jeff's Place at our time of need. My ex-husband died unexpectedly and our 2 children (then age13 and 16) were grieving and I didn't know what to do. Jeff's Place welcomed us with open arms and the group meetings were so helpful to not only my children but to me also. My children learned they were not alone. Their were other kids grieving who understand their anger, their pain, all the emotions and fears they felt. The facilitators were amazing and so kind and worked with the kids through their pain and let them share all their fears, anger, emotions with no judgment but just a kind word. The adult group was immensely helpful to me. Seeing that I wasn't alone that other parents were experiencing the same difficulties with their children and being offered the support from other parents and the facilitators helped me to be stronger so that I could give my children the support they needed. We were with the program for approximately 2 years and gained so much I can never thank everyone enough at Jeff's Place for all they have done to help us.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Board Member and Volunteer. Although I do not see the kids in their groups I watch them interact and tell their stories to the group. I am amazed at how they progress over the year and how poised they are when they tell their story. I have also seen the impact it has had on other volunteers who have had significant losses in their lives. The interaction with the participants help not only the kids in attendance but also helps all the volunteers that participate. It is a truly amazing organization that is serving such an important role in peoples lives. Unless you experience it or know someone who has you don't understand it and that is what Jeff's Place is all about. AMAZING !!

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1 person found this review helpful

My son and I attended Jeff's Place after his dad/my husband passed away. Every facet of the program helped us. From the family pizza dinners, to the parent group, to the teen group, to the annual holiday celebration, to the group leaders, to Jenny and her staff and all of the participants. I learned a tremendous amount from the parents and my son got to share his healing with peers. We learned that we are not alone, and in fact, we are all together in the grief process. Though we all grieve differently, we were all grieving and found some commonalities. I recommend Jeff's Place to any family who suffered a loss.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm extremely grateful to have such a wonderful place like Jeff's Place available to me, in my family's time of need! My wife died after a 2.5 year battle with cancer and we have 2 boys, who were 11 & 13 years old. They are probably the toughest 2 children that I've ever met, but they "act like boys" & I feared that they were suppressing their emotions. Also, I was afraid of how "alone" they would feel with very few of their peers having ever gone through anything like this.

While I can't say they were thrilled with the idea of going to Jeff's Place and discussing their feelings, it has helped them immensely! They get to go and relate to other kids that are going through similar things and they felt accepted, right away. For me, Jeff's place has been a wonderful experience! I've met so many genuinely caring people, who want nothing more than to assist people and help them to continue on with their lives and ease their grieving process any way they can. Also, I feel that it has taken some of the burden off of my shoulders and helped me to "get my boys to open up & express their feelings".

We did research & had attended other similar groups when my wife died, but Jeff's Place is far & away the best! We found the right place for us, thank you Jeff's Place!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their services, so they could reach more people

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Love this place! Jeff's place e ran a private group for my daughter and her friends who lost one of their friend's tragically. The staff at Jeff's place helped them through this difficult time and provided support to share their emotions.

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1 person found this review helpful

My son and I are so grateful for all the help and support we are getting from the wonderful people at Jeff's Place. The support and care we received from Jeff's Place got us through the difficult time.

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1 person found this review helpful

I was fortunate to find out about Jeff's Place shortly after my daughter's father died (a week before her 14th birthday). We attended meetings for two years, in which we were able to share our story, hear other's stories and support one another through these difficult times. I am immensely grateful for the camaraderie and support we received during our time there and would recommend this service to anyone in a similar situation.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We are so grateful to everyone at Jeff's Place for their care and support. From the dedication of the leaders and facilitators to the unconditional support of fellow "clients," our time at Jeff's Place was a gift that we didn't even know how much we needed. My son was fourteen years old when we started and he felt a sense of belonging right away, not an easy feat in the best of circumstances, with the caring leaders and other children. The parent groups I participated in helped me to cope with my myriad of feelings - I learned from everyone, often by just listening, despite how different many of us were. This experience brought us together and gently led us to a better place. I will be forever thankful to everyone at Jeff's Place.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

I never fully imagined the Impact Jeff's Place would have on me as a facilitator. It's not that I have any answers and I've come to realize, there are none when it comes to grieving. For each child, each parent, it appears to be a singular journey. Our role at Jeff's Place is to enable and encourage the paths to meet. For the kids, they feel 'normal' here. For the adults, they talk a familiar language. At Jeff's Place, following dinner, each child and then adult who would like, lights a candle..."I light this candle in memory of my mother, Ann', '...my son, John'. We use names, we provide a safe place to talk about how people died, how it feels, what you do when you feel sad, what makes you laugh when you remember. Jeff's Place is alive and caring and for the past 3 years I've had the privilege of observing transitions that I believe are a direct result. The courage of these families truly touches my heart. Parents and kids re-connect with one another in profound ways, having learned that they don't need to carry their pain alone. Strength is given through individual and shared experiences. Our leaders, Jenny Schreiber and Melissa Kennedy Panto arm us with gentle ways to start conversations. I am awed by their always seeming to know what to say and their encouragement to us as facilitators to trust our instincts. Protective walls slowly crumble here so that healing can begin. Who Jenny is and what she has done in creating Jeff's Place is nothing short of extraordinary.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...grow it to exist in every community where it is needed, which is everywhere.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Jeff's Place helped us through an extremely difficult period in our lives. My daughter had just turned 7 when her father died of a brain tumor. She did not want to talk about it with any of her friends as she didn't want to be "different" from all of them who had healthy dads. Jeff's Place provided her with a safe place to share her feelings, since everyone there was "in the same boat". All the kids knew how hard it was to be missing a mother, father or other close relative. I observed as she went from being very shy to willing to share memories of her dad. Jenny Schrieber has assembled an amazing group of caring & supportive facilitators. I highly recommend Jeff's Place to all families with children grieving the loss of a loved one!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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