Mary's Place, Inc.

Rating: 4.91 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Philanthropy

Location: 6 Poquonock Ave. Windsor CT 06095 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide an atmosphere of trust in which children and families who are grieving a death share their experiences, receive support and find comfort. We are able to do this through peer support groups, education and training.
Programs: Mary's Place offers peer grief support groups for children ages 3-18.  Our Little Kids Group is for children ages 3-7, Big Kids Group ages 8-12 and Teens Group ages 13-18.  The peer support groups are offered to children who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or in the case of teens, a close friend. We also have a Young Widows and Widowers Group.  All groups are offered at no charge to families. Besides our in house support groups we have a resource center and library, offer support and guidance to schools and the community and offer a 6 week course for our parents on Understanding Children's Grief.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

In 1998 my wife, 30 years old at the time, lost her battle to Melanoma. Our son was just two at the time. Shortly after her death a friend approached me and told me about this place in Windsor, CT called Mary's Place. He told me Mary's Place had a support group specifically for young widows and widowers. Although I had lots of support from family and friends, I figured it couldn't hurt to find out more about this center. Next thing I new I was sitting in comfortable room on a comfy sofa with a dozen other persons my age who had lost a spouse. From that moment I knew Mary's Place was going to play a major role in my grieving process and help me on my road to a joyful life.

That was almost fifteen years ago. Since then I've told everyone who has lost a spouse about this special place in Windsor, CT. There is no other place like it, and that is why I continue to support Mary's Place, its staff and the families they serve in any way I can. I hope you will too.

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

Open another Mary's Place in other parts of the State.

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  

Thirteen years ago my husband Dan kissed me, our three year old twin sons, and 8 week old daughter good-bye and left for work. I received a phone call later that morning that changed our lives. Dan was surveying a building; he fell from a three story roof and died instantly. He would not be coming home again. Although I had support from family and friends it was Mary’s Place that was our saving grace. The other young widow and widowers I met in group were walking in my shoes. They knew how I felt and often times what I was thinking. The support, healing, and hope my children and I found at the grieving center is beyond words. Because of how Mary’s Place has impacted my family, I now serve on the board. I feel indebted to and want to give back to the incredible organization that helped us during this most devastating time of our lives. I have since remarried a fellow young widower, we have blended our beautiful families and both feel blessed to have known about Mary's Place.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways; As a participant in the young widow and widower group, as the surviving parent of children taking part in the young childrens group, as a board member, and as a supporter/donor of Mary's Place fundraiser events.

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

There are so many young families that could benefit from Mary's Place if they only knew it existed. Please visit our web site to learn more about our center and help us spread the word.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the Spring of 2007 my dear friend, John Carmon asked me if I would be interested in serving on the Mary’s Place Board of Directors. Having never served on a Board, at first I was hesitant. John, however, was persistent stating “I know you Rob …and serving on the Mary’s Place Board will be nothing short of a life changing event for you.” John’s words could not have been more prophetic as my service on the board has enriched my life beyond anything I could have ever imagined. From the first picnic and butterfly release of remembrance to the last gala and more recently, the wine tasting fund raiser event, I have never cried more tears of joy. I am a witness to the dedication, determination and the countless selfless acts of giving that the staff, volunteers, and my fellow board members bring to the mission of Mary’s Place. Be they toddlers, tweens, teens or adults, I am a witness, as well, to indomitable strength, courage and resilience of those who have suffered the grievous loss of loved ones. My hope for all of you who read these testimonials is that you will moved to come and stand alongside all of us in support of the awesome works of kindness and compassion that is Mary’s Place.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as a member of its board of directors and as one of its staunchest supporters.

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

increase the number of paid staff and volunteers twofold, and look to provide these very same services in neighboring counties.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I learned about Mary's Place from John Carmon.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To continue to provide these services to those in need.

What is its top priority in the long run?

GROWTH

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 1998 my 30 year-old wife died after a long battle with cancer. Being a widowed father with a 3 year old son seemed overwhelming. A work colleague told me about a support group especially for young widows and widower. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I thought it was at least worth a try. Two weeks after my wife died I found myself sitting in a very comfortable room with other widows/widowers. Going to Mary’s Place was one of the best decisions of my life. The support group was exactly what I needed to grieve constructively and work towards healing. Life eventually became joyful and precious again. There is no doubt in my mind that Mary’s Place played a major role in mine and many other people’s lives. It is truly an oasis in the dark and dry desert of grief.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. As a recipient, a volunteer, a referer and as a donor.

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

I would work at expanding this nonprofits reach. If Mary's place had another center and/or support group available to people in the western part of Hartford County.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We started going to Mary's Place in April 2009, after my wife died in an accident. My kids were only 3 and 7 at the time. I was a mess, but the Young Widowers Group helped me tremendously. I was so relieved to see I was not alone. The people in that group gave me the hope and courage I needed to move forward with my life. They also helped me focus on my kids, and their issues as well. The Children's Group was excellent!! Both of my children got to associate with other children that had gone through similar tragedies. They also had received the hope and courage they needed to get back to a "normal" childhood. They still attend, and have shared a lot of their thoughts with the facilitators. The facilitators have been just great!! They volunteer their time, and are very caring and understanding! I am so thankful that Mary's Place exists. I hope they will continue to provide people with "a safe place to grieve".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mary's Place has given our family so much hope and courage to proceed with life. It is like having a slice of heaven here on earth!

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

I would try to get more people to donate to this worthy cause. The work they do is priceless!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about Mary's Place about a year ago and knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it. I wish there had been a place like this for me and my daughter 15 years ago when my husband died unexpectantly. We felt so ALONE! Mary's Place allows families to know that they are not alone. It is a wonderful, loving, safe environment for everyone to heal.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm not sure who benefits more from our sessions: the children or me!

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

Establish a Mary's Place in every community!

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Rating: 4 stars  

This is a very warm and inviting place - a safe haven in which to deal with the most difficult thing in life: the death of a loved one. I recommend Mary's Place to anyone who's grieving. I hope more people find out about this wonderful center!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The initial interview was with such a kind ad knowledgable woman. She spent time with me and my daughter and really listened.

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

Probably just more public awareness that Mary's Place exists.

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Rating: 5 stars  

my 6 year old grandchilds father was the victom of a voilent crime. he was suddenly taken and left us with no one who could understand how a child feels. We so thankful for Marys Place. the people are all so loving and caring. these children feel safe expressing feelings that would normally be bottled up at home. they are with children who understand them and they know they are not alone. The staff is so loving and we feel like we have a second family. Thank God for Marys Place. I dont know how my grand daughter would be coping without it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i can see my little one coming out of her shell. talking more and sharing memories of her dad.

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

i wouldnt change a thing! its perfect and so are the staff

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my wife passed 5 years ago, I was fortunate to be guided to Mary's Place and meet Mary. What a wonderful woman who gave so much more than she received from all of us.
A large "incoming" class, I was able to bond with several individuals and learn from experiences of all. Those friendships continue and even though much of our turmoils have subsided, the thought of a visit to one or another and helping or being helped is not unrealistic.
Mary's Place afforded us peace in a time of a lot of turmoil.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the institution grow as it has been needed and recognized for all is efforts. Shame Mary's Place is needed, but grateful it has helped us

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

Ease the economic pains and concerns and make it really all about the familes and kids

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

How did you find this group?

I was fortunate to meet Mary Keane at the wake for my wife, rest was a little investigative work and eventually trust and participation for my son and I

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Halle's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer just 2 weeks afer we left New York City to move to CT. Halle was only 1.5 and her mom was 33; life certainly did not seem fair. Though there is/was always hope, as physicians we realized her situation was terminal 11 months later. Not knowing how much time we had left, we began to prepare for the inevitable. Halle's mom was a psychiatrist, and we began to investigate support groups and therapists to be there for us when she passed. We decided Mary's Place was the right fit for us, and we could not have been more right. One year later, Halle's mom died on a Monday, a little before Halle's 4th birthday, and there we were at Mary's Place that Sunday. As a four year old, Halle would say she was "embarrassed" at school as the only child without a mother. She felt "alone" and "no one else is like this". Mary's Place let Halle know she is not alone, that there are other kids going through what she goes through, and while no situations are good, some are worse than others. While Halle was at her group every other Sunday, caregivers provided each other with support informally in a comfortable waiting/living room. In addition, I took advantage of the young widow/widowers support group which meets evenings twice a month. As life changes, so does our interests, worries, etc but I made life-long friends at Mary's Place that I know I can call at a moment's notice and trust they know the same.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Above

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

Mary's Place does it right. I would not change a thing.

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