We lost a dear friend to suicide 3 years ago. He left behind a wife and two children, ages 10 & 13. The two kids went to Jeffs Place for a couple of years. The changes in them were huge each time they went to group. The facilitators are amazing and everytime I work a pizza night, I am amazed at all the kids, always smiling and happy. Happy tobe able to let off steam and happy to be withtheir peers who understand what they are going through, they are so lucky to have a safe place to go!
My mother died of cancer when I was a teenager (over 20 years ago). About four years ago, I heard the founder of Jeff's Place speaking about her organization and their mission to help children deal with loss. She discussed Jeff's Place use of peer groups to prevent any child from feeling they are grieving alone. Her talk about some of the unique challenges and issues of grieving children resonated with me and inspired me to learn more about the organization. When I followed-up, I only became more impressed and decided to become involved. I initially volunteered and was extremely impressed by the quality of the training as well as the single-minded focus on the needs of the children. The transformations I saw in the teen group were truly amazing, clearly demonstrating the value of the organization and also being very personally rewarding to see the positive impact the peer group was having on those in the group.
Rarely have a seen an organization with such committed leadership, unwavering focus on their goal, and clear and direct positive impact on those served. I think Jeff's Place is a truly remarkable organization which has an extremely positive impact on grieving children who participate and virtually everyone else who comes in contact with the program.