Mary's Place, Inc.

Rating: 4.91 stars   23 reviews

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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.
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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  

My experience has been so enriching to see how families coming to Mary's Place are handled with sensitivity and compassion. The board regularly hears from parents who share their personal story and subsequent experiences about how Mary's Place helped their children and themselves adjust to the death of a spouse, parent, sibling or grandparent through adult groups as well as children's groups from tots to teens. My observation is not one of overwhelming sadness but love, courage, laughter, sharing and individual growth as the children learn that they are not alone and can honestly express themselves while being understood by those in similar circumstances.

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

I have personally witnessed the progress and growth of one family after their husband and father died from cancer. The three girls were eight, six and four years old. Their happily remarried mother is extremely proud as her oldest is now in her second year of college focused on a career, the second is entering college this fall and the youngest is entering her second hear of high school. All three are bright, engaging and compassionate young women.

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

I would double the current Director's salary and vociferously encourage all forms of funding solicitations to support and enable Mary's Place to grow so it can reach beyond the state and eventually to have additional facilities throughout New England.

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