After being around TheACY I realized I was still holding in the pain from my fathers death for over 40 years. It was TheACY's care that I was able & felt safe to release that pain. TheACY board members, advisory board members and volunteers are dedicated and tireless in their work & vision to provide renewed support for those grieving. This is a very worthy cause and much needed support for those still grieving or not sure how to grieve. Your support is invaluable and changes lives.
The Yoder's are an incredible family for many reasons. First of all they are a huge family and all come from Amish roots so they all have a strong family bond, lots of love, moral and they know how to work hard, veg out and have fun. They also have overcome great tragedy as a family. When the Yoder kids were still in their youth they lost their father in a drunk driving accident. Most the children were in the car during the accident! John Yoder was only 5 when he lost his father, Andrew Yoder was 8, Mary Elizabeth was 11, Barbie 14, Hugh 16, Todd 19 and Eugene 22. It was a huge loss for this family but they live life to the fullest because of this. Mary Elizabeth started The Arnold C Yoder Survivors foundation to Elevate Hope and Give Renewed Support for the Grieving". The Yoder's are not defined by their loss but the wonderful lives they have created with their families. Carrie
Volunteering with TheACY the last three years has been instrumental in helping me heal through any residual weight of guilt and grief related to an accidental death that I was directly involved with three years prior. Their recognition that everyone has a unique healing process was appreciated, and their emphasis on art therapy is effective and empowering. The organization provides valuable tools to the many people working through the death of someone close, both children and adults alike.
I am proud to say that I have worked with The ACY Grief Foundation and that I know the founder, Mary Elizabeth. She is as loving and authentic as one gets. When you are dealing with death of a loved one you need someone to understand your pain; The ACY Grief Foundation does…they just don’t talk the talk, they have walked the walk. We all deal with grief differently and in the time of need and desperation it’s good to know that there is an organization with so much love and compassion to guide us out of the dark and restore hope in our chattered lives. I will support this inspiring organization in any way I can because I believe in their mission and see the importance of their work. Thank you for healing the hearts of so many. Bonnie Sadigh
I am proud to have known Mary Elizabeth Yoder as a dear friend for over 15 years. I am honored to have been there at the inception of The ACY, and have witnessed her going through trials & errors, ups & downs, hardship and heartaches to get her foundation to where it is today. Although it still has a long way to go, TheACY has alreadymade huge impacts on so many lives. For each milestone accomplishment for The ACY, I have seen her endured sweats and blood, jumped hoops, pulled in countless allnighters, and exhausted her own personal resources and pocketbook. Watching her work relentlessly on her cause was a humbling experience. I can say with conviction that The ACY is on its way to becoming one of the leading voices in helping and empowering children cope with a death of a loved one.
This foundation is so important to the lives of children and adults in healing and in support for those whom are grieving. I believe in the positive services that art therapy provides. I applaud Mary Elizabeth Yoders passion to help others forgive and move on powerfully with their lives. The ACY Survivors Foundation is a genuine blessing for those who receive the support they so desperately need. Jeni Lynn Allen
I have known of The ACY and the stories for a number of years now and I also know how important the work is that the foundation is involved with. I have donated art to the foundation because it is a non profit organisation and being no n profit, can be a difficult task indeed. The stories I have been told about the children who have been struck down so early in their lives is heartbreaking. The support that ACY provides is nothing short of amazing and they have my continued support.
I've known the ACY Founder Mary Elizabeth for more than 10 years. She is a beacon of light well suited to carry on this work that truly breaks through the barriers of pain. She is a caring individual who embodies the qualities of forgiveness. I have seen Mary Elizabeth through some ups and downs, and each time she gets stronger on the ladder of life. Your life will be better with the ACY Survivors Foundation. Matt L.
ELEVATING HOPE - Renewed Support for the Grieving.... Grieving is a sign that life is & has been present. It effects everyone. It's A GLOBAL HUMAN CONDITION. We are all born into this world and at some point we will all exit. Having a support system during the challenging time of the death of a loved one or someone close is vital for the quality of life to continue. "Give to others that which you desire & it will be added to you." My work in support of this cause has given me much personal benefit & fulfillment on many levels. I am grateful to all who support it as you have helped in my own grief recovery & that of others. Thank you.
This one of the most needed charities today, to help people deal with trategies. I believe that ACY is in an ideal position to help all people who are suffering from personal trategies.
The ACY Survivors Foundation is wonderful. I know founder Mary Elizabeth Yoder from class. When I opened up to her about my past and the grief that I was dealing with , she immediately wanted to help in any way she could. Meeting with others that were going through similar things, really opened up my eyes to how good this kind of group would be good for me. I am very thankful to cross paths with her and the foundation.
The story of the ACY foundation is a really inspiring one. They have the best attitude and great heart. Im really proud to say i volunteered a couple of times helping this good cause. Giving people a way to deal with their pain and their love ones understanding.
I first learned about TheACY in 2008 just after I lost my father. As an adult the loss was difficult for me, but there was the part of me that was relieved his suffering was over. At his funeral, one of our young cousins who knew my father as a grandfather, at first didn't want to attend the services. None of us understood why and we approached it as adults do. (you have to go). During the services, he was overcome with tears and emotion. NONE of us knew how HE felt. There I was at my father's funeral, feeling helpless because I didn't know how to handle my cousin's grief. No one taught me. As children, we're often just expected to "handle" the loss of a family member. Expectations most of the time from adults who aren't completely equipped. The Arnold C Yoder Survivors Foundation does so much to understand kids going through loss and give them an outlet to express themselves. I was very happy to volunteer my time while I lived in California.