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Jeffs Place Childrens Bereavement Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Personal Social Services

Mission: The mission of Jeff’s Place is to facilitate healthy integration of loss for children, teens, and their families by helping them feel connected with each other and less alone in their grief journey. No bereaved child or teen should grieve alone.

Results: To-Date we have served over 500 participants from over 38 towns and cities across MA.

Target demographics: grieving children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 130 individuals

Geographic areas served: the Boston MetroWest community

Programs: free clinician-led, peer support groups; individual and family therapy; educational trainings and crisis management intervention

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

David S.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Jeff's Place means the world to the grieving families and children who attend its group sessions. I've witnessed children and their families healthfully adapt to their new circumstances. The staff at Jeff's Place is wonderful, kind, giving and effective at helping families navigate their grief journey. Jeff's Place is truly a difference maker!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about the amazing, consistent, good work of Jeff's Place staff. They meet grieving families where they are, in their mess, and help to come alongside with grace and guidance. They provide top-notch, comprehensive care to our community of bereaved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jeff's Place has made such a vast difference for my son and me through our grieving process in so many positive ways. They have helped us much on a personal and group level since the day we stepped foot in the door. I don't know where we would be today without them and we will keep going as long as we can. Such a positively wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Families who come to Jeff's Place after suffering the loss of a close family member find support, strength and hope. The staff and volunteers are a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals, and there is real healing that takes place in the support groups. Jeff's Place is an exceptional organization that fills such an important but under-recognized community need. It's a privilege to be associated with Jeff's Place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing organization!! Helps so many in this difficult situation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children and I have been attending counseling sessions since the sudden death of my husband last Spring. It has been so helpful for my children and wonderful for me to connect with others experiencing loss. We are fortunate to have such a great resource so close to home. Thanks Jeff's Place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jeff's place was a sanctuary for my daughter, my wife and myself after the death of our son in 2012. My daughter was able to connect with other teens, some of whom had also lost a sibling. She received and felt great support from the wonderful Jeff's Place staff and volunteers (who get "it"), rather than the isolation from losing her brother and feeling different. We attended Jeff's place for 2 years, and my daughter is now a Jeff's Place volunteer herself. The focus at Jeff's Place is on children's grief and healing, but the support for adults is just as heart-warming and important, as I witnessed in our parent group, as we shared our stories and bonded. Jeff's Place welcomed my family with open arms and compassion, and guided us at our own pace on the road to healing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently lost my husband to cancer. I have 5 young boys. Initially, it was difficult to know where to go to get support, but Jeff's Place was recommended by one of the boy's school principals. In an age of technology when people seem to expect a rapid return to "normal", Jeff's Place provides a safe place to continue to grieve with people who understand the struggle of losing a spouse when the children are young. I am so happy that I did this for my boys ... and for me. Great job to all the facilitators who get my children to want to come back after each session!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Husband and great father to our 4 children passed this year. I am so grateful to have an optimistic place for my children to express their feelings, gain strength, and to realize they could have strengths to offer others feeling the same pain and emptiness.
Thank you Jeffs Place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am thankful for Jeffs Place and the support that friends of mine have received. A place where they can go and share the loss with other families who understand what they are going through.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Jeff's Place after the sudden death of my husband. It has been an invaluable resource for me and has connected me to wonderful people going through the same thing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My widowed friend has seen her son benefit greatly from this program. She recommends it highly to others who find themselves in this situation where bereavement counseling is needed. It makes me happy to know that this type of support is available in the local community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel welcomed. There is space for fun, for expressing yourself as a child and adult while grieving. It's gentle encouragement moving forward for all of us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A truly caring place to go during unbearable times.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone here goes above and beyond for the families impacted by sudden and devastating grief. They are thoughtful, kind, and caring. They create a comforting and safe space to share. Truly thankful for everyone at Jeff's Place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"The light at the end of the tunnel". Children receive therapy without even realizing it. Adults mix with other adults who get it! Jeffs place is truly an unique place with unique people. It continues to guide us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending Jeff's Place since his sister passed away in December and the support has been so important. He looks forward to each group and has made some great connections with other kids who have also lost siblings. I'm so thankful for this resource!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have witnessed wonderful things at Jeff's Place. Children learn to express themselves and embark on their grief journey, families come together, parents realize they are not alone, staff and volunteers provide compassion and direction, and little miracles happen. Some of the children and families who come to Jeff's Place would be lost without it. I'm so proud of my involvement here, and of the dozens upon dozens of people who give their time to help others going through an unimaginably difficult time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are relatively new to Jeff's Place. After my wife passed away from a battle with brain cancer 6 months ago, we got a great recommendation from our pediatrician. My 3 kids, 14, 13 and 8 are doing well and resisted going at first, but they now look forward to the meetings and the people there. The staff is fantastic and unbelievably welcoming. My two boys, the two oldest, do not talk too much about their mother and the last few years, but I now look forward to the nice conversations we have on our rides home after the meetings.

Thanks to the people at Jeff's Place for making a difference in our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jeff's Place is a great organization that has been a tremendous help to my family.