How many mothers have lost a son to violence or addiction or being at the wrong place at the wrong time?This mother, Tracy, Tim's mother, turned anger and despair in the loss of her son to a dedication to do something about it for other mothers and families through putting programs in place for young men in jail who stand a chance to turn things around in their lives before it's too late by going through rehab at Tim's House. Compassionate workshops for women overcoming violence and loss have also been made available and support of programs for young people learning to overcome anger and violent reactions that put them at risk of destroying their own potential if left unchecked, while there is still a chance.This is a wonderful investment for your donation. Having been involved in criminal justice and rehab, I have seen how effective these services are and that we can save the future that affects all of us by investing in and reaching out to those who are our future!
Tim was a close friend of mine. I have donated to the foundation since the beginning. It is greatly moving to see how an incident of such tragic proportions can expand into exponential positive transformations at so many different levels. I love everything TGMF does. It gives me hope and inspires me to continue spreading love and compassion throughout the life that I am blessed to live. Tim would be smitten to see his how his legacy has enriched the lives of others.
I am part of the Tim Griffith Foundation, and each time I volunteer or attend events I meet new people. Sometimes they are clients that use our services, sometimes they are professionals with expertise in the fields we serve, and sometimes it's other volunteers who are generous with their time. I get back far more from my participation with the Tim Griffith Foundation than I ever put in, and I look forward to many more years of meeting new people.
I am proud that the foundation I volunteer with is doing so much good work in the Bay Area on matters as difficult as dealing with addiction, violence and loss. Most everyone has been touched by one or all of these areas, and there's so much need for healing. Volunteering with and/or financially supporting Tim Griffith Foundation makes a big impact and difference to many!
I went to the Meadowlark retreat for moms who have lost children. I felt so loved, embraced and comforted and FINALLY like someone gets it... Someone understands my overwhelming grief, loss, heartache. Losing a child is losing your future and is the most painful experience any parent will ever endure. Having someone there to walk you through it, to hold you up even, in a retreat setting like this was amazing. To feel cared for when you just feel that you can't care for yourself some days is an incredible gift that the Tim Griffith Memorial foundation has given parents. THANK YOU from the bottom of my broken heart
It's difficult to express how healing the Meadowlark Retreat is unless you've been there. A weekend retreat for mothers who have lost adult children, 7 women sharing our stories and our children. The most beautiful setting in the wine country, led by caring volunteers who prepared delicious organic meals and created a peaceful space, loose structure, spiritual rituals, and pampering. There was no detail left undone. I hate to use this word, but an AMAZING experience.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with others. It takes a lot of courage to come to one of the retreats and I am so glad that you did....and that you found it so helpful....Stacey
My Name is Pamela Smith
I now volunteer for the TGF, however I first was a client served.
I came to one of the meadowlark retreats after the loss of my youngest son Trevor.
to date there has been nothing that has given me more in my journey then the week end I spent.
It also is an amazing day twice a year, the Sunday before Mothers Day and the first Sunday of December, during times that Moms with child loss find difficult we get together for continued support from each other.
I have been grateful to become a volunteer at the meadowlark retreats, helping with food preparation and taking care of the moms who attend. Knowing behind the seen what goes into these retreats, the care , thought and compassion just to mention a few makes me honored to be apart of this wonderful foundation
Pam - thank you so much - we couldn't do it without ya! love, Stacey and the TGF Board
Along the journey one travels when you lose a child to suicide, I heard about the Meadowlark retreat for mothers. I participated in the weekend retreat and was amazed at the compassion, welcoming and understanding extended to me and the whole group. I thank the Foundation for partially subsidizing this; it was very helpful to me and I took away a lot from it.And I now have a group of mothers I can call my friends and who understand me in a way no others can.
Kathy - thank you so much for coming to a Meadowlark Retreat. You do have friends - moms who understand your pain and grief.....Stacey
Eleven months after my eleven-year-old son died, I went to a grief retreat called Meadowlark through the Tim Griffith Foundation. It was there that I met other grieving mothers for the first time and had an opportunity to talk about my son to other women who understood. I got to tell my story from start to finish without worrying that my story was going to upset anyone. We were all upset. We were all broken by child loss. It was during that weekend retreat that I realized for the first time that I was powerless to save my son. We were all powerless. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have gone to Meadowlark.
The work that is done and supported by the Tim Griffith Foundation is life changing and of the highest caliber. They soothe the hearts of those who are broken due to the loss of a child. They provide shelter, rehabilitation, and hope to those who are desperately trying to turn their lives around. They helped found and and continue to support the necessary mental health counseling services that our under served , transitioning youth need and deserve to helps them begin to heal in ways that allow them to improve relationships and focus on staying and succeeding in school. Their devotion and dedication to these services and the people who receive them, is extraordinary and a gift to our community.
I have volunteered with the Tim Griffith Foundation for nearly 10 years. They are a tight knit group of passionate individuals who all care very much about the organizations they support. I would highly recommend getting involved or donating to this group as they are well guided and very thoughtful in how they choose what organizations/issues to support.
Thank you so much Gina - your continued volunteering and support mean so much to us. We couldn't do it without you. Stacey
I have volunteered for many of the Tim Griffith Foundation events but there are two that I remember the most. Listening to the young man who spoke at last year's November Gala about his life of drugs, violence and neglect that has been turned into a life of care, value and peace through his time at the Foundation's "Tim's House" was particularly moving. Also, the changed look of the faces of the men who were grieving the loss of their children at the end of the Meadowlark Retreat was unforgettable. As they worked together to build a children's playhouse and painted remembrances of their precious children on each panel of the house, their spirits were lifted and they came together to comfort each other in a way that was life changing for each and every one of them. There is no better feeling after volunteering my time than to see in person the effect that the Tim Griffith Foundation had on these people. I would gladly give my time any time I am needed. ~Kenny Jackson, Foundation Volunteer
Kenny - thank you so much for all that you and Debbie do for the Foundation. We could not accomplish what we do without you.....Stacey
I am new to the Tim Griffith Board, but not new to the foundation. I first became a volunteer cofacilitator for the Meadowlark Mother's Retreats. When a child dies, a familie's world is destroyed. The retreat allows a Mom or Dad an opportunity to get a little bit of their world back and rejoin life. In addition to grief, those touched by violence or addiction can also find hope and support. The work of this foundation helps to rebuild lives and I am extremely proud to support their work financially and as a volunteer, so these important services can continue to be offered to those in need.
I have noticed the impact the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation has had over the years. Tim was a great friend of mine and I miss him everyday. I am so happy that Stacey had the strength and determination to create a foundation that helps others with the loss of a loved one.
Thank you Tim - we love doing it and keeping Tim's memory alive by helping others....Stacey
Stacey Redman started the Tim Griffin Foundation in 2005 to honor her son, Tim, who was tragically murdered. She used her own loss and grief as an impetus to reach out to help others. Surrounded by a community of women Stacey used the foundation to help others who are suffering the effects of losing a child, fighting the bondage of addiction or seeking alternatives to violence. The Meadowlark Retreats provide a safe place for grieving parents to find support as they struggle with their loss. Young men who are residents of Tim’s House find a safe and sober environment as they work through their recovery. As well, at risk high school students receive counseling and support as they transition to mainstream high school and learn alternatives to violence. I have been privileged to see the positive results of their work and I am proud to be a volunteer of this organization.
Tim Griffith Foundation and the people who drive this amazing organization are simply exceptional. They dare to reach out to and support people enduring the most horrendous traumas imaginable: the loss of a child; children who are victims of domestic and community violence; young adults struggling with staying clean from addiction and trying to get their lives back on track in a society that creates punishments that are near impossible to get out from under (even after serving one's sentence). And, they do this with deep compassion, and unending enthusiasm, hope, and commitment. The Tim Griffith Foundation is an extraordinary organization that deserves to be recognized and honored for the amazing work that it does.
I lost my son 6 years ago and this foundation sponsored me to spend the weekend with other moms who had lost their sons along with some counselors great food form the volunteers which made the weekend very special thank you
Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation is so special. I attended the retreat for grieving mothers. I was very withdrawn and not functioning very well after losing my 17 year old daughter. My niece found this retreat and set it up for me to attend. The moment I arrived I felt calm and in the right place. Everyone their made you feel welcome and let you go at your own pace. Meeting the other precious mothers who I still think of and feel for and pray for told their story's and shared special moments of their lives with the children they lost which made you feel like you are not alone and our children are still alive in our hearts and it was OK to talk about them. I am thankful everyday for Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation (I know how hard this must be to keep it going but she does.)
I would never want to say that I *enjoyed* the grief retreat I went to last September, but being surrounded by other bereaved mothers was the first time I felt normal since my 11-year-old son died a year earlier. On my way to Sebastopol where the retreat was held, I was terrified to be away from my support people back home and surrounded by strangers. But being together and sharing our most wounded and vulnerable selves with each other was powerful. It didn't bring back any of our children, but we found commonalities through out losses, and through that connection, there were baby steps made in understanding our grief. Thank you Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation.
I have been involved with the Tim Griffith Foundation as a volunteer for 8 years. I have seen it grow from a vision to an inspirational and highly effective organization that not only serves the community but brings support and hope to so many. The creativity, innovative strategies and passion for helping others is driven by its founder, Stacey Redman. It has been immensely rewarding to not only be a part of this organization but to know that the work has positively impacts the lives of so many. In a sea of non-profits, The Tim Griffith Foundation stands out as a shining star of heart and accomplishment.
I am a volunteer for the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation and it has been such a rewarding experience. I have been able to volunteer side by side with individuals who have been supported by the organization. Each person has shared actual instances where help has been available for them, i.e., support at the clean and sober house for young men, support at the weekend retreat for mothers who have lost a child, and support at the local high school for youth who have had substance abuse problems. It has been an honor to get to know these people and know that we are all working to help through the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation.