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2014 Miles & Memories Marathon Team – now accepting applications!

TCR's 2013 Miles & Memories Team The Children's Room will return stronger than ever to the starting line of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Seven of our 2013 Marathon Team members who were unable to cross the finish line after the tragic bombings will be joining our 2014 team. We are so proud of all they accomplished last year and are excited to support them once again on race day! We are grateful to the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program for providing TCR with 8 additional bibs for the 2014 Marathon, bringing our total team number to 15 runners. We are now accepting applications from individuals who want to participate in this special Marathon day in support of The Children's Room. If you are interested in applying for one of our 8 available bib numbers, please click here to download our 2014 Marathon runner application. Completed applications are due by Wednesday, October 30th at 5pm. Please contact becca@childrensroom.org with any questions.

By |October 17th, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on 2014 Miles & Memories Marathon Team – now accepting applications!

3 days until TCR’s 10th Annual Memories Walk!

We're looking forward to seeing you at our 10th Annual Memories Walk this Sunday, October 6th! With your commitment and efforts, we know we can reach our $100,000 fundraising goal and help more grieving children, teens and families. There are still 3 days until the Walk - this is the perfect time to send out your fundraising page to your friends, family, colleagues... anyone you know! There is still time to register and set up your fundraising page! You can also register in person on the day of the Walk. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 13. Day of Event details Check-in and on-site registration begins at 1:00 pm at Arlington Town Hall. Our opening circle is at 1:45 pm, and the three-mile Memories Walk begins at 2:00 pm. Following the Walk, we will celebrate with food, entertainment, and an inspirational program to commemorate the 10th Annual Memories Walk! This is a very family-friendly event, and we encourage you to bring your children. Find more details (including directions, parking, and check-in process) Thank you to everyone who is participating and helping us make this our best walk ever. We look forward to gathering together to honor and celebrate the lives of those whom we walk in memory of. We truly appreciate your involvement and support for The Children’s Room. For questions or more information, contact walk@childrensroom.org. Thank you for your support! We'll see you at the Walk!

By |October 3rd, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on 3 days until TCR’s 10th Annual Memories Walk!

Upcoming panel highlights TCR’s involvement in the community

Expanding Our Reach! The Children's Room's programming has grown far beyond our Arlington center into the greater Boston community. Please join us to hear how our panelists' collaborations with TCR have supported the children and families they serve. Join us at The Children's Room to learn more Wednesday, October 23rd 7 - 9 pm 1210 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington Please RSVP by October 20th to Becca at becca@childrensroom.org or 781-641-4741 x334. Panelists Dr. Victoria Arthur, Medical Director, Lexington Pediatrics called on TCR to educate her staff after a teen suicide affected her practice. Tina Chery, President and CEO, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, collaborated with TCR to offer a peer support group for Dorchester middle school students impacted by community violence. James Farnham, School Social Worker, Lexington High School and TCR continue to co-lead a peer support group at Lexington High that is now also being replicated in other towns.  

By |September 27th, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on Upcoming panel highlights TCR’s involvement in the community

Behind the Scenes at TCR: Teens connect, find grief support at school

TCR staff member Colleen Shannon, LICSW shares her story of beginning a peer support group in a local high school and her new, exciting role at The Children's Room. This feature story is the first in a series that will highlight staff at TCR. Colleen Shannon, LICSW Three years ago today, I sat in the guidance office of Lexington High School with a bowl full of stones, 15 nametags and a handful of markers. The bell rang to signal the change of classes. I took a deep breath. We began planning for a high school peer support group the year before. TCR’s Teen Troupe performed at Lexington High, we offered training for guidance staff, and we presented an information night for parents. The stage was set to welcome students into our first peer support group, on high school turf. I wondered if anyone would show. Questions ran through my mind... would this group work? Would it be too vulnerable for high school students to talk about such personal and painful experiences in the middle of a school day? The bell rang again, interrupting my thoughts. Three students arrived, positioning themselves cautiously, yet nonchalantly, as far as could be from where I sat with my co-facilitators. Mr. Farnham, the school social worker and one of the co-facilitators of this group, thought we might get a few more takers. Sure enough, the door opened and in popped another student, “Hey, Mr. Farnham, is this the place for the group thing?” Mr. Farnham nodded and more students filed in. For the next few minutes, water was poured, name tags were made, snacks were distributed… and then we began. Throughout the school year, to my amazement, the [...]

By |September 27th, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on Behind the Scenes at TCR: Teens connect, find grief support at school

Remembering 9/11

a single white rose left as tribute at today's memorial ceremony at NYC's 9/11 Memorial Today, on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we’re honoring the memory of over 3,000 people who lost their lives on that tragic day. We send warm thoughts and our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who died and to all who were affected by the events of that day. Grief has no timeframe, and we know that the loss that was felt twelve years ago is still felt in many different ways to this day.   Photo credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

By |September 11th, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on Remembering 9/11

Workshops on grief education begin next week

There are still openings in all four of The Children's Room's upcoming educational workshops! Continuing education credits are available, and online registration is fast and easy. Don't miss this year's new workshop offering: "Strategies for Self-Care: Exploring Our Own Losses". As “caring professionals”, we often underestimate the cumulative impact our work has on our personal well-being.  This experiential workshop provides an opportunity to acknowledge the important work we do, explore our own losses, and focus on self-care – preventing burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious traumatization. Learn more about TCR's workshop series...

By |August 1st, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on Workshops on grief education begin next week

TCR Receives $100K Grant from Cummings Foundation

PRESS RELEASE July 16, 2013 By Cheryl LaMee-Ludwig Chris Watson (right), program volunteer at TCR, with Ben Daniels of Cummings Properties at the Cummings Foundation "$100K for 100" awards reception Chris Watson, program volunteer at The Children’s Room, beams after learning of a $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant.  Ben Daniels,  a longtime employee of Cummings, nominated The Children’s Room (TCR) for a grant given through Cumming Foundation’s new “$100K for 100” program.  This $10 million infusion of funding into Boston’s non-profit sector was strategically placed by the Woburn-based Foundation.   All of the selected charities serve local communities -- 50 in Middlesex, 30 in Suffolk and 20 in Essex.  Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s Executive Director, noted that the narrow geographic priority area reflects a desire to give back in areas where the grant funds were derived. The Children’s Room was nominated for the grant by Ben Daniels, a 13-year employee of Cummings Properties and a neighbor of Chris Watson.  Watson, passionate about TCR and its programs, expanded his role this year from Program Volunteer to now include another volunteer role, Fundraising Ambassador.  He found The Children’s Room at a difficult time in his life, having just lost a friend, a college roommate and his mom in rapid succession.  Instead of focusing on himself and his own grief, he decided to reach out to others, and signed on as a program volunteer working with teens 12-17 who had lost a parent or sibling.  Ben Daniels, Safety Director at Cummings Properties, learned of The Children’s Room’s work because he and Watson are Norfolk neighbors. Cummings gave Daniels, as well as all 10+ year employees, an opportunity to direct $1,000 to a local non-profit.  Daniels chose TCR to [...]

By |July 16th, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on TCR Receives $100K Grant from Cummings Foundation

TCR Welcomes Blyth Lord as Newest Board Member

PRESS RELEASE July 13, 2013 By Cheryl LaMee-Ludwig The Board of Directors for The Children’s Room appointed Newton resident Blyth Lord as its newest member.  Based in Arlington, The Children’s Room (TCR) supports grieving children, teens and families.  Executive Director Donna Smith Sharff is confident Lord will extend the work of the Board, “Blyth is a passionate advocate for grieving families and her personal experience as a social entrepreneur and bereaved parent makes her especially qualified to serve on our board. We are so fortunate to have her on our team." Lord has volunteered for three years, and “absolutely love[s] it!  Everyone is special and the process is so uniquely powerful and intense.  As a bereaved parent, I am especially able to see the impact TCR has had on the families it serves.”  Lord’s 2-year-old daughter, Cameron, died of Tay-Sachs disease.  In addition to her work with The Children’s Room, Lord is President of the Courageous Parents Network, Executive Director of the Cameron and Hayden Lord Foundation, and the producer of the “Parenting Children with Life-Limiting Illness” video.  Thrilled by her Board appointment, Lord adds, “I joined the Board because I deeply believe in the mission of TCR and want to promote and sustain its important work, including broadening its educational materials and resources to families.” The Children’s Room began in 1993, operating as a subset of Hospice West in Waltham, MA, before opening as an independent, non-profit center in 1999.  Twenty years since its inception, TCR has grown to be the largest independent 501(c)3 organization in Massachusetts supporting grieving children, teens and families.  Each program offered by TCR is built around their guiding principles: grief is a natural and healthy response to death; everyone [...]

By |July 13th, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on TCR Welcomes Blyth Lord as Newest Board Member

Marathon Bombing Support Group Series

The Center for Homicide Bereavement (CHB) of the Victims of Violence Program Cambridge Health Alliance is offering Marathon Bombing Support Group Series. The group is for those in the vicinity of the finish line (injured and those in attendance). All services are free of charge. This program is supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victims Assistance through1984 VOCA grant from the Office of Victims of Crime, OJP, US Department of Justice Date/Time: In response to continuing requests they are offering a 4th group starting Thursday June 6th, 2013; 6:00pm-7:30pm (this is a 4 -session group). Location: 675 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 For additional information or if you are interested in attending: Please contact CHB staff at (617) 591-6123.

By |June 3rd, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on Marathon Bombing Support Group Series

Full-tuition scholarships available for teen summer backpacking course

The Children's Room is happy to pass along some exciting news about this summer's Colorado Outward Bound Heroic Journey: Full-Tuition Scholarships Available for the following  Outward Bound Heroic Journey courses: HEROIC JOURNEY 2013   6/17/13-6/23/13 Colorado Alpine Backpacking     7/10/13-7/16/13 Colorado Alpine Backpacking   8/9/13-8/15/13 Colorado Alpine Backpacking    http://www.outwardbound.org/course-list/5/heroic-journey-courses/  Contact Jason Stout at 720-432-5786 or Call our National Student Services #828-239-2320   About Heroic Journey Heroic Journey is a special program for your High School teens ages 14-18 that have experienced the death of a loved one. Thanks to the New York Life Foundation, a range of partial to full tuition scholarships are awarded to every student dependent on need. With 7 years under our belt, this is a proven program and you can be assured that the students/families will thank you upon completion.  Thanks to the Alenson Family, Outward Bound can offer full-tuition scholarhips to qualified teens involved with The Childrens Room.  Scholarships are limited and are awarded  to teens accepted on to course by the Colorado Outward Bound School . Call me at 828-239-2304 and we can discuss the benefits of this program. I, with the help of others, created the first Heroic Journey in 2006 in honor of my sister, grandmother (murdered), and father who died before I turned 15. After I returned from my 78 Day Outward Bound Semester course in 2002 I was inspired to create something with meaning. It took me more than three years to get it going, but thanks to my friends at Outward Bound we made it happen. Now it's grown into a national program. Open to Hope Show on "Bereaved Siblings"-Heroic Journey and Interview with Jason Stout http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj1_Hcog6Sg&feature=youtu.be More about Heroic Journey Heroic Journey, Outward Bound for grieving teens has served more than 550 teens, ages 14-18, since 2006. We combine our [...]

By |May 17th, 2013|Categories: News|Comments Off on Full-tuition scholarships available for teen summer backpacking course