The evening of October 1 was a special one for a group of teens who participate in our programs for young people. They met with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who engaged them in a wide-ranging discussion about dealing with life’s challenges that touched on grief, philosophy―and football.

Last year, Mr. Kraft generously donated $100,000 to The Children’s Room so that we could expand our outreach to grieving teens, who are a traditionally under-served group. Because a portion of the grant was contingent on our ability to match it, Mr. Kraft’s gift has resulted in more than $150,000 in new funding for our work with teens.

During the visit, Mr. Kraft experienced the safe, healing atmosphere of our big yellow house in Arlington. He toured the center, and then sat with our teens and chatted with them about their experiences with TCR and, of course, football!

To read an Arlington Advocate article about Mr. Kraft’s visit, please click here. To see photos from our time with Mr. Kraft, please visit our Facebook page. To read a Boston Globe article about Mr. Kraft’s gift and the impact it is having on TCR, please click here.