Family Connection
September 16, 2020
Emerging Leaders: Teens Making a Difference at TGP
January 2018 marked the start of The Gathering Place Emerging Leader Council with four teens from four different high schools. Within months, that number quickly grew to over 20. We ended this past school year with 30 students from more than 20 different schools. Teens meet together monthly learning new lifelong leadership skills that apply to every job, college experience and volunteer opportunities. They develop abilities required to succeed. These teens are likely future Board of Trustees for any nonprofit – hopefully TGP!

If you know a teen that is interested in making a difference, we would love to have them join us. Our first meeting of this school year is Sunday October 18th at 4:30pm. The teens opted for Sunday meetings as they are so busy during the week. This meeting will be over Zoom. When we are able to meet in person, the Emerging Leader Council typically meets over dinner. Emerging Leaders earn anywhere from 10 to over 40 hours of community service for their college portfolios.  

Interested teens should email Casey at or Liz at Many of our Emerging Leaders are touched by cancer but many are not – just wanting to make a difference in our community.
Rosh Hashanah:
Happy New Year to our Jewish Friends & Neighbors
Slices of apple are dipped in honey to express hopes for a sweet and fruitful year. If you have never experienced this delicious treat – give it a try and wish others a sweet new year!
This year Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown of Friday, September 18 and is celebrated for two "days" ending in the evening on Sunday, September 20. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion. More on Yom Kippur next week. 
Below are two helpful articles for celebrating the New Year.
7 Mindful Parenting Lessons for the Pandemic
Parents: you are doing your best to manage your household and likely keeping your little ones tuned into school and trying to hold down a job - all virtually! Just when you think you have figured out some semblance of routine, the school or job turn things upside down. Click below to gain some insight into taking care of you.
Bridges Grief Groups: Four Different Age Groups Plus Parents/Grandparents/Guardians
Bridges Grief Group for Families meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 6:30-7:30 pm. September Bridges groups are in a delay mode due to Labor Day! We welcome any family with children and or teens who has experienced a death from cancer. Please contact any of the staff at the end of this email to discuss if Bridges is the right fit for your family!
New this month is a Grief Group for young adults ages 18-25. Our teen Bridges group members are off at college and this new group will provide them with a group – it is virtual so young adults can join from wherever they may be living. Contact Aseem Garg for information on this group.
How Not To Be Distant During Distance Learning

Bellfaire JCB is offering a Free program for teachers and parents on how to help kids succeed with remote learning. The program, scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 from 7:00-8:00pm on Zoom, will address Zoom etiquette, creating structure, emotional well-being and resources. The button below provides the Zoom link. Or click here to download the pdf that includes details and the Zoom link.
The Gathering Place is a caring community that supports, educates and empowers individuals and families currently coping with the impact of cancer in their lives through programs and services provided free of charge.

If you or a family you know need help in coping with a cancer diagnosis or the death of a loved one from cancer, please don't hesitate to reach out to our children's program staff.
Connect with our children's program staff
Casey Durkin, LISW-S
Director of Children, Teen
& Family Programming
Erin Rafter, PhD, CCLS
Program Staff
Aseem Garg,LPCC, LMFT
Program Staff
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