November & December 2017 Newsletter
OUR HOUSE Happenings
Welcome New Staff!

Michele Bartlett, LCSW,  Associate Clinical Director of Child  & Adolescent Programs
Michele, who is based in Woodland Hills,  is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the field of trauma and loss with children and adolescents in community settings. She is an adjunct professor for the Master of Social Work department at California State University Northridge and is a trained field instructor for social work interns. Michele has a long history of working with OUR HOUSE as a volunteer group leader for in house and school based groups in addition to working at the first Camp Erin.

Kellie Jane Adan, Evening Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant, 
Woodland Hills

Kellie studied psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and worked as a medical administrator in the area for twenty years. After relocating to Los Angeles, she worked in entertainment, but longed to serve the community via an empathetic and supportive environment. She was born in England, but has lived in the United States all of her adult life.  

Robin Takashima, Clinical Coordinator of Camp and Children's Programs

Robin, based in West LA, began her non-profit career in development before obtaining her M.A. in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Robin has over ten years of clinical experience working with youth impacted by homelessness, violence, and trauma, in drop-in, residential, and school settings; though her work with children began a decade prior at several day camps. Robin is pleased to join the OUR HOUSE staff and return to her camp roots to coordinate Camp Erin.

2018 Marks OUR 25th Anniversary!

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to learn more!
Mark Your 2018 Calendar

-January 20, 27 & Feb 3, 2018

-Feb 7-9, 2018

-April 29, 2018
What People Are Saying About Us!
"OUR HOUSE is a very special place. After my fiancĂ© died I was terrified. I had never felt such pain or isolation. I did not know how I would survive. OUR HOUSE knew that about me the moment I walked in. It was the only place I felt safe. The women that worked with me are angels, for whom I will always be grateful." 
Friends & Laughter at the Associate Board's Night for Hope! 
Together we raised more than $42,000
that will directly provide HOPE
to grieving children, teens and adults.
Thank you to those who joined us as we remembered the importance of laughter!  
How Families Can Cope With Grief During the Holidays
Although a family member or friend has died, your family can still enjoy the holiday season with some advance planning and open communication.  Keep in mind that children look to you as a role model of how to grieve. Set an example of it being okay to talk about your loved one who died. That may be the social cue children are seeking to express their needs during the holiday season. For more ways to make the holidays meaningful when someone you love has died, click  here
#GivingTuesday Results!

On Giving Tuesday, $5,246 was raised to end the grief stigma. Thank you for helping us kick the elephant out of the room and show that it is okay to talk about GRIEF!
Volunteers' Annual Thank You Bruncheon
OUR volunteers are the reason we are able to serve so many people. This holiday season, we paid a special tribute by honoring OUR amazing volunteers and all they do to help grieving hearts heal. 
As part of the day's program, mother and daughter pair Lisa and Ally Rodnunsky shared their inspiring stories about being OUR HOUSE group leaders. Thank you!  
L to R: Beth Freeman and Board Chair, Jory Goldman
A heartfelt and grateful thank you to Jory Goldman for her tireless dedication and leadership as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2015-2017. 
2017 Staff Retreat
OUR staff closed out the year with a meaningful and inspiring retreat, thanks to the day's talented facilitator, Jordan Husney. Thank you to Carol and Rand April for opening up your beautiful home, making for a rejuvenating and productive day! 
End of Year Impact
Though October
End of Year Giving
As we wrap up OUR 24th year, please consider including OUR HOUSE in your end of year giving to ensure grieving children and adults receive the support they need and deserve.
Volunteer Opportunities
Adult Group Leader Training
3 Saturdays: January 20, 27, & Feb 3, 2018

Children & Teen Group Leader Training
3 Saturdays & 1 Wednesday: Jan 20, 27,  Feb 3, & Feb 7, 2018