September Newsletter
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We Need Your Help!

We are always looking for more volunteers! Current volunteer opportunities include: Support Group Leaders, Camp Erin-LA , Special Events, and Administrative Assistance.

OUR HOUSE Volunteer Group Leader Testimonials

" I came  across OUR HOUSE from a friend who attended group there and couldn't credit it enough in helping her move through her grief. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity which would require more than same day service and she suggested I check it out. Not having a lot of grief in my personal life, I wasn't sure if it was going to be the right fit. However, when I met with the staff and saw the impact they have on the community I knew it was where I wanted to devote my time. Volunteering at OUR HOUSE has changed my life. Knowing I've helped children move through what might be the most difficult thing they've had to or will go through, is truly rewarding. Watching their progression and growth leaves me speechless. As a volunteer OUR HOUSE makes sure to give you the tools and resources you need, which is really helpful given how heavy the subject matter can be."
- William, 33

Grief Support Group Testimonials

"OUR HOUSE is a blessing. I have been struggling for some time following the death of my parents. After a few months at OUR HOUSE I knew this was the place I was looking for. I am a better person and able to deal with my grief in both my personal and professional life. I'm so grateful for OUR HOUSE.
- Carrie, 23
"OUR HOUSE's volunteers  and their support group were invaluable to me in helping me better understand my grief, find coping mechanisms, and find a safe place to be sad and find my way again."
- Justine, 39

I Wish I had a Book to Read, written by OUR HOUSE's Clinical Coordinator of Adult Programs and Volunteer Trainings, Randi Wolfson, MA, LMFT, provides a unique approach on grief for children.
To read the full description and purchase this insightful read, please click here
Mark Your Calendar
  • Night for Hope
    • Nov. 16
  • CEU Training
    • Feb. 1-3 
  •  Run for Hope
    • Apr. 30 
Q & A with OUR HOUSE Founder: 
Jo-Ann Lautman
October marks 24 years since OUR HOUSE first opened its doors to those grieving in Los Angeles. Jo-Ann Lautman, founder of OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center, never imagined the agency would grow to become what it has with three centers, dozens of school-based groups for students throughout the city, and free groups for Spanish speakers. We sat with Jo-Ann to discuss how she sees OUR HOUSE growing in the near and distant future. Click here to read more.
OUR HOUSE Honors 9/11 in NYC at BGC Charity Day

This year OUR HOUSE was chosen to be one of the few charities to participate in the 2016 BGC Charity Day in New York City. Each charity in attendance is represented by a celebrity ambassador. who takes trades from investors and brings awareness to their charity's cause. We were thrilled to have former NFL Wide Receiver and six-time Pro Bowl participant,  Terrell Owens, as our ambassador. Above you can find him pictured with Edie Lutnik, Co-Founder and President of the Cantor Fitzgerald Foundation.

BGC Partners, in conjun ction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, commemorate d  the 658 friends and colleagues who died on September 11, 2001 by distributing 100% of global revenues on Charity Day to dozens of charities around the world.

OUR HOUSE is Expanding
OUR HOUSE is excited to announce we are expanding our presence in the Los Angeles community. Our newest location in Mid-City/Koreatown provides access to grief support groups for those who may not be able to come to our Woodland Hills or West Los Angeles centers. 

We are currently forming wait lists for Adult, Child and Adolescent groups at our Mid-City/Koreatown location, co-located at the Karsh Family Social Service Center.

To learn more, call OUR HOUSE at 888.417.1444. 

Ask about our  Spanish  grief support groups for adults and our student groups in  schools !
Continuing Education Training
Grief Specialist Training For Professionals

Take Advantage of the Early Bird Student Discounts and Register Today!
February 1, 2, and 3rd, 2017   ( Wed-Fri)
San Fernando Valley

This 3-day intensive training provides in-depth education including interventions and experiential practice for those who wish to become Grief Specialists for children and adults.  21 CEUs   provided. 
Meet OUR HOUSE's New Staff
Jayne Goldman, MBA, C.Ht
Development Associate

Jayne brings with her a vast array of skill sets and experience in the non-profit, business and counseling worlds.  Prior to OUR HOUSE, Jayne served as Director of Corporate Development at the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, with prior experience spanning over 20 years as a top-performing Global Account Executive in advertising.  Jayne is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach and Practitioner. She earned her BA from the University of California Los Angeles, and MBA from University of Southern California.

Ginnean Shaw
Development Coordinator

Ginnean began her career at Dailey and Associates Advertising where she was an Account Manager for large brands such as 76-Gasoline, Hilton Hotels, Callaway Golf Clubs, and more.  Soon after taking some time off from her career, Ginnean realized she was a great asset in raising funds for her children's schools.  She has run several annual giving campaigns, silent/live auctions, and festivals.  Ginnean earned her BA from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in Marketing. She lives with her husband and their three girls in the Beverlywood area. She will be focused on continuing to expand our Run For Hope!

Alumni Corner
Are you looking for a way to get involved with OUR HOUSE as an alum? 

Stay Updated on Alumni Events and More: 
OUR HOUSE is proud to announce we have a new Facebook group only open to alumni! Click here to join the alumni group and stay updated on upcoming alumni events and opportunities. You must be logged in to Facebook to access the group link.

Night for Hope - November 16

Visit for more details and to purchase your tickets today!