September 2018 Newsletter
House of Hope Gala...it's nearly here!
This year's Silent Auction Items are AMAZING!
  • Condos and hotels in Hawaii!
  • Tickets to all your favorite sports teams!
  • Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5 and One Republic Tickets!
  • Celebrity Art
  • Restaurant gift certificate packages
  • Wine Cellar, Tequila Bar and more!

Not attending? You can still participate in the silent auction by registering this week and bidding virtually the night of the Gala! Also announcing we'll be going LIVE on Facebook! Check us out October 6!
New York Life Awards $25,000
Community Impact Grant Recipient!
Thanks to the intrepid work of our Board member Ivy Rapapport, Agent, New York Life Insurance Co., OUR HOUSE is thrilled to announce we received a $25,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life. The Community Impact Grant program awards grants of up to $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations which are championed by New York Life agents and employees to serve the needs of their local communities. Does your employer have a charitable foundation or matching gift program? If yes, contact Jayne Goldman HERE
How your Love for Amazon Raises $$ for OH
Do you love shopping on Amazon.com? Purchase with purpose. Amazon donates to
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center when you shop at smile.amazon.com
OUR HOUSE Happenings
Volunteer Spotlight
Recognizing Carol April: OUR Longest-Serving Board of Director! 
Q: How did you learn about OUR HOUSE?
A : My good friend and I met when our kids were toddlers. Her husband tragically died and she and her daughter became two of the first clients of the agency. Appreciating how valuable her experience had been and knowing that I was a bereaved child myself, she encouraged  me to get involved. I was in my forties at the time, and had absolutely no intention of going back to the sadness and pain that I experienced as a small child after my mother died. I thought I had successfully suppressed those feelings until I was at the OH office and overheard kids in a "Little Littles" group talk about the deaths of their parents. I completely lost it…
Who knew that by "finding" OUR HOUSE that I would be able to explore and normalize some of my own feelings of grief and loss and go on to help countless grieving kids like myself find comfort, support and a way out of the darkness into the light.
 
Q: Why do you continue to volunteer as a Board Member and group leader?
A: I have served on the Board of Directors since 1998. Over the years I have also run in-house and school groups, been a Camp Erin Buddy, as well as co-chairing a Gala here and there. These experiences have been some of the most gratifying moments of my life. To have had the opportunity to work with so many incredibly smart and talented board members who have contributed so much in time and resources to get OUR HOUSE to where it is today has been phenomenal. To work with such a dedicated and professional staff in my capacity as a group leader has been both edifying and enormously fulfilling. All one has to do is volunteer at OUR HOUSE and one is immediately struck by the beauty and magnitude of how fully lives are changed for the better. The work is nothing short of transformational.
 
Q: In honor of our 25th anniversary, what were you doing when you when you were 25?
A: That was a long time ago!! I was living in Manhattan and working in sales and marketing for Simon & Schuster. I was waiting for a teaching position to open up, and I ultimately taught Junior High for a year, but returned to publishing for the remainder of my career in New York. 
OUR HOUSE Welcomes New Staff!
John Sloan, Clinical Intake Coordinator

John joins the OUR HOUSE team after working for 20 years as a professional actor. He is currently earning his master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University while working as an MFT Trainee at The Maple Counseling Center. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, John earned his BA in English Literature from Skidmore College. 
Career Opportunities
Please spread the word and learn more about the position HERE !
Volunteer Opportunities
Find the Position that is Right for You!
Are you looking for a rewarding and fulfilling way to give back? Take our NEW Volunteer Quiz and check out our Volunteer Toolkit: your one-stop shop for everything you'll need for successful volunteering!
Volunteer Group Leader Training Dates
Winter 2019
  • Four Wednesdays -January 9, 16, 23 & 30

Winter 2019
  • Three Wednesdays -January 9, 16 & 23
OUR HOUSE Events
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