National Alliance For Grieving Children
Annual Symposium 2017, Richmond, Virginia

Left to Right: TCR Staff Members Colleen Shannon,
Kim Cayer, Deborah Rivlin, Christine Lambright,
Laurie Moskowitz-Corrois, and Nancy Frumer Styron; TCR Board President Michael Nagle
In June, six staff members from The Children's Room (TCR) and our Board President attended the 2017 National Alliance For Grieving Children Symposium in Richmond, Virginia.
Held annually, this conference brings together professionals from across the United States and Canada who work in the field of grief support. At this year's symposium, The Children's Room presented or co-presented four workshops, allowing the staff to share and model best practices with our peers. TCR staff has been a regular contributor at this gathering, the largest of its kind in the country.

TCR staff received overwhelmingly positive feedback from their peers about each of their presentations. This and other conference experiences affirmed that The Children's Room is a leader in its field. 

Join Us for Our 14th Annual Memories Walk:
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Our Annual Memories Walk is a great opportunity to come together to celebrate our special community, remember those who have died, and support the important programs of The Children's Room. 

The Walk will cover 3 miles along Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. Afterward, we will gather at Arlington Town Hall to celebrate with food, entertainment, and an inspirational program to commemorate the day. This is a very family-friendly event, and we encourage you to bring your children.  

Sunday, October 15th
10:30 am beginning at Arlington Town Hall

Walk registration is underway. Sign up today to be a part of TCR's biggest community event and set up your personal fundraising page when you register. We look forward to walking together on October 15th!

Looking to get involved? Join Our Walk Committee! 

We are currently seeking volunteers for our Walk Committee to help coordinate the event. Our first committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 8th, from 6 to 9 pm. We will discuss plans to make our Memories Walk a success, while we address postcards that will be mailed to our community. We hope you will join us!  Please contact walk@childrensroom.org if you plan on attending the meeting.

If you have any questions about registering for the Walk or joining our Walk Committee, please contact Becca at walk@childrensroom.org or 781-641-4741 x334.

With Pride & Gratitude:
Thank You, Interns!

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Our time with this year's talented group of interns has come to a close. We send a heartfelt goodbye to: Kirstie MacEwen (top left);  Kimberly Hula , Christina Regal, Christine Kaveski , Danielle Niakaros , Gopi Shah , Kelly Brennan ( center row, left to right ); and Ben Warren  (front).  

With deep appreciation for their tireless support throughout the year . . .  Thank you!


Thank You and Congratulations
to Kate Sweeney
Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney  completed an internship sponsored by Arlington High School this spring with our philanthropy team. We are thrilled to share that Kate was recognized for her hard work and overall service to the Arlington community with the Teresa Mathai scholarship through the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund

Please join us in wishing Kate well as she looks forward to starting her freshman year at the University of New Hampshire this fall.
  
Our Next Volunteer Training
Begins September 8, 2017

Volunteers make a valuable contribution to The Children's Room! 

If you are considering becoming a TCR Peer Support Group Facilitator, please note that our next Volunteer Training begins on September 8th.

We encourage you to click below to read more about the training process before filling out the necessary application

Please contact us at volunteer@childrensroom.org or call 781-641-4741 with any questions or concerns you might have.
 
A Special Panel on Resiliency 
Just For Teens
High school teens and young adult TCR alumni connected with one another at our June
Resiliency Panel Discussion for Teens

On June 3rd, we hosted a unique  Teen Program  event, offered just for high-schoolers. TCR's Resiliency P anel Discussion provided teens a safe space to ask a group of TCR alumni questions about their experiences coping with grief in adolescence and transitions into life as a young adult. The young adults who participated in the panel were at various junctures of their lives--college-level, post-graduate, and graduate-level--and all were alumni of our programs from their childhood and/or teenage years.

The group first got to mix things up a bit, interacting with each other during icebreakers and over dinner. Each of the young adults then took a few minutes to share about their grief story, how they managed adolescence, and the transition into college. Afterwards, the teens were given the opportunity to anonymously pose questions to the panelists, which sparked whole-group open discussions. The topics varied from how they have been changed by past experiences, ways to cope with memories, tips on "letting out emotions," and their personal preferences in making decisions about when, whether, or how to tell others about the death.

Our young adult alumni panelists (left to right): Lauren Benoit, Tricia Smith,
and Elizabeth Roche
The young adults noted that it was not very long ago that they were in the teens' shoes, and the teens acknowledged having relatable experiences. One teen responded, 
"My favorite part was sharing and having people relate. I think through words, so hearing, learning, and discussing was really helpful. I also really liked having so many people my age . . . It felt so good to relate to other people, especially at such a hard time in life.'" 

In its second year, the Resiliency Panel Discussion has become an annual Teen Program event. One of the participants felt that it "i s a great chance to ask any questions you have about grief." Another teen wanted others to know that "[TCR's Teen Program] makes you feel connected."

We will be excited to have our Teen Program return in the fall, with a whole host of new and varied monthly events planned!

For more information about our Teen Program, please visit our website or contact christine@childrensroom.org.

Thank You to the  Community Endowment of Lexington
For Providing Recent Grant Funds

Warm thanks to the Community Endowment of Lexington, an Endowed Fund of the Foundation for MetroWest

CEL grant funds recently awarded to The Children's Room will be used to continue operating a school-based peer support group for grieving teens on site at Lexington High School. These funds will allow us to continue to provide this group at LHS free of charge!

We invite you to read more about this exciting news on our website.
 
Join Us for a Special '80s Night at ONCE Somerville
To Benefit The Children's Room

We hope you will join us at  ONCE Somerville  for a FUN benefit for TCR!

On Friday, August 11thBoston Rock Opera and Bob Voges will present "The Hereafter Party: The Ultimate Dance Tribute to David Bowie, George Michael and Prince--A Benefit for the Children's Room."

Doors will open at 8:30, and the show will start at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are $15.00 in advance, available for purchase by clicking the link below; tickets will be $18.00 on the day of show.

All proceeds will go directly to The Children's Room to support grieving children, teens, and families. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


Our Heartfelt Thanks

Our gardens play an important role in making The Children's Room a welcoming and supportive place for grieving children, teens, and families. Warm thanks to the wonderful team of volunteers from State Street who recently came to help keep our gardens beautiful. We appreciate all of your efforts! 




The total is in! Participants who supported The Children's Room as their charity of choice for this year's Cause + Event Boston 5K raised $465 to help grieving children, teens, and families. Warm thanks to everyone who ran and/or walked on behalf of TCR, and thank you, Cause + Event!




Community Tours

To RSVP for a scheduled tour or for more information, please contact 
tours@childrensroom.org  or call Becca at
781-641-4741 ext. 334.


Shopping With A Purpose

Please remember to support TCR when you shop on Amazon!

A portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to TCR when you shop through smile.amazon.com.

     
Vehicle Donation Program

The Children's Room has partnered with Donate for Charity to make it fast and easy to donate your old vehicle to TCR. Your vehicle will be picked up - free of charge! - from anywhere and TCR will receive a donation in the amount of the vehicle's value.
     
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