FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (April 2, 2018) – Trustbridge is pleased to announce that the not-for-profit, end-of-life care provider has been selected to receive a $50,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support the Sea Star children’s grief support program, which brings valuable bereavement support to children and teenagers in Broward County.
"We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation's investment in this program, which will help us grow our grief support outreach program within Broward County, and reach children and teens who are seeking hope and healing after the loss of a loved one," said Michelle Miller, Senior Manager of Bereavement with Trustbridge. "Our program's goal is to reduce the sense of isolation that young people often internalize, and to help them experience a sense of emotional resolution when coping with death and loss."
The Sea Star program provides children of all ages with bereavement support services such as individual counseling, support groups, day and weekend camps with indoor and outdoor activities, and family fun nights. All of Trustbridge's grief support groups, workshops and family activities are free of charge and open to everyone in the community who has lost a loved one. For more information, visit www.trustbridge.com or call (888) 499-8393.
The New York Life Foundation created the Grief Reach program to help providers overcome barriers to bringing grief support services to youth not served by existing bereavement programs. More than 200 Grief Reach grants totaling over $7 million have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2011. The New York Life Foundation has been one of the leading funders of the childhood bereavement field, investing $35 million to date in support of grieving children and their families.
"Grief Reach applications have grown exponentially since the program began five years ago, which illustrates that awareness and demand for bereavement services is increasing every year," said Maria Collins, vice president, New York Life Foundation. "We have responded to the demand by broadening the application parameters and increasing the financial support so that even more grief service providers can reach diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country."
Trustbridge will host a check presentation ceremony with members of the New York Life Foundation on Monday, April 9, at 1 p.m. at the Trustbridge Broward regional office, located at 550 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309.