Organization Name: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area

Program Name: Hope’s Place for Grieving Children

Program Contact: Jillian Roy, Bereavement Coordinator
Email:     Phone: (207) 873-3615

UWMM has funded this program for 6 years.

Amount Requested: $10000
Is this an increase from what your program received for the current funding cycle? 

Received: $6500 Requesting increase because:To ensure that we have the funding for our program to remain viable in the community

Twenty-five word summary of this program’s purpose:

Hope’s Place delivers a program of activities and services to youth 3-18 that responds to the needs of grieving youth and their families.

How your program is uniquely important to the community:

The mission of Hope’s Place is to provide a safe and supportive environment to grieving children, teens and families through peer support groups, which nurture and encourage safe expression of grief and loss.  Hope’s Place honors each child’s individuality and their process towards discovery of resiliency and emotional well-being.

Hope’s Place delivers a program of activities and services to youth 3-18 that respond to the needs of grieving youth and their families in a safe and nurturing environment.  This includes peer support groups, communication through play, music, puppetry, art, movement, writing, teaching and demonstrating methods for good self-care and healthy coping strategies.  Hope’s place also provides a support network for parents. 

Age specific group activities for children and teens are provided one night per week.  This program is provided in four 6 to 8-week sessions per year.  Facilitator training for volunteers and staff is provided two times per year. The program is held at 304 Main Street in the HVWA Community Center. Hope’s Place was designed with children in mind. The children are given art supplies and tools to help them work on projects that will enable them to express their grief and ultimately start the healing process. 

Hope’s Place is the only organization in our area that currently provides peer support bereavement services for grieving children and teens. What makes us unique is that we can provide the initial crisis response as well as support group services later in the healing process. We provide these services free of charge to the greater Waterville community and the 27 communities we serve.

Hope’s Place is also unique to the community because it is the only program south of Bangor and North of Portland that supports youth and adults in a non-clinical setting overseen by peer support facilitators.  There are still many people in our community who will not seek out therapy because they perceive it as a sign of weakness.  Hope’s Place gives them an alternative.  The coping skills learned at Hope’s Place can be utilized throughout a group member’s life to improve not only their life, but also the life of their family and community.

Program Updates

Since last report (or in past two years):

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area continues to work strategically to ensure that our clients’ needs are met, and our doors are open. We continue to bring information about our Hope’s Place Program for Grieving Children into the schools and social service agencies in Somerset County.  Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area is the only dedicated program for youth ages 3 to 18 in Central Maine.  The closest programs are in Bangor and Portland.  The Hope’s Place Staff is uniquely qualified to respond to crisis situations in our area.  As we look strategically at our mission, we would like to increase visibility in the community and expand this needed service.  Recently Jillian spend 6 hours at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter assisting a family who had recently lost their mother.  This service was provided free of charge. 

Expected in the coming year:

Our plan is to continue our current programming and expand our outreach to both Somerset and Kennebec Counties.  We will continue to respond to crisis events in the community as needed. We will actively recruit compassionate and caring individuals as volunteers for our program.  We are researching the possibility of bringing a portion of our training on-line.  We would like to bring a children’s bereavement program into the schools.  

Outcome your program most contributes to:
Education: All children grow up in a stable environment—safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

How program contributes:
Provides a direct service in early learning and youth success/education areas

Define your year: January 1 – December 31st

How much did we do? 40 (Total number served)

How well did we do it?

Performance measure: Percent of clients satisfied/very satisfied with service received
Most recent year’s data: 88%
Previous year’s data: 90%

What was the difference made?

Performance measure: Percent of children who demonstrate positive coping skills and behaviors
Most recent year’s data: 88%
Previous year’s data: 92%

Action Plan

Objectives for current year:

Our objectives for the coming year include: (1) Continuing our outreach for Hope’s Place into Somerset Country. Somerset Country currently does not have a grieving children’s program. (2) Hold a minimum of two workshops per year regarding adult and children’s bereavement concerns and issues (3) Continue to maintain and improve our lending library of books, DVD’s and periodicals related to children’s grief and healing. 

Objectives and results from last year:Success Stories

During a United Way event in support of Hope’s Place for Grieving Children a former Hope’s Place client approached Jillian Roy, Bereavement Coordinator, to let her know how much Hope’s Place meant to both himself and his children.  The client had become a widower in his late twenties when he came to Hope’s Place with his two children who were four and seven at the time.  The former client explained to Jillian that the family was involved with other support in the community, but Hope’s Place was the program that provided the most support for his children through their loss. He stated the facilitators were caring and the children were able to share their feelings and learn to cope. Hope’s Place is special to them and they hope that they can give back by volunteering with the program someday. The past participant was interested in how the program was going and thanked us for all we do. He tells others that have grieving children about the program.

Previous Year Actual Income and Expenditures

Government Funding UWMM Funding Other UWs Funding Fees/Dues Funding Other Sources Funding Total Income
0 6500 0 0 14498 20998

Total Actual Expenditures: $36556

Current Year Budgeted Income and Expenditures

Government Funding UWMM Funding Other UWs Funding Fees/Dues Funding Other Sources Funding Total Income
0 10000 0 0 15000 25000

Total Budgeted Expenditures: $30000

Anything remarkable about your program’s budget:

Hope’s Place for Grieving Children operates at a loss because there is not a dedicated funding source for this program.  We have designated the HVWA Golf Tournament proceeds to support Hope’s Place which covers approximately half of our program expenses.  We appreciate the support of the United Way of Mid-Maine to fund this valuable and unique service to our Central Maine community. 

We do not receive any other United Way funding or government funding for this program. We rely on operating funds to make up the difference to fund our program.

This year we are asking for $10,000 to fund our program.  We are anticipating the cost to run the program at $30,000.  If the United Way of Mid-Maine invests $10,000 in the Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area and we raise $15,000 from our golf tournament that will leave us $5,000.00 to raise from private foundations.

What else you’d like reviewers to know:

The United Way of Mid-Maine and Hospice Volunteers have been partners for many years. Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area is deeply invested in our community and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship.  We anticipate that the number of clients that we serve will continue to grow and we will be able to extend our services to those that need them most. 



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